Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
10 - 16 JANUARY 2022


FRUIT

Fruit Bursting with summery sweetness and juice, yellow and white-fleshed peaches and nectarines are standout buys. Fruit comes from orchards in Victoria and South Australia; expect to pay $3-$8 a kilo, depending on variety and size. This peach and blueberry skillet pancake can also be made with nectarines and is perfect for breakfast or as a quick dessert.

Sensational summer berries are plentiful. Blueberries at $3-$7 a punnet, raspberries are $5-$6 a punnet, Victorian strawberries are $1.50- $4 a punnet, and blackberries are $5-$6 a punnet. Mix up a bowl of and serve with muesli, or pancakes, add to a pavlova topping or fold through cream to make a delicious berry fool.

Enjoy plump and delicious late-season cherries. Most cherries are now coming from Victorian and Tasmanian. They are of excellent quality and priced at $8-$40 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

For a tropical, sweet summer sensation, pick up a bag of tropical Queensland grown lychees. They are easy to peel and super juicy. Depending on the variety, lychees are $30-$50 a kilo. Team lychees with chopped mango, banana and passionfruit pulp and serve with ice cream. Discover 7 delicious ways to enjoy lychees.

Juicy and a bit sweeter than other pineapples, Bethonga pineapples are also lower in acid and higher in vitamin C. Picked ripe and ready to eat pineapple is delicious in sweet and savoury dishes. Bethonga pineapples are $4-$6 each at your local greengrocer.

Tropical tasty, red-fleshed papaya is a luscious fruit; enjoy some this week for only $4-$6 a kilo. To really make the flavour pop drizzled with fresh lime juice.

Grab a lovely bunch of flavoursome and crisp Australian grown grapes. Select from white, red and black seedless varieties; prices will range from $4-$16 a kilo, depending on the variety. Try roasting grapes on the bunch for adding to a cheese board or add grapes to a salad.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Golden cobs of Hawkesbury grown sweetcorn are in season and now available for 50¢-80¢ per cob. Add corn kernels to salads, salsas, fritters, pasta dishes, meat patties and rice dishes for colour and sweetness. Did you know that sweetcorn is a source of potassium that may help balance the sodium in salty foods? Try our recipe for Mexican chilli, sweetcorn and kumara salad.

Low kilojoule, colourful and flavour-packed salads are essential at this time of year, especially if you have made a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier. Salads should never be boring, so make sure there is lots of texture, and a fabulous homemade dressing will take your salad to a new level. Here are 3 OF THE BEST... SUPER SALAD DRESSINGS

  1. Lemon & coriander tahini dressing
  2. Chilli, ginger & lime dressing
  3. Minted green yoghurt dressing

Baby spinach leaves are sold in pre-packed bags (100g-180g) for $3-$4 each or purchase it loose for $17-$25 a kilo.

Eggplants are at their best value from late summer to early autumn as Sydney growers are harvest quality crops. Select smooth eggplant with a firm, satin-like, glossy skin, which feels heavy for its size. Eggplants are good value at $3-$7 a kilo. There are numerous ways to enjoy eggplant, roasted, grilled, barbecued or baked.

Aromatic basil is at its tastiest in summer. Take advantage of the premium value and quality, and team basil with tomato-based dishes, blend a batch of homemade pesto to enjoy with fresh pasta or tear leaves to add to salads and dressings. Basil is $2-$4 a bunch.

Summer radishes add a pleasant peppery flavour to salads and crudités. Newer radish varieties include watermelon radish, French radish, and multi-coloured mixed bunches. Fabulous for making salads colourful and exciting. Radishes are available for $2-$4 a bunch.

Asian greens are top quality and value this week. For maximum flavour and freshness, buy Asian greens regularly and cook them only until just tender. Asian greens are $1.50-$2 a bunch.

Versatile zucchinis are a top buy $3-$5 a kilo. Barbecue, char-grill,, or grate raw and add to cooked pasta like this zucchini, tomato and basil spaghetti with ricotta. Zucchini is also a tasty addition to a cake batter, adding extra nutritional value and moisture and a delicate flavour.

Make the most of Lebanese cucumbers this week as prices have dropped to $2-$3 a kilo.

Rich in vitamin A and C, orange sweet potato makes a delicious potato salad and is ideal for making wedges. At $2-$4 a kilo, they are good value.

FLOWERS

Flowers Bright up your home or office desk with flowering gum, sunflowers, hydrangea, lisianthius, zinnia, dahlias, celosia, pineapple lilies, bouvardia, tuberose, zinnia, oriental lilies or water lilies, amaranthus, lupins, lotus pods and a super range of greenery. To obtain the maximum vase life, remember to trim the stems and refresh the water every 2 days.




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 2022-01-10 14:03:00

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