Rich Christmas pickings

FESTIVE FRUITS: Apricots, mangoes and nectarines are among the favourites in the lead up to Christmas.
FESTIVE FRUITS: Apricots, mangoes and nectarines are among the favourites in the lead up to Christmas. Claudia Baxter

STONE fruits and mangoes are all the rage at Ipswich fruit shops this Christmas.

The season's fruits are peaking just at the right time according to Yamanto Country Markets manager Matt Rayner.

Mr Rayner said the store is hoping to sell a tonne of every variety of their stone fruits in the days leading up to Christmas.

"It's definitely our busiest time of the year," he said.

And stone fruits would be our most popular fruit. They're just perfect at the moment; we've had some great fruit come in this year.

Similarly the Dinmore Fruit Barn is seeing stone fruit fly out the door according to owner Davinder Singh.

"Stone fruit are definitely the most popular fruit at the moment," she said. "All the seasonal fruits are really popular. Everyone is going for them at the moment.

"But it's definitely nectarines, peaches, plums and cherries that are our most popular right now."

Mr Rayner said in the days leading up to Christmas he was expecting the store to be packed to the brim.

"The next few days will be our biggest of the year for sure," he said. "We've got 30 staff here and we'll have most of them on in the lead up to Christmas.

"Normally the store is packed come the days before Christmas, there will be people lining up outside the door for their Christmas fruit."

Mr Rayner said this year's fruit had been of the highest quality after a slow start to the season.

"The fruit that are coming through now are great.

"They're just what you want over Christmas."

JUST PEACHY

  • The term stone fruit refers to fruit from the prunus genus including plums, cherries, peaches, nectarines and apricots.
  • Australian stone fruit season runs from October to April every year with the peak in December.
  • More than 100,000 tonnes of stone fruits are grown in Australia yearly.

Topics:  christmas food, mangoes, stone fruit



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