Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
21 - 27 August 2017


FRUIT

Few fragrances compare with the perfume of fresh strawberries. With strawberries supplies at their peak you should be able to sniff out a bargain with prices dropping to $2-$3 a punnet. For maximum flavour, wash strawberries just prior to hulling (removing stalk).

Late season navel oranges are still juicy and sweet eating. Start your day with freshly squeezed orange juice, add flavoursome segments to a salad or make a quick dessert. Navel oranges are $2-$4 a kilo, depending on size.

Queensland and Northern Territory seedless watermelon is flavoursome, extra juicy. Whole seedless watermelons are retailing for $1.50-$2 kilo or buy a wedge for $2-$2.50 a kilo.

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, depending on size. Moist and citrusy this blood orange & blueberry cake is a favourite.

Loaded with healthy boosting antioxidants fresh blueberries are $3.50-$5 a punnet. Make a healthy blueberry fool, lightly crush blueberries and fold through natural yoghurt with a drizzle of honey or try our fresh blueberry cream scones.

Kon Fruit also sold as Sumo are large mandarins, resemble a large tangelo in shape, with a thick, wrinkly rind this fruit is easy to peel, seedless and ultra-flavoursome and juicy. Expect to pay $6-$8 a kilo, enjoy now as the season is short.

Sweet eating pineapples are ranging from $3-$6 each, depending on variety and size. Choose firm fruit which feels heavy for its size. Pineapple does not ripen after harvesting. A good perfumed aroma indicates good flavour. Fresh pineapple slices are scrumptious in this combination Pineapple, leg ham & zucchini bruschetta.

VEGETABLES

Premium quality large snow-white cauliflowers are a bargain at $2-$3 a head. Cut a head of cauliflower into large slices (to make cauliflower steaks) Pan fry or roast until tender.

When it comes to fast and simple cooking you can’t go past asparagus. This delicious vegetable is retailing for $3-$3.50 a bunch. Top blanched asparagus with grilled bacon, a poached egg and ground black pepper.

Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin A and C. To retain maximum flavour and nutrition, cook broccoli lightly. Broccoli sprigs are lovely blanched and served with dips. Broccoli is $3-$4 a kilo. For a delicious and easy mid-week meal whip up this Wok-fried broccoli, red chilli & beef.

Fresh green beans prices have dropped to a super buy this week at $3-$4 a kilo for machine harvested beans. Bright and brimming with flavour green beans are delicious in stir-fries or salads.

Zucchini may be mild tasting however this makes them extremely versatile and suitable for combining with a myriad of flavours to creating scrumptious meals. Pick up a kilo of zucchini this week and whip up a delicious zucchini based dishes. Zucchini are $2-$4 a kilo.

Prized by Mediterranean countries for its fresh flavour and versatility fennel is a bargain at $2-$3 a bulb. Fennel is delicious tossed with pasta; try our Fennel, tomato & Italian sausage spaghetti.

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 daffodils, jonquils, anemone, violets, hellebores, freesia, daphne, sweet william, sea holly, sunflowers, stock, sweet peas, poppies, protea, lavender, protea, , kale, orchids, blushing bride, lilies, lisianthus, roses, tulips, forget me knots 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 2017-08-21 00:30:00

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