New Zealand: Broccoli, cauliflower and mandarins are this week’s best buys

United Fresh president Jerry Prendergast said cauliflower was again a good buy this weekend, with plentiful supply and expected prices between $3.50 and $5 each. The prices are expected to increase after the weekend.

Prendergast says broccoli growing conditions have been “exceptional” for broccoli, with the crop being planted after the late January and early February weather events. Price points are expected to be between $2 to $2.50 each.

The mandarin season is fully underway, with very large volumes being harvested over the coming five to 10 days, Prendergast said. “The season starts in the Northland region from now until the end of May, then the main crop is out of Gisborne from May through to the end of August. This year’s fruit profile is on the large size - the trees have received plenty of rain over the summer period, this is producing a larger than usual fruit size.”

Prendergast said the yield predictions are on track as expected despite the excessive rainfall during summer months. Depending on where you are in New Zealand, the price per kilogram of mandarins is expected to be between $6 and $8 next week.


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