Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
11 - 17 JANUARY 2021


FRUIT

Fruit 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. Try this pineapple and chilli salsa served with crispy salmon. Bethonga pineapples are $2.50-$3 each at your local greengrocer.

Valencia oranges are extra flavoursome late summer. It is typical of Valencia oranges to display green pigments on their skin; this does not indicate that the fruit is under-ripe at this time of year. Choose oranges that feel heavy for their size as this means high juice content. Loose Valencia oranges are at $3-$5 a kilo, for an even better deal pick up smaller sized oranges in a 3-kilo net bag for $5-$6.

Fragrant, tangy and tropical tasting, passionfruit is a summer favourite. Team passionfruit is peaches, nectarines, mangoes, pineapples or berries and serve with a scoop of ice-cream. Passionfruit are 80c-$1.25 each or look for specials on multi-buys ie 5 for $3 at your local greengrocer.

Who could possibility resist enjoying luscious and fragrant peaches and nectarines at the moment? Bursting with summery sweetness, both yellow and white-fleshed peaches and nectarines are readily available at $3-$10 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

Antioxidant-rich blueberries are a bargain this week at $2-$2.50 a punnet. Add them to smoothies, fruit salads and when you are looking for that sweet afternoon treat, choose blueberries

Attractively coloured and rich in flavour summer plums vary in shapes, skin and flesh colour, and flavours. Give plums the ultimate summer treatment, cook them on the barbecue or toss wedges or slices through salads. Plums are $4-$10 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

Don’t miss out on sweet eating, plump and delicious late-season cherries . Most cherries are now coming from Tasmanian. They are excellent quality and priced at $12-$30 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

For a tropical, sweet summer-sensation, pick up a bag of new season lychees. They're easy to peel and are the best value at this time of the year. Lychees are $20-$40 a kilo, depending on the variety. Team lychees with chopped mango, banana and passionfruit pulp and serve with ice cream. Discover 7 delicious ways to enjoy lychees.

Stay hydrated and cool with these five-ingredient pineapple and lime coconut cream pops. Most local greengrocers will have limes available in a multi-buy special or for around $4 for 1-kilo.

Don't miss out of the last of the Australian grown apricots. The fruit is now coming from Tasmanian. Premium apricots are $10-$12 a kilo, softer fruit maybe a little cheaper.

Aussie grape season is in full swing with good supplies coming from the Sunraysia area. So grab please do yourself a favour and pick up a generous, juicy bunch or a kilo bag, to enjoy as a snack, or for a burst of sweet add grapes to salads. Select from white, red and black seedless varieties; prices will range from $4-$10 a kilo, depending on the variety.

A South Australian grown Reed avocados is the most flavoursome and creamy avocado available at this time of year. Reed avocadoes are $4-$5 each. Another choice would be to select Australian grown Hass avocados ($3-$4.50 each), imports and often be disappointing.

Summer is the best time to enjoy in-season tomatoes. Ripened in the warmer weather tomatoes are full-flavoured truss cherry tomatoes are an excellent buy at $4 for a 500g punnet or pick up a punnet of cherry tomatoes for $2.50-$3 or large Truss tomatoes $3-$5 a kilo and salad tomatoes $2.50-$5 a kilo.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables 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 their size. Eggplants are good value at $4-$6 a kilo. There are so many ways to enjoy eggplant, roasted, grilled, barbecued or baked.

A barbecue is not complete without mushrooms. Flats (large open mushrooms) have a rich, intense flavour and meaty texture and sell for $10-$12 a kilo. Try barbecuing them with a dab of butter and crushed garlic, or why order take away when you can enjoy homemade eggplant and mushroom lamb burgers.

Versatile and tasty snake beans are in season and are great in salads, stir-fries, curries and laskas. Snake beans are sold in bunches, snake beans are about 30cm in length and have a delicate flavour. Snake beans are a bargain at $2-$3 a bunch. To prepare, cut beans crossways into lengths, microwave, boil, steam or stir-fry.

Kids and adults alike love the refreshing crunch of cucumbers. Baby cucumbers are a miniature cucumber that makes a healthy snack and are ideal for adding a little crunch to our salads. Sold in 300gpunnets baby cucumbers are $2-$3 each, look for multi buy specials.

At this time of year light, salads are the star of the kitchen. Baby spinach leaves are a tasty and convenient addition to the salad. Check out our blog eleven fresh ideas for adding baby spinach to your summer meals. Baby spinach leaves are sold in pre-packed bags (100g-180g) for $3-$4 each or purchase it loose for $16-$20 a kilo.

Pick up a generous bunch of green onions also sold as shallots for $2-$2.50 a bunch. Add sliced green onions to salads, scrambled eggs, pasta dishes or sandwich fillings for a delicate onion flavour.

You say potato, and we think of a summery potato, dill, bacon and egg salad. Perfect for enjoying with summery barbecue or taking on a picnic, this tasty salad starts with 1-kilo cocktail potatoes or small washed spuds will also work well. Your local greengrocer has lots of potatoes available; the chats will be around $3-$4 a kilo.

Zucchinis are a breeze to prepare. No need to peel, simply slice, dice or grate, their mild flavour makes them a hit with the kids. Delicious barbecued, try these Add zucchini to skewers like these tasty honey and sesame zucchini, mushroom and chicken skewers. Zucchinis are a thrifty buy at $4-$6 a kilo.

From late summer to early autumn, locally grown sweetcorn shines for quality and freshness. Add corn kernels to salads, salsas, fritters, pasta dishes, meat patties and rice dishes for colour and sweetness. Cobs of sweetcorn are retailing at $1-$1.20 each.

FLOWERS

Flowers Scientific research has shown that fresh flowers can genuinely boost your mood, increasing happiness and decreasing feelings of stress and anxiety. So this week take a visit to your local florist and pick yourself up a bunch or two of flowering gum, zinnia sunflowers, amaranthus, hydrangea, lisianthus, zinnia, dahlias, pineapple lilies, local roses, bouvardia, celosia, scabiosa tuberose, oriental lilies, water lilies, lupins, Queen Ann's lace or lotus pods. Remember to trim the stems and refresh the water every two days, to obtain the maximum vase life



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, Retail Support Manager on tel 0438 725 453


Published On 2021-01-11 11:39:00

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