Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
14 - 20 August 2017


FRUIT

Warm Queensland weather is producing a bumper crop of luscious, plump and super tasty strawberries. Your local greengrocer will be offering fabulous specials this week especially on multi buy purchases. Whip up a quick strawberry cheesecake sundaes – this quick cheat is fabulous for a mid-week dessert. Expect to pay $2-$3 a punnet.

Blueberries are sweet eating and good value at $3.50-$4.50 a punnet.

Ultra-juicy tangelos are sweet, tangy and easy to peel. Fruit should feel heavy for their size, as this indicates a good juicy content. Tangelos are $3-$5 a kilo. Use as you would oranges; the juice, rind and plump are packed with flavour.

Looking for a low kilojoules snack, then you can’t go passed Aussie apples. Pink Lady, Fuji, Jazz, Fuji and Royal gala are still eating nicely and good value at $3-$6 a kilo, depending on size. Red Delicious apples are retailing for $2-$3 a kilo, depending on size and quality.

With their rich raspberry-red succulent flesh and sweet flavour, blood oranges are ideal for juicing. One medium blood orange yields about 1/3 cup juice. Add the juice to salad dressings or sauces. Blood oranges are $3-$5 a kilo.

Pop a tangy-sweet pineapple in the trolley this week. Choose firm fruit which feels heavy for its size. Pineapple does not ripen after harvesting; a perfumed aroma indicates good flavour. Pineapples are $3-$6 depending on variety and size. Pineapple adds a delightful tangy to a salsa, try this Pineapple & chilli salsa with crisp-skin salmon.

Make the most of late winter lemons. Juice and zest adds flavour to marinades, cakes, steamed puddings or make your own preserved lemon. Select lemons that feel heavy for their size, this indicates good juice content. Lemons are $3-$6 a kilo.

In season now until mid-summer, succulent sweet Kensington Pride mangoes are bursting with tropical flavour. Tuck into a new season mango for $5-$7 each, depending on size.

VEGETABLES

Super versatile fennel is a seasonally good buy at $2-$2.50 a bulb. Both the large bulbs and smaller baby fennel are in season. Fennel teams well with tomatoes, citrus, potatoes, capsicums, lamb, chicken or seafood.

The longer days and slightly warmer days is yielding a small increase in the volume of zucchini and zucchini flowers. Zucchini flowers sold with a small zucchini attached are the female flowers and are delicious dipped in a tempura batter or stuffed and baked or pan fried. Zucchini are retailing at $2-$4 a kilo and zucchini flowers are $5-$6 for a tray of six. Try our Eggplant, zucchini, lime & chicken curry.

Enjoy the quality and flavour of market fresh locally grown bok choy, choy sum and gai lum for $1.50-$2.50 a bunch. Toss in a hot wok and serve as a side vegetable or combine with meat for a quick, easy and healthy stir-fry.

Good for you ... Field grown eggplant is a good source of dietary fibre and also provides some vitamin B6 that is important for the body's use of protein. Warm up with a tasty eggplant, lime & tofu laksa. Queensland grown field eggplant is a top buy this week at $3-$5 a kilo.

Antioxidant rich kale is a tasty and thrifty buy at $2.50-$3.50 a bunch. Sauté chopped kale in olive oil and chopped garlic and serve as a side dish or add to your favourite juice to kick start your day with 100% of your daily requirements of vitamins A,C & K.

Savour the subtle sweet-onion flavour of plump, flavoursome leeks, which are selling for $2-$2.50 each.

Add red capsicum to pizza toppings, salads, stir fries, char-grill or stuff with a meat and vegetable filling and bake until tender. Red and green capsicums are retailing at $3-$5 a kilo.

Broccoli is one of the most nutritious vegetables, it has some iron plus potassium and a high content of vitamins, including vitamin C. This week is an ideal time to make the most of broccoli as it is selling for $3-$4 a kilo.

Alternatively it’s a great week to pop a cauli in your trolley. They are firm, compact and delicious roasted. Expect to pay $2-$3.50 a cauliflower depending on size.

FLOWERS

You are spoiled for choice this week as there is a superb selection of quality flowers available from your florist in spring, look for violets, hellebores, daphne, stock, sweet peas, poppies, protea, lavender, protea, leucadendron, kale, flowering blossom, orchids, blushing bride, lilies, carnations, freesia, lisianthus, poppies, roses, tulips, sea holly, forget me knots, jonquils or purple iris.

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Prices quoted in this report are only relevant for the week of the report. All prices are estimates only as prices vary depending on variety, size and quality of produce and the trading area. For further information please contact Sue Dodd, Retail Support Manager on tel 0438 725 453.


Published On 2017-08-14 00:30:00

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