Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
23 - 29 January 2017


With Australia Day and Chinese New Year celebrations taking place this week, greengrocers expect to be busy as shoppers make the most of the best of our summer produce. This Australia Day serve barbecued veggies cooked to perfection as a side dish, as part of an antipasto plate or make them the feature of your BBQ. When it comes to dessert, we suggest barbecued peaches, mangoes or bananas. Celebrate Chinese New Year with luscious fruits like lychees, dragonfruit, and watermelon or toss Asian leafy greens and snake beans into a wok for a health stir-fry.

FRUIT

The coolest fruit of the season, vivid pink seedless watermelons from Cowra is at its best now. Priced at $1-$1.50 a kilo when purchased whole, watermelon is a bargain. Try adding thickly sliced watermelon to the barbecue warm through and serve with crumbled feta cheese and fresh mint, it’s delicious.

Riverina, Cowra and locally grown Hawkesbury rockmelons are flavoursome and a choice buy at $2-$3 each.

Aromatic and sweet eating peaches and nectarines are a top buy at $3-$8 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

Fill your fruit bowl with juicy emerald green limes. It makes good sense to use limes instead of imported lemons during this time of year as limes are much better value. Use limes for cheesecakes, meringue pies, marinades, sauces and salad dressings and serve with seafood. Limes are 50¢-80¢ each. Greengrocers are offering specials for net bags for limes.

Snacking on juicy, Australian cherries is one of the joys of summer. So make sure you get your fill before the season finishes in the next month. Apart from their superb tasty cherries offer numerous health benefits including fibre, vitamin C, antioxidants, they have anti-inflammatory properties, and are good for brain health. Cherries are $18-$30 a kilo, depending on size. Serve up a cherry & chocolate pavlova this Australia Day or add cherries to a summery fruit salad flavoured with a ginger lime syrup.

Luscious mangoes Queensland mangoes are a summery treat. Calypso and Honeygold varieties are plentiful and the Keitt variety started this week. Depending on variety and size mangoes are $2.50-$5 each.

Plump, with edible skin and a lovely rosy-pink seeded flesh, figs are the perfect partner to soft creamy cheeses and cold meats. These pretty soft delicate fruits are brilliant sliced and served on fruit toast with ricotta cheese. Figs are available at your local greengrocer for $1-$3 each. Look for bulk buy specials.

Late summer yields a plentiful supply of tangy –sweet passionfruit. Choose fruit that is heavy for its size, a slightly wrinkled appearance is quite acceptable. Avoid small, dry, withered and discoloured fruit. Passionfruit are 70¢-$1 each depending on variety and size.

Celebrate Chinese New Year with tropical tasting lychees and longans (also known as dragon’s eyes. Whip up dessert: Team peeled lychees with chopped mango and papaya, sliced banana and passionfruit pulp. Serve with vanilla ice-cream. Lychees are $7-$20 a kilo and longan $10-$15 kilo.

VEGETABLES

Summer is the time to enjoy locally grown eggplants. There is so many ways to enjoy eggplant, roasted, grilled, barbecued or add to a curry. Eggplants are $3-$6 a kilo. BBQ eggplant with minted yoghurt & pomegranate is delicious.

At its best from late summer to early autumn locally grown sweetcorn is one of summer's star vegetables. Greengrocers are selling sweetcorn this week for 50¢-$1 a cob. Barbecuing sweetcorn imparts a delicious smoky flavour.

Zucchinis take on a new life when barbecued. Slice lengthwise into 2 or 3 slices, spray with olive oil and barbecue on the grill for 2-4 minutes or thread zucchini, mushrooms and capsicum to bamboo skewers and barbecue until tender. Zucchinis are $2-$5 a kilo.

Barbecued red capsicum becomes more sweet and tasty. Enjoy warm or cool and remove the thin skin and add sliced to a salad. Capsicum are retailing at $3-$10 a kilo, depending on origin and quality.

Versatile green beans are thrifty buy at $3-$5 a kilo. Premium hand-picked beans are $8-$10 a kilo.

Snake beans have a taste and texture similar to a green bean and are sold fresh tied in loops. To prepare, cut beans crossways into lengths, microwave, boil, steam or stir-fry. They add a delightful crunch to salads, they are ideal for Asian dishes. Try our recipe for choy sum, snake bean and garlic prawn stir-fry. Snake beans are $2-$3 a bunch.

Asian leafy greens, such as bok choy, choy sum and gai lum are a bargain at $1.50-$2 a bunch. Serve these nutrition vegies steamed and tossed in oyster sauce or add them to a Chinese inspired stir-fry like this Bok choy & chicken chow mein.

FLOWERS

Red flowers, potted orchids and lucky bamboo will be in strong demand this week for Chinese New Year celebrations. The best summery flower buys this week includes pineapple lilies, tuberose, lisianthus, pink crab claws, lotus pods, ornamental kale, celosia, dahlia, echinacea, buddleia , gum nuts, flowering gum, white bouvardia, French lavender, sunflowers, zinnia and locally grown roses.

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 2017-01-22 21:45:00

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