What’s in Season in October | Blog
What’s in season in October: Darwin’s mango season is peaking now; while Victorian strawberry season is just getting started, and Victorian-grown stone fruit will be here by the end of the month. Here’s our picks for the best seasonal fruits to enjoy this October.
Kensington Pride Mangoes
It’s taken a while but Darwin’s mango season is finally hitting its peak. While volumes are down 30-40% on last year, and fruit has been smaller in size, quality has been very good. Mango 4-packs in select retailers have also been providing excellent value for shoppers. At this stage it’s looking like harvest will continue into November so keep an eye out for falling prices on loose mangoes in stores as the season progresses. Check out our mango recipes for some delicious inspiration! Watch the full season update below.
Look for: Kensington Pride Mangoes have yellow skin with an orange blush, but you should also go by touch, shape and smell when you’re selecting mangoes in-store.
Like Kensington Pride season, environmental conditions have delayed the start of Darwin’s R2E2 mango season; but the season is shaping up very well. The harvest is currently in its early stages, and fruit quality and size have been looking great.
Look for: R2E2 Mangoes are larger in size, and have orange skin tinged with a red blush. Like Kensington Prides, you should also go by touch, shape and smell when you’re selecting mangoes in-store.
The Victorian strawberry season is beginning now with volumes expected to grow throughout October. It’s been a good lead up to the season so quality is looking very good. Strawberry prices have been very low in recent weeks, but are expected to rise as the Queensland season draws to its close.
Look for: strawberries should have plump flesh and a bright to deep red colour all over, with a sweet and appealing scent.
Peaches & Nectarines
Victoria’s stonefruit season is fast approaching with nectarines and peaches arriving toward the end of October.
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.
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