Quality melons flood market

ROCKMELONS are ugly on the outside and pale on the inside, but they are the best they have been all season and are an affordable fruit.

However, seedless watermelons are also good quality and should soon fall in price.

There are still stonefruit on the shelves, with a choice of peaches and nectarines, but it is the end of the season and some varieties are harder to find.

Plums are outstanding, especially the sugar plum variety.

Menindee and crimson seedless and muscat table grapes are the best eating.

Figs are in mid-season and not as flavoursome as in past years due to wet weather. Williams pears are sensational eating.

New season royal gala and red delicious apples are the pick this week. There are some Chinese apple varieties in the stores so check with your greengrocer if uncertain of your apple's country of origin.

Australian valencia oranges are a touch softer, and some may have black inside, but their quality is expected to improve.

Mangoes are at the end of their season. However, watch out for new season persimmons that have hit the shelves this week.

Bananas are still available, with lady fingers and cavendish varieties similar in price. In the salad lines, tomatoes, salad mix and green leafy vegetables are available but you will need to look for quality. Cucumbers have firmed in price and lettuce remains expensive.

Australian hass avocados are expensive. The New Zealand fruit is the best on shelves. Shepard avocados are good quality, although some may be grey inside.

Potato prices are firm but their quality has improved. Onions have reduced in price as more are available. Quality broccoli, cauliflower, beans and cabbage remain expensive but corn and carrots are excellent value.

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