Time to cherry-pick festive fruits
IPSWICH fruit shops are preparing for a Christmas rush as shoppers buy up big on festive favourites for the party season.
Cherries, mangoes and nectarines will be in high demand for fruit platters as Christmas entertaining gets into full swing.
Luscious summer fruits have hit the shelves and such shops as Yamanto Country Market are preparing for a busy season.
Employee Robert Faulks said the popular picks of cherries and mangoes were sure to be a big hit.
"We get 1½ kilo boxes of cherries closer to Christmas and they're really nice ones," Mr Faulks said. "Around Christmas people go crazy for them."
Store owner Eddie Hobchi said this year should be a great season for stonefruit.
"Generally speaking, there should be plenty of fruit at reasonable prices this season providing the weather doesn't do anything," he said.
Zoe Chalk, from the Ipswich Fruit Shak, said the Christmas season was the perfect time to try some juicy stonefruit.
Ms Chalk said fruit was always a hit at this time of the year when summer fruits were at their best.
She suggested Ipswich households take advantage of the climate and serve fruit platters as a healthy option for Christmas.
"As long as the fruit's cut up, people will always eat it," she said.
"It's fresh and healthy and better for you than a block of chocolate."
- Cherries can ease the pain of arthritis.
- Eating them can help you get to sleep.
- They are also a good source of Vitamin C and copper.