Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
1 - 7 FEBRUARY 2021
Juicy, emerald green coloured limes are plentiful and good value at 30¢-$1 each, depending on size. Squeeze lime juice or papaya and avocado to enhance the flavour. We used limes in syrup to make this refreshingly good, try this lychees and mangoes in lime dessert.
Exotic, pink-skinned lychees are bursting with tropical sweetness. Depending on variety lychees are $12-$50 a kilo. Add a few peeled and seeded lychees to a red curry for a refreshing sweetness.
Plump and flavoursome, blackberries are good value at $5-$6 a punnet. Enjoy them now or freeze them to enjoy later. Starting your day with blackberries, adding them to your yoghurt, muesli or try this quick and healthy mango, berry and chia overnight oats.
Ultra-fresh and crunchy, new season apple Royal Gala apples have started. Crisp and crunchy with an attractive pinkish-red skin colour MiApples from Lenswood in Victoria also started this week and will be available until the end of March. Both apples are $6-$10 a kilo, depending on size.
Snap up a bargain with juicy Valencia oranges. While the skin colour will be tinged with green pigment at this time of year, the fruit will be full of juice and a generous serving of immune-boosting vitamin C. Valencia oranges are $2-$3 a kilo. Many greengrocers offer a 3-kilo net bag at specials prices like $4-$6.
Make the most of late-season peaches and nectarines. New-season Golden Queen peaches have started, this classic sweet-eating peach is fabulous for preserving and cooking as its stone comes away easily and it’s firm-fleshed. Peaches and nectarines are $3-$8 a kilo, depending on variety and size.
Sweet plump figs are delicious eating. Team wedges of figs with rocket, pan-fried halmoui, wild rocket and pomegranate seeds for salad or entree. Figs are $1.50-$3 each, depending on variety and size. Remember figs are perishable and are best used quickly.
Add a bunch or two of new season grapes to your shopping list. Sunraysia grown grapes are plentiful and the quality first-class. Seedless varieties like Menindee, Ralli, Muscatels, Sapphire, Flame, Cotton Candy and Cardinal are plentiful and the superb quality. Depending on variety grapes are ranging in price from $3-$16 a kilo.
Tangy and refreshing achacha (a-cha-cha) is a tropical fruit with a tangy, creamy, white flesh are available only for a short time and selling for $10-$16 a kilo. Similar to mangosteens in flavour and texture, achacha are originally from Bolivia and are grown in the tropics near Townsville.
Juicy plums are naturally sweet and there are lots of varieties varying in colour, shapes and sizes to select from. Oval shaped Sugar plums are extra sweet, small to medium-sized, with a red to dark red skin and yellow-green flesh. Two other plums to look out for now are antioxidant rich Queen Garnet plums and the golden coloured King Midis plum. Most plums are $3-$10 a kilo, the Queen Garnet are $6-$16 a kilo.
New-season Sheppard avocados have started and are available for $3-$4 each. A pear-shaped avocado with a creamy flesh, this avocado does not oxidise (go brown) when cut, so it is ideal for adding to salads and sandwiches that need to be made ahead of time.
The best buy in Asian leafy greens this week is the seasonal on choy (also known as water spinach) at $1.50-$2 a bunch. This delicate flavoured green leafy vegetable is a tasty and colourful addition to a stir-fry.
Lebanese cucumbers are a great buy at $2-$3 a kilo. Store cucumbers in a crisper section of your refrigerator, do not store with fruit, as they will deteriorate rapidly.
Zucchinis are good value at $3-$6 a kilo. Victorian and locally grown zucchinis are $3-$4 a kilo. Char-grill zucchini slices to serve in a couscous salad, with feta and cherry tomatoes.
Add a little purple to your diet with locally grown eggplant. Grilled, barbecued or stir-fried eggplant is delicious and teams well with tomato, garlic, fresh herbs, cheese. Eggplants are $3-$6 a kilo.
The delicate aniseed flavour of baby fennel bulbs is perfect for adding shredded to summer salads. Partnered with oranges potatoes, mushrooms, seafood or lamb. Add a few bulbs to the shopping basket they are available for $1.50-$2.50 from your local greengrocer.
Broccolini is excellent value at $2.50-$3 a bunch. We highly recommend char-grilling it and serving it with tahini chicken, check out the recipe. It’s delicious hot or cold.
Fragrant basil is in abundance in summer and teams perfectly with ripe tomatoes, fresh bocconcini or ricotta. Whip up a basil, spinach and olive pesto to serve with pasta or on bruschetta: Choose vibrant basil with firm leaves and a distinct fresh aroma. Basil is $2-$3 a bunch.
Snakes beans continue to be a great buy. Ideal for Asian dishes and stir-fries, snakes are complemented by flavours, such as garlic, ginger, tomatoes and fresh herbs. Snake beans are $2-$3 a bunch.
Pick up a few cobs of fresh sweetcorn for 50¢-$1 each. Cobs are naturally sweet and delicious eating experience, provided it is cooked and eaten as soon after picking as possible.
The alluring aroma of fresh caramelising onions is guaranteed to make your mouth water. Barbecues are not complete without onions served with snags or steak sandwiches. Grab a kilo of brown onions for $2-$3 a kilo and red onions $3-$5, slice thinly and get sizzling.
Seasonal favourites that are good value in February include repins, carnations, pineapple lilies, lisianthus, flowering gum (available in red, orange and lolly pink flowers), scabiosa, local roses, water lilies, lotus flowers, tuberose, sunflowers, crab claw, dahlia, tiger lilies, gerberas, celosia, hydrangea and sea holly.
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 2021-02-01 13:06:00Print Page