Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
11 - 17 December 2017
Flavoursome, aromatic and ultra-juicy peaches and nectarines well supplied. Select from white and yellow flesh fruit many varieties are now the slipstone varieties making them idea for summertime desserts like this Baked peaches with almonds you can easily remove the stone. Expected pay $3-$10 a kilo.
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¢-70¢ each. Look for bulk buy specials.
Watermelon is picked ripe and ready to eat. Choose cut watermelon with bright pink flesh. A rich colour is a good indication of sweetness. If whole, tap the watermelon and it should sound hollow. 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 $2-$2.50 a kilo.
December is a great time for berries particular strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, boysenberries, loganberries, blackberries, red currants are all available. Whip up a classic berry favourite Berries with coconut nougat meringue. Depending on variety berries are ranging in price from $2.50-$5 a punnet.
Sweet and juicy mangoes bring a lush tropical taste to your summer table. Mangoes are ideal on their own or in tempting chilled summer desserts. 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 $2-$4 each, depending on variety and size. This Mango and white chocolate cheesecake is a fabulous make-ahead dessert for Christmas.
Glossy and plump cherries are a quintessential Australian summer fruit. Despite recent rains, there are still plenty of cherries available. 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.
New season grapes are firm and bursting with flavour. Grab a bunch of Flame or Menindee seedless for $7-$15 a kilo. Alternatively, new season lychees deliciously sweet and so juicy. Expect to pay $10-$20 a kilo.
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 80¢-$1 a cob.
Asparagus is still great value at $2-$3 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-$4 a kilo.
For a festive tray of roast veggies team chopped zucchini (at $3-$5 a kilo) and red capsicum ($5-$8 a kilo) together with garlic cloves and Spanish 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.
A kilo bag of versatile carrots is a bargain at $1.50-$2.50. Add grated carrots to coleslaw, juice carrots (they are delicious tamed 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 watermelon radish, French radish and the multi-coloured mixed bunches. Fabulous for making salads colourful and interesting. Radish are selling for $3.50-$4.50 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.
Give your home a festive makeover with potted poinsettia plants or fill vases with Christmas bush, Christmas bells, holly and spruce.
Other in season 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 foe Aussie grown peonies.
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 2017-12-05 15:35:00Print Page