Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
10 - 17 September 2018


FRUIT

The ever-popular banana is a must have on the shopping list. Top warm pikelets or pancakes with sliced banana and blueberries and drizzle with honey. Bananas are a bargain at $2-$4 a kilo, depending on size.

Jumbo sized, succulent, golden fleshed rockmelons are $2-$4 each, depending size. Peel and slice melon then wrap in prosciutto and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Serve with crusty bread for a light and healthy lunch. The sweeter rockmelons have the roughest skin texture.

Blushed with colour and flavour, mangoes Kensington Pride mangoes from the Darwin area are retailing at your local $3-$5 each, depending on size. Best peeled just prior to eating, ripe mango skin will easily pull away from the flesh. A ripe mango is perfect eaten as is, or use in desserts or serve with cooked prawns or spicy barbecued pork in a salad.

Scrumptious strawberries are not as cheap as last week, but they are still fantastic eating and value at $1-$4 a punnet, you can’t go past the highly coloured and fragrant strawberries. Add sliced strawberries to your favourite breakfast cereal enjoy them as a snack or serve roasted strawberries with waffles.

Super nutritious and brimming with antioxidants fresh blueberries are sweet and plump. Enjoy blueberries as a low kilojoule snack, no preparation required, just rinse in cold water or have you ever tried fresh Blueberry Scones. Blueberries are $4-$5 a punnet.

Citrus fruits are still in good supply and eating nicely. With their rich raspberry-red succulent flesh and sweet flavour, blood oranges are ideal for juicing. Make the most of the season blood oranges as the season will finish October. Navels oranges are premium quality and top value. Pink fleshed (ruby grapefruit) are refreshing, tangelos are vibrant and tangy and the late season mandarins are still a popular choice. Most citrus is retailing at $3-$6 a kilo.

Limes prices have firmed up as supplies have dropped, so make the most of late winter lemons. Use the juice and zest to flavour marinades, cakes, puddings, salad dressings or whip up an easy lemon curd. Select lemons that feel heavy for their size, this indicates good juice content. Lemons are $3-$5 a kilo.

VEGETABLES

Premium quality and ultra-inexpensive Australian grown asparagus is in season. Make the most of the extremely adaptable and super tasty green asparagus at $2.50-$3 a bunch.

Add the flavour of fresh herbs to your cooking. Loaded with lively flavour, the quality of fresh grown local herbs, like mint, coriander, dill, thyme, chives and parsley is exceptional and at $2-$2.50 a bunch they are a bargain. This herb crusted salmon is makes a tasty mid-week meal.

Versatile and mild tasting English spinach is delightful eaten cooked or raw and this week is a bargain at $2-$2.50 a bunch. Toss washed leaves through cooked spaghetti with ricotta cheese and grill pancetta.

Fresh and tasty bok choy is delicious steamed or tossed in a hot wok. Select bunches with crunchy pale stems and fresh-looking green leaves. Bok choy is a bargain at $1.50-$2.50 a bunch. Try this Red Chilli Beef With Bok Choy.

Flavoursome broad beans are available for $6-$10 a kilo. Remove bean from the pod, shell a second time then simmer in boiling water until just tender. Broad beans team superbly with chicken, lamb, mushrooms, feta, mint, potatoes and artichokes. Try this Broad Bean, Spinach & Lamb Salad.

Snap up freshly picked snow peas this week as they are a bargain at $5-$10 a kilo. Quick to cook, snow peas add a delicious crunchy texture to salads, side dishes and stir-fries.

Vibrant coloured beetroot is delectable. Cut raw beetroot into fine julienne strips and sprinkle over a salad just before serving or steam whole bulbs until tender, then marinate in balsamic vinegar and fresh herbs. Beetroots are $1.50-$3 a bunch.

Diced, sliced or cut into batons versatile celery is delicious eaten raw or cooked. Celery is a good source of potassium that helps to control blood pressure and counteract the negative effects of too much salt on the diet. Celery is a top buy at $2-$4 a bunch. Add celery to a stir-fry with snow peas and asparagus.

With its delicious aniseed flavour and crisp texture, fennel adds vibrancy to spring salads. It has virtually no fat and few kilojoules, and refreshing raw or cooked. Fennel is a bargain at $1.50-$2 a bunch.

Versatile new season baby potatoes are $3-$4 for a pre-packed 2 kilo pack. If you're looking to feed a crowd and want even better value the 5-kilo bags of new potatoes at $4-$6 a kilo are a bargain.

Silverbeet with its large deep green leaves and thick white stems and delicate English spinach are both top buys at $1.50-$2.50 a bunch. Robust flavoured silverbeet leaves are a tasty addition to a frittata, vegetable lasagna or ricotta gnocchi.

Premium quality large snow-white cauliflowers are a bargain at $2-$3 a head. Whip up a tasty cauliflower rice.

FLOWERS

There is a fabulous selection of superb quality fresh flowers available this week at your local florist. Spring blooms include, red and white waratahs, king protea, boronia, sweet peas, stock, snapdragons, Queen Anne’s lace, flannel flowers, daisies, tulips, ranunculus, freesias, stock, iris, lavender, kangaroo paw, tiger lilies, poppies, bird of paradise, gerbera and delphinium.

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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 the produce and the trading area. For further information please contact Sue Dodd, Retail Support Manager on tel 0438 725 453.



Published On 2018-09-10 15:35:00

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