Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
10 - 16 Aug 2020


VEGETABLES

VegetablesCrisp, tender and naturally sweet now peas and sugar snap are $8-$10 a kilo. The smaller pods are the most delicate eating. -Toss peas into a healthy stir-fry, like this tasty family friendly snow pea, ginger beef and spinach stir-fry.

Warm up winter nights with new season Jap and Jarrahdale pumpkins flavoured soups, roast wedges sprinkled with chilli and ginger, or add grated pumpkin to curries and risottos for added sweetness. This fleshy and colourful veg is around $1.50 for uncut and $2.50 a kilo for pumpkins.

Crunchy Iceberg lettuce is top buy this week at $2 a head. Perfect timing for enjoying this lettuce cups for serving san choy bow or making up a classic avocado, green omelette and lettuce roll for school or work lunches.

Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin A and C. To retain maximum flavour and nutrition, cook broccoli lightly. Broccoli sprigs are enjoyable blanched and served with healthy dips. Broccoli is $2.50-$4 a kilo. Spicy up your broccoli and team with chorizo in this super easy to prepare broccoli, pesto and chorizo penne dish.

Prized by Mediterranean countries for its fresh flavour and versatility, fennel is a bargain at $1.50-$2 a bulb. Fennel is very moreish when tossed with pasta; try our braised fennel and tomato with salmon.

Premium quality large snow-white cauliflowers are a bargain at $3-$4 a head, depending on size. Cut a head of cauliflower into large slices (to make cauliflower steaks) drizzle with olive oil and panfry or chargrill until tender.

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 for $3-$5 a kilo, depending on size.

Many dishes that feature onions can substitute leeks for a milder and sweeter flavour. Leeks team deliciously with potatoes, the best-known combination being Vichyssoise (potato and leek soup). Leeks are at their best quality in the colder months, so July is a good time to enjoy them while they are $1.50-$3 each, depending on size.

Carrots sweet, earthy flavour is an essential ingredient in winter cooking, and at $1.50-$2.50 a kilo they are excellent value.

Bag up a kilo flavoursome and ultra-healthy mushrooms for $10-$12 a kilo. They are a delectable and nutritious addition to any meal and the perfect way to boost your vitamin D levels.

FRUIT

FruitLet’s talk oranges. There are four varieties in season each with their distinct flavours and characteristics. The classic – Navel oranges, Blood oranges, Cara Cara navels and the newest Navel orange to arrive at your local greengrocers, is the Dolci Navel orange. Discovered in Leeton NSW in 2009, the Dolci Navel variety is a hybrid cross of the Washington Navel. This citrus is packed with juicy sweetness and distinguishable by its unusual bronzy brown-green skin colour. Don’t miss out on trying Dolci Navel oranges (at $6 a kilo) they are only available for a few more weeks.

Have you crunched into a Bravo apple? This apple is a stand out variety as they contain 25% more flavonoids than other Australian apples. Flavonoids are an antioxidant. Breed in Australia, this variety has the most distinct dark burgundy coloured skin colour and its crunch white flesh is slow to go brown once cut, making it perfect for kids’ lunch boxes. Bravo apples are $7-$8 a kilo or around $2.30 each.

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 punnets retailing at $2.50-$4 a punnet and $6 for extra-large strawberries sold by the plate. Between June and October, approximately 33% of Australia’s strawberry harvest comes from Queensland. For maximum flavour, wash strawberries just before hulling (removing stalk).

Supplies of large, antioxidant-rich blueberries are plentiful and blueberries are a delicious bargain at $3-$4 depending on berries size and quality. Did you know that purples foods like blueberries can protect your brain health?

Smooth and creamy Queensland bananas are top value at $3-$4 a kilo.

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. Alternatively, tangelos have a similar shape, however, the skin of this citrus is thin and smooth. Tangelos are available at your local greengrocer for $4-$6 a kilo.

Sweet eating pineapples are ranging from $2.50-$5 each, depending on variety and size. Choose firm fruit which feels heavy for its size. Pineapple does not ripen after harvesting. A pleasant perfumed aroma indicates good flavour. Versatile pineapples fresh tangy flavour work superbly in these Sri Lankan chilli pineapple with chicken skewers.

There are reasonable supplies of passionfruit, particularly the passionfruit this week retailing at 85¢-$1.60 each, depending on size. Passionfruit prices traditional rise in September - October.

There are good supplies of pears, varieties in season include, Josephine, Buerru Bosc, Packham and Corella. This Pear gingerbread cake calls for Beurru Bosc pears but will work well with other varieties provided they are firm-fleshed. Depending on variety and size pears are $2-$4 a kilo.

FLOWERS

FlowersIn season: Ranunculus, Freesia, Sweet peas, Pink Kings, Snapdragons, Kale, Buddleia, Queen Anne lace, Daphne, Lavender, Daffodil, Jonquils, Hypericum, Bud magnolia, Poppies, Stock, Lavender, Alstromeria and Gum nuts.

Create an eye-catching display, team flowers with exotic shaped or coloured foliage. Popular foliage and fillers also in season include Vibernum, Magnolia, Gum leaves, Peppercorn Berry, Camelia, Pine, Ruscus, Emu Grass, Olive branches, Ivy berry, Nandina and Pierus bud foliage.

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 or 9871 2520.


Published On 2020-08-03 00:00:00

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