What’s in Season for Christmas | Blog
What’s in season for Christmas: With quality looking exceptional and an abundant supply, it’s all about stone fruit, cherries and mangoes this Christmas. Here’s our must-have fruit picks for your Christmas table.
Cherry harvest is underway on our orchards in the Yarra Valley. While it’s a light crop due to environmental and pollination issues; fruit size, is looking exceptional, making them our #1 pick for Christmas tables. The Australian cherry season lasts just 100 days from beginning to end, so get in quick to make the most of the high-quality fruit! Watch our cherry season update below for more.
Look for: fruit that has a deep colour, and feels plump and firm with just a slight amount of give when touched.
Kensington Pride & R2E2 Mangoes
Kensington Pride and R2E2 mangoes are in abundant supply right now, with hot and dry conditions making the eating quality sensational. Supply is currently coming from Townsville, with Kensington Pride harvest also underway in Mareeba. Prices have been looking great in the lead up to Christmas.
Look for: yellow skin with an orange blush, but don’t look for this alone! Also go by touch, shape and smell when you’re selecting mangoes in-store.
White & Yellow Peaches & Nectarines
The 2019 stone fruit harvest has just begun on our orchards in Wandin. Fruit size and quality is looking excellent, and fruit is plentiful in supply; despite recent heatwave conditions. Ongoing warm weather has helped to produce some beautiful sweetness in the fruit, and prices are looking good.
Look for: Smooth, unblemished fruit with an appealing fresh fragrance and flesh that gives slightly when gently pressed. Stonefruits bruise easily so handle them with care.
The first plums of the season are arriving now and we’ve been seeing some great quality. Keep an eye out for more Australian-grown plums appearing in stores as the season progresses.
Look for: Fruit with deep purple-red skin and flesh ranging from yellow to deep purple (depending on variety).
The first Australian apricots of the season arrived around November, and volumes are starting to pick up. Apricots are at their best in early summer and the arrival of warmer weather should see the fruit developing even more of their distinctive sweet flavour and juiciness.
Look for: Fruit that’s orange to yellow in colour with a subtle red blush.
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