What’s in Season: May Picks | Blog
What’s in season, May: We’re harvesting some excellent Pink Lady Apples in Victoria; while Imperial Mandarins are looking exceptional this season. Here’s our picks for the best in-season produce to enjoy this May!
Imperial Mandarin season has hit its stride, and we’re seeing some exceptional quality, size, sweetness and juice levels. We’ve hit the peak of our season with large volumes shipping daily from our orchards near Gayndah, QLD. Expect to see some excellent prices in store on both loose and pre-packed fruit. Keep an eye out for the Red Rich Fruits label in supermarkets now, and watch our full Imperial Mandarin update below!
Look for: Vibrant orange-coloured skin, and a fragrant, appealing scent. Imperial Mandarins should feel firm but not hard when gently pressed; and feel for skin that’s slightly loose around the fruit.
Pink Lady Apples
Harvest is continuing on our orchards in the Yarra Valley, with picking of Pink Lady Apples expected to run for another couple of weeks. While the Pink Lady crop and fruit sizes have been smaller than previous years, colour and flavour have been excellent. Watch our Pink Lady update below to find out more.
Granny Smith, Royal Gala, Red Delicious and Fuji Apples
All varieties of apples are in abundant supply right now, with our Pink Lady Apples the last to come off our trees in the Yarra Valley. Overall, apples are moving along nicely this season with better volume around across most varieties compared to this time last year. In-store prices have also been excellent.
Look for: Apples should be firm to touch and have an appealing apple aroma. Fruit should have no wrinkled skin or softer flesh as this is an indication that the fruit is past its prime. Store apples in the crisper drawer of the fridge to maintain freshness.
Beurre Bosc & Packham Pears
Good volumes of both Packham and Beurre Bosc Pears are continuing, with both varieties eating very well.
Look for: Gently press the flesh near the pear’s stem to see if it’s hard, or has some give. If there is some give then it’s ripe and ready to eat.
Make the most of…
The following fruits are currently in short supply so make the most of them when you can find them!
Blueberries are in tight supply at the moment. The bulk of blueberry volume has been coming from New Zealand in recent weeks and their season is coming to an end; but we’re yet to see a good volume beginning in Australian-grown fruit. In-store prices are likely to be marginally higher as we wait for these increased volumes of fruit to arrive.
Look for: Blueberries should be completely deep blue in colour, with smooth skin.
Like blueberries, strawberry supply is also limited. The Victorian strawberry season is nearing its end; but the Queensland season is only just beginning. We don’t expect to see good strawberry volumes out of Queensland for another couple of weeks. Again, in-store prices are likely to be marginally higher as we wait for these increased volumes of fruit to arrive.
Look for: bright to deep red colour all over with plump flesh and a sweet scent.
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