Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
10 to 16 February 2020


The recent heavy rain across the Sydney basin has impacted on the quality of locally grown leafy greens and fresh herbs. We suggest buying small quantities frequently and use quickly to maximise quality.

VEGETABLES

VegetablesCarrots are a thrifty and versatile vegie that is delicious enjoyed raw or cooked. This flavoursome healthy salad is a mid-week winner Carrot, tomato & chicken quinoa salad or if this week’s cooler weather has you graving something a bit heartier than this Mexican carrot, jalapeno and black bean soup. Carrots are a bargain at $1.50-$2.50 a kilo.

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. Expect to pay $2-$3 a bunch.

Crisp and crunchy celery is a great all-rounder that adds a delightful texture to salads, risotto, casseroles and stir-fries. Even a simple avocado, herb and chicken sandwich is embellished with the fresh crisp texture of a little celery. Celery is retailing at $3-$5 a bunch.

Grated zucchinis make an economical base for tomato pasta sauces and is also excellent in egg-based dishes such as quiche, omelette and frittata. Zucchinis are available for $3-$6 a kilo, depending on size.

If you are looking for an ingredient that is rich in flavour, super healthy and very easy to prepare then you can’t go pass mushrooms. They cook in minutes and add loads of umami flavour to stir-fries, casseroles and pizza toppings. Mushrooms are the only ingredient in the fresh produce aisle to supply vitamin D. Mushrooms $10-$13 a kilo.

In abundance in summer, fragrant basil teams well with ripe tomatoes, soft cheese like feta or ricotta and pasta. Choose vibrant basil with firm leaves and a distinct fresh aroma. Basil retails at $3-$4 a bunch.

For value, quality and ease of preparation corn on the cob is a winner. Corn is a top buy at 85¢-$1 per cob.

Roasted, microwaved, boiled or steamed pumpkin is delicious. Add diced pumpkin to a spicy red curry or pasta dish. Whole pumpkins are $2-$3 a kilo or $3-$4a kilo, if cut.

Vibrant eggplant comes in many shapes and sizes. So versatile, this mild tasting veggie is the perfect addition to a variety of hot and cold autumn dishes because it readily absorbs flavour and becomes very tender once cooked. Eggplant is delicious any way you try it – barbecued, roasted, steamed, grilled or fried. At $3-$6 a kilo eggplant is fabulous in the eggplant & cheese bake.

FRUIT

FruitNew season Williams pears from Shepparton in Victoria are sweet, juicy and flavoursome. Depending on the size, Williams pears are $2-$4 a kilo. Add flavoursome pear slice to salads, team with rocket, parmesan and toasted walnuts or bake a batch of these moist and delicious pear and pecan muffins.

Australian limes are plentiful and affordable right now at 50¢-80¢ ea. Use the rind and the juice of a lime in the same way you use lemons. This lime syrup coconut cake is a real treat.

Late season peaches and nectarines are still good eating and top value. Try the pale coloured Golden Queen peaches for poaching and persevering. Peaches and nectarines are retailing at $3-$8 a kilo depending on variety and size.

Bilpin, Batlow, and Stanhope apple harvests are underway and the new season Royal gala apples are sweet, juicy and crisp. Royal Gala apples are available from February through to August, they are a medium in size and the skin has a yellow base with red flushes. Royal galas apples are $3-$6 a kilo. To maintain an apples crunch, store them in the fridge.

Fresh figs are a luscious treat. In fact, figs are 55% natural sugar, the highest sugar content of any common fruit. Figs also share a trait with pineapple and papaya leaves: they contain an enzyme that digest proteins and can therefore be used to tenderize meats. You can enjoy figs for around $1-$3 each, depending on size and quality.

Australia grown Valencia oranges are sweet and juicy. You will notice that the skin on the Valencia orange at this time of year has a green tinge; this simply means the fruit is sun ripened and extra sweet. Expect to pay $2 -$3 a kilo. 3 kilo net bags are $5 -$6 a kilo.

Mangoes are still available for $2-$4 each. Select from Klietts, R2E2, Kensington Pride, Palmer, Calypso, Kent and Honey Gold. Team sliced mango with exotic tasting lychees which are plentiful this week and only $6-$8 a kilo.

Sweet eating seedless grapes such as Thompson, Sultana and Crimson are in season, or try the Red Globe and Black Beauty they have seeds but are delicious eating. Grapes are ranging in price from $4-$10 a kilo, depending on variety.

Banana’s are a top buy this week at $2-$4 a kilo.

Checkout plums this week, select from red or yellow fleshed varieties. There are numerous varieties to select from. for $3-$10 a kilo. Try our delicious and easy to make pan-stewed plums with vanilla.

Colourful juicy melons flourish in the warmer weather – so late summer is Melon time – Fragrant and juicy rockmelon from the Riverland of NSW, Honeydew, Cassava and super sweet Piel de sapo melons are all in season and retailing for $3-$4 each depending on size.

FLOWERS

FlowersLate summer – early autumn is a fabulous time for a whole range of glorious flowers. As this Friday is Valentine’s Day the demand for red flowers increases. Whilst red roses are the traditional choice, there is a stunning selection of seasonal flowers to select from. 3 alternatives to red roses that still say ‘I love you’ on Valentine’s Day.

We highly recommend lisianthus, dahlia, asters, hydrangea, delphinium, celosia, pineapple lily, oriental lilies, lotus pod, bachelor buttons, bouvardia, snap dragon, sedum, beehive ginger, anthurium, water lilies, sunflowers, kale, roses, chrysanthemums, hanging amaranth, dancing lady, tulips and tiger lily.



Published On 2020-02-10 17:25:00

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