As cooler and wetter conditions result in a later harvest than usual, Australians can expect to see more lychees on supermarket shelves for longer this year. Despite a bumper crop being picked, prices have stayed steady, meaning the delay is also good news for growers such as Lush Lychees in central Queensland.
Australian Lychees Association president Derek Foley's orchard near Bundaberg had produced a record crop. "[The crop is] 40 per cent up on what I've ever done before," said Foley, adding that the volume of fruit was up on last year across the industry but prices had stayed steady despite the increased supply. "It's been solid. I don't think there'd be too many growers complaining about the price."
Foley said the fruit developed later than normal due to cooler temperatures and wet weather that stretched well into spring.