Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
15 - 21 January 2018


FRUIT

The warm January weather has intensified the flavour of the peaches and nectarines making fruit ultra-sweet. Summer salads are made more delicious with wedges or summer stone fruit. This Peach & Blueberry Skillet Pancake is perfect for breakfast or as a dessert. Depending on variety and size prices $4-$10 a kilo at your local greengrocer.

Vibrant, refreshing Australian grown limes have a unique tangy citrus taste and are top value 30¢-50¢ each.. Limes are ideal for using in cheesecakes, meringue pies, puddings, sauces and salad dressing. To obtain the maximum amount of juice from a lime, warm the fruit in the microwave for 30 seconds or roll firmly on the kitchen bench then juice.

Aussie grape season is in full swing so grab a large juicy bunch or a kilo bag to enjoy as a snack or for a burst of sweet add grapes to salads. Select from White, red and black seedless varieties prices are ranging from $3-$12 a kilo, depending on variety.

Snap up the last of the sumptuous Tasmanian grown apricots. Serve poached apricots or whip up an Apricot & Almond Upside-Down Cake. Premium apricots are $7-$16 a kilo, softer fruit maybe a little cheaper.

Irresistible and antioxidant rich blueberries plentiful and retailing at your local greengrocer for $1.50-$4 a punnet.

Bananas are top value at $1.50-$3 a kilo. For a quick dessert enjoy a classic banana split or Bananas with Salted Caramel Fudge Sauce are delicious.

Snap up sweet eating late season plump flavoursome cherries. Most cherries are now coming from Tasmanian. They excellent quality and priced at $8-$25 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

It is a fabulous time to enjoy melons? Rock melons are $2-$5 each or for something new try the Piel de Sapo melon. This oval shaped melon originated in Spain and has a juicy pale yellowish green, dense flesh and are distinguishable by their extra thick and ridged mottled green and yellow rind. Piel de Sapo melon are $3-$6 each.

Soft, delicate figs are scrumptious tossed into a salad with a little prosciutto and feta cheese, or roasted in the oven on a tray with a drizzle of honey for a delicious dessert. You can enjoy the best figs from your local greengrocer for $1-$2 each.

VEGETABLES

Fresh sweetcorn is loaded with natural sugars. Enjoy traditional all yellow corn and super sweet, polka dot variety with its white and yellow kernels. For maximum sweetness corn is best eaten soon after purchasing. Expect to pay 50¢-80¢ per cob.

If your firing up the barbecue and looking for low-fat options than add mushrooms to the hot plate. Buttons are perfect for kebabs and the jumbo flats are the idea meat substitute. Mushrooms are $9-$12 a kilo.

Team green beans or new season snake beans with garlic and stir-fry until tender or blanch and add to a salad. Machine harvested beans are $3-$5 a kilo, handpicked beans are $7-$10 a kilo and snake beans are a bargain at $2.50-$3 a bunch.

Select smooth eggplant with firm, satin-like, glossy skin, which feel heavy for their size. Eggplants are good value at $2-$40 a kilo for locally grown field eggplant and $4-$6 for glasshouse product. Baby sized with a dappled purple and white skinned eggplants are $5-6 a kilo.

Crunchy Cos lettuce is a thrifty buy at $2-$3 a head. TIP: Store refrigerated and was just prior to using.

Aromatic basil is at its tastiest in summer. Take advantage of the premium value and quality and team basil with tomato based dishes, blend a batch of homemade pesto to enjoy with fresh pasta or tear leaves and add to salads and dressings. Basil is $3-$3.50 a bunch.

There is a plentiful supply of salad tomatoes instore this week, the quality is superb, expect to pay $3-$6 a kilo.

At this time of year light, colourful, flavourful salads are essential. Baby spinach leaves is a tasty and nutritious addition to salads, like this easy Green Bean, Spinach & Beef Salad. Baby spinach leaves are sold in pre-packed bags (100g-180g) for $3-$4 each or purchase it loose for $15-$20 a kilo.

FLOWERS

Bright up your home or office desk with hydrangea, tuberose, sunflowers, pineapple lily, flowering gum, bee hive ginger flowers, Queen Anne Lace, dahlias, snap dragons, zinnia, bouvardia, oriental lilies, water lilies, amaranthus, lupins, lotus pods, gerbera and a super range of greenery. To obtain the maximum vase life, remember to trim the stems and refresh the water every 2 days.

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, Marketing Consultant on 02 9325 6200.



Published On 2018-01-15 15:35:00

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