Buy West Eat Best for the freshest produce experience. The Gascoyne Food Council wants Perth consumers to be reminded that local, in-season produce is the best choice as Carnarvon grapes start hitting supermarket shelves.
“December means local Grapes are now in season” said Gascoyne Food Council’s Executive Officer Doriana Mangili. “Buying local not only tastes better, but contributes to the Western Australian economy as well,” Doriana says.
Carnarvon grower’s Bumbak and Sons have reported that unusual cold weather has slowed the ripening process resulting in picking a little later than expected. However, produce will reach shops in late November and consumers will be able to enjoy a range of varieties of grapes through to mid-January with produce being available across major retailers and independent stores in Western Australia.
Close to Christmas the unique varieties of Cotton Candy, a fairy floss flavoured grape will be available as well as the Candy Hearts variety with a sweet candy flavour. With the huge variety of colours, varieties and flavours there is something for everyone to enjoy.
“Later picking has given us plenty of time to finish our program of crop management. After pruning we have had a team of 50 workers leafing and bunch trimming by hand aiming to increase crop quality,” said Mark Bumbak.
“There really are some stand out grapes to keep your eye out for this year, for reds the Sweet Celebration is large, sweet and a crunchier grape. For a black grape Sweet Sapphire – it is an elongated grape with a dimple in it’s base and is beautiful to taste, definitely worth a try. Finally for green keep your eye out for Autumn Crisp, a large round berry, with a supersized crunch and taste to match, Sweet Globe is a large round sweet grape with a crunch factor,” said Mark.
“What better way to celebrate the festive season than with local produce? It is the gift that keeps on giving as it ensures customers get great food to enjoy, and that our industry can continue to grow and thrive into the future,” said Doriana.