Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
6 - 12 March 2017


FRUIT

Enjoy large plump fleshy plums. There are numerous varieties now in season ie Sugar plums, Teagan Blue and October Prices are ranging from $4-$7 a kilo. Team plums with new season apple and make a fruit compote to enjoy hot or cold. You are going to want to try our Easy plum crumble – Queen Garnet are $17-$20 a kilo.

Flavoursome new season Williams pears are fresh off the trees. Enjoy them eaten firm or soft. Serve with cheese, or toss through a salad or roast firm pears to enjoy with pork. Williams’ pears are $2-$4 a kilo, depending on size.

Moist and extra sweet figs are a seasonal treat not to be missed. Figs are available for 80¢-$3 each. Enjoy them with ricotta and fruit toast for a decadent breakfast. Look for prepacked punnets $3-$5 punnets.

There’s an abundance of sweet and crunchy grapes now available at your local greengrocer. With at least 8 varieties to select from each varying in colour, flavour, size and seed content there is a choice for all grapes aficionados. Enjoy grapes are a snack or add them to sweet or savoury salads. Grape prices are ranging from $3-$9 a kilo.

Put some zing in your day with Aussie limes for 50¢-$1 each. Squeeze lime juice over seafood, use in marinades, whip up a tangy lime butter or drizzle a little juice in to dishes to reduce richness. 7 DELICIOUS WAYS TO USE LIMES.

Creamy with a nutty flavour Shepard avocados are in season. Reduced supplies will see avocados retailing at $2.50-$4 each, depending on size. Avocados contain good unsaturated fat and are the richest source of vitamin E of all the fruits and vegetables.

Crisp, juicy new season apples are bursting with natural sweetness. New season Royal Gala, Fuji, Jonathon and Granny Smith apples are $4-$7 a kilo.

VEGETABLES

Glossy skinned eggplants are a good source of dietary fibre. They also provide vitamin B6 that plays a role in hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body. The purple skin is a rich source of antioxidants. To preserve its low fat content, bake, grill or barbecue eggplant rather than frying it. Eggplants are $3-$6 a kilo. Try our Miso & chilli-glazed roasted eggplant.

Versatile mushrooms can be combined with just about anything to produce a tasty, ‘quick & easy’ meal. Firm, mild buttons are excellent in pasta dishes and salads, while full flavoured jumbo flats are scrumptious grilled or barbecued. Keep mushrooms in a paper bag in the refrigerator. Mushrooms are $7-$10 depending on size.

With their mild onion flavour, plump flavoursome leeks are the perfect choice for teaming with mushrooms, eggs, tomatoes and seafood. Larger leeks are sold by the stem, while thinner stems are sold in bunches. Either way, expect to pay around $2.50 - $3 each.

Pumpkins are plentiful and selling for $1-$2 a kilo depending on variety for uncut product. Select from Butternut, Jarrahdale and Jap pumpkins. Once cut pumpkins attract a small price increase. Add the sweet nutty flavour of pumpkin to your curries, pasta dish or roast and toss through cooked couscous or a salad. Add roasted pumpkin to a lunchbox salad like this Roast pumpkin, chickpea, rice & barley salad.

Late summer to early autumn is the best time of the year to enjoy locally grown on choy, also known as water spinach, kangkong and water convolvulus. This tasty leafy green vegetable is ideal for adding to a stir-fry or steam boat but is also delicious stirred with chilli paste, garlic, shrimp paste and chopped green onions. At $2-$2.50 a bunch it is a bargain.

Golden fleshed kumara tubers are excellent value at $2-$4 a kilo. Add diced and roasted kumara to a salad with rocket leaves and sliced pear and toasted walnuts, baked chunks in a drizzled of olive oil and sprinkled with cumin or add to a curry to embellish with a delicate sweetness like this Carrot, kumara & cauliflower rojan josh curry.

FLOWERS

Autumn flowers are top quality visit your local florist and pick up a bunch of lisianthus, dahlia, celosia, oriental lilies, pineapple lily, Siam tulips, sedum, beehive ginger, sunflowers, roses, chrysanthemums, hanging amaranth, dancing lady, tulips, tiger lily, Easter daisies, carnations, roses (a good range of colours), gerberas, bouvardia or tuberoses.

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 2017-03-05 21:45:00

Print Page