Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
10 - 16 December 2018


FRUIT

FruitDecember is a great time for berries particular strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, boysenberries, loganberries, blackberries, red currants are all available. Whip up a classic make a head berry dessert Berry, Chocolate & Yoghurt Ice-Cream Cake. Depending on variety berries are ranging in price from $2.50-$6 a punnet.

Put some zing in your day with Aussie grown limes, supplies have increased and prices have eased. Pop a kilo in the basket this week to use in cocktails, marinades, salad dressings and to enjoy with seafood. Limes are retailing at 50¢-$1 each. Look for bulk buy specials.

Watermelon is picked ripe and ready to eat. For a simple summer dessert, serve a platter of chilled juicy watermelon wedges with cubes of luscious Turkish delight or for watermelon appetizers, top cubes or watermelon with feta, olives and mint. Whole watermelons are available for $1.50-$2.50 a kilo.

Sweet and juicy mangoes bring a lush tropical taste to your summer table. Choose firm mangoes with a fresh sweet tropical fragrance. Ripen mangoes at room temperature until the fruit yields to gentle pressure around the stem. Mangoes are $1.50-$3 each, depending on variety and size. Celebrate with a Mango, Passionfruit & Raspberry Cream Trifle or add mangoes to the Ultimate Fruit Platter.

Glossy and plump cherries are a quintessential Australian summer fruit. With so many different varieties coming from a wide area the includes Young, Orange, South Australia and Victoria there is sure to be a quality, size and price range to suit everyone. Delicious enjoyed fresh and natural but ridiculously good when dipped in chocolate or roast cherries to serve with turkey or ham. Cherries are $10-$20 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

New season grapes are firm and bursting with flavour. Grab a bunch of Flame or Menindee seedless for $6-$10 a kilo. Alternatively, new season lychees deliciously sweet and so juicy. Expect to pay $12-$30 a kilo.

Your local greengrocer has the most highly fragrant and tasty apricots, peaches and nectarines. This fruit will delight your senses and your budget. Prices range from $4-$15 a kilo, depending on size, flesh colour and quality.

New season figs have started, plump and flavourful figs are delicious added to salads like this Fig, Honeyed Walnut & Blue Cheese Salad. Expect to pay $2-$3 each.

VEGETABLES

FruitVersatile kumara is perfect roasted, boiled for a potato salad or served as a mash. At $2-$4 a kilo kumara is a top buy.

Heirloom tomatoes are packed with flavour. They vary in size, colour and texture but are bursting with taste. You pay a little more but they are worth it. See your local greengrocer.

Broccolini is a top buy at $2-$3 a bunch. Fast and easy to cook, serve broccolini warm with a dressing or toss cold through a salad.

Sweetcorn is a family favourite that is fast to cook. Wash corn cobs, place in a single layer in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes (per cob) until just tender. Stand to cool for 5 minutes before serving. Sweetcorn is $1-$1.50 a cob.

Asparagus is still great value at $2-$2.50 a bunch. Add to fresh and light salads, serve with poached eggs, or toss in a hot wok and stir-fry.

Refreshing and super crunchy Lebanese cucumbers are a top buy at $2-$3 a kilo.

For a festive coloured roasted team chopped zucchini (at $3-$5 a kilo) and red capsicum ($6-$15 a kilo) together with garlic cloves and Red onions ($3-$4 a kilo).

Potato supplies are traditionally lighter at this time of year and this tends to increase potato prices. Supplies are currently from Atherton, South Australia and Hillston. Desiree, Pontiac, and brushed potatoes are $4-$5 a kilo. Gourmet potatoes such as Kipfler and Dutch Cream are $5-$6 a kilo. Try this Kipfler Potato, Celery & Pancetta Salad.

A kilo bag of versatile carrots is a bargain at $1.50-$2.50. Add grated carrots to coleslaw, juice carrots (they are delicious teamed with orange and ginger) roast carrot batons with a sprinkling of fresh thyme and a drizzle of olive oil.

Summer radishes add a pleasant peppery flavour to salads and crudités. Newer varieties of radish include the water melon radish, French radish and the multi coloured mixed bunches. Fabulous for making salads colourful and interesting. Radish are selling for $2-$4 a bunch.

Take your cooking to a fresher and tasty level by using herbs. Herbs add flavour to festive cooking. Sprinkle fresh thyme sprigs across roasted vegetables, add sage and parsley to your meat stuffing’s. Team lots of basil leaves, extra virgin olive oil, sliced heirloom tomatoes and black olives to serve as a side dish. Fresh herbs are $2-$4 a bunch.

FLOWERS

FruitGive your home a festive makeover with potted poinsettia plants or fill vases with Christmas bush, Christmas bells, holly and spruce. Other in seasonal lines include viburnum berry, trix, gloriosa, hydrangea, hypericum, Xmas alstroemeria, Spider orchids, malacca palm, Sims, anthurium flower, roses, calla lily (yellow), gerbera's, tiger lily and snow in the mountain (an attractive foliage). This is most likely the last week for Aussie grown peonies.

It is time to plan your Christmas floral arrangements. Red flowers are very popular at Christmas so place your orders with your floral retailer early.

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 tel 0438 725 453.



Published On 2018-12-10 15:24:00

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