Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
1 - 7 AUGUST 2022


FRUIT

Fruit Winter is the peak time for citrus and vibrant ruby-fleshed blood oranges. Select blood oranges with firm, orange-red coloured skin; enjoy the raspberry-coloured juice as a thirst quencher or use juice in delicious desserts like poached pears in citrus & honey syrup. Blood oranges are available for $2-$6 a kilo, depending on size and quality. Alternatively, pick up a kilo of navel oranges for $2-$5 a kilo.

Zesty, juicy lemons add a delicious freshness and tang to dishes. Winter is the peak time for lemons, so use the juicy to reduce richness in meals, elevate flavours and add tang. Teamed with garlic and thyme lemons can make a simple tray of roasted veggies extra delicious – check out our recipe. Lemons are available at your local greengrocer for $3-$6 a kilo, depending on size and quality.

Nothing is more alluring than the warming aroma of cooking with apples. Think delectable apple pie, delicious apple crumble, warming salted caramel apple tart tartan or a homemade apple sauce to serve with pork! While you can buy apples all year round, crisp apples take pride in place in the fruit bowl in cooler months. It’s the perfect time to cook with apples. Most apples retail at $3-$8 a kilo.

Delicious fresh Medjool dates have soft sweet flesh with a caramel-like flavour. Eat them fresh for a sweet snack or deseed, chop them, and add them to cakes and puddings or stew to serve with porridge. Choose plump, shiny, dark brown Medjool dates. Fresh dates retail at $15-$30 a kilo, depending on the grade.

Curvy, versatile, tasty pears are thrifty buy at $3-$7 a kilo, depending on the variety. Add pears to sweet and savoury combinations. Pears compliment gorgonzola cheese, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate seeds, strawberry, apple, spinach, chicken, rocket, rosemary, parsnips, parsley, mint, cilantro, cinnamon, and honey

Tangelos have a tangy flavour and a fragrant aroma. Use their juice and flesh in recipes as an alternative to oranges in winter. Toss tangelos segments with baby spinach leaves and walnuts for a quick salad. They’re bursting with beneficial vitamin C. Grab a kilo for $3-$6 a kilo.

Bananas are great value at $3-$5 a kilo, depending on size and quality. Despite their creamy texture, a banana contains no fat. An average banana contains only 501kJ or 120 calories or weight for weight that’s about the same as cottage cheese.

Aromatic and flavoursome strawberries are also a good source of fibre. While strawberry prices remain firm, the fruit is sweet eating. This week we should see strawberries on sale for around $4-$7 a punnet, depending on growing area, variety and size. For a quick and warming dessert, try these super easy quick roast strawberries.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Mashed, boiled, baked, roasted or fried, you can’t bet Aussie-grown brushed potatoes for versatility and value. Brushed potatoes are always cheaper purchased in bulk; 5-kilo bags are $5-$6 each, the same price as a 2-kilo bag.

Enjoyed equal for their earth, sweet taste and ruby red colour, beetroot is delicious roasted or steamed and partners well with garlic, watercress, mustard, balsamic vinegar, orange, capers, onion, celery, sour cream, halmoui or feta. Grab a kilo of large beetroot for $4-$5 a kilo. Warm up with a bowl of tasty and vibrant beetroot soup.

In winter, roast, pan-fry or braise mild aniseed-flavoured fennel. Select plump fennel bulbs with fresh-looking feathery fronds attached. Refrigerate in the crisper section. Use within five days. Fennel goes with tomatoes, eggplant, olives, citrus, onion, cheese, potatoes, lamb, pork, chicken, seafood, cream, grapes, plums, apples, ham, pears, pasta and gnocchi. Fennel is $1.50-$2.50 a bulb.

Quality Asian greens add flavour and a delightful crunch to stir-fries. Bok choy and pak choy (also known as baby bok choy and Shanghai bok choy) are mild flavoured, fast to cook and good value at$3-$3.50 a bunch, depending on variety and bunch size. Store refrigerated in a plastic bag in the crisper section; best used within three days for maximum freshness.

Nutritious Brussels sprouts are full of goodness, and the quality is superb; expect to pay $3-$6 a kilo. This flavoursome Brussel sprouts, bok choy & pork stir-fry is fast, fresh and makes a thrifty meal.

Living lettuce quality hydroponically grown lettuce, such as oakleaf, baby endive, mignonette, and coral, are a thrifty buy at $3-$3.50 ahead.

Cauliflowers are bursting with goodness. Roast a tray of spiced cauliflower to serve with a tahini yoghurt dressing or warm up with a creamy style cauliflower, leek & bacon soup. cauliflower is $5-$6 each, depending on size.

Parsnips are delicious roasted and add a unique sweetness to soups and casseroles. Roast parsnips with pears and leeks; this delightful combination of teams well with roast pork or chicken. Premium quality parsnips are $8-$10 a kilo.

FLOWERS

Flowers Brighten up your home or office with a big bunch of seasonal flowers. pierus, isopogen, stock, snowdrops, calla lily, tulip, banksia, allium, sea holly, flowering blossom, anemone, Geraldton wax, poppies, turtle leaves, delphinium, kale, wattle, freesia, jonquil and snapdragon are in season, and the quality is superb.




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, tel 0438 725 453


Published On 2022-08-01 15:34:00

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