Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
11 - 17 JULY 2022


FRUIT

Fruit The wait is over; the 2022 blood orange harvest has started. Juicy, vibrant, ruby-fleshed blood oranges are firm and sweet. Expect to pay $6-$7 a kilo for these seasonal treats.

Apples remain a top buy with numerous varieties and sizes to enjoy as a snack or for cooking. Expect to pay $2-$9 a kilo, depending on size and the variety.

It makes healthy sense to spreading avocado on a sandwich instead of butter. Simply swapping 20g of butter for 2 tablespoons of Hass avocado reduces the kilojoule and fat content by half. Hass avocados have no cholesterol, so pop two avocados in your shopping basket this week for $1-$3 each, and eat well.

Bursting with goodness, pink grapefruit has a clean, pleasant tangy flavour and provides a healthy boost with vitamin C. The flesh colour can vary from pale pink to salmon red, and they are sweeter than their yellow-fleshed in season and great value now pink-fleshed grapefruit are $3-$4 a kilo. These delicious pink grapefruit puddings are light, fresh, and easy to make.

Green kiwifruits are in plentiful supply and selling for $4-$8 a kilo, and Gold Kiwifruit are $7-$10 a kilo. Kiwifruit adds glorious colour to winter fruit salads, or scoop out the flesh with a spoon for the perfect snack.

Versatile and juicy winter lemons are a good value at $2-$6 a kilo, depending on size. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to winter soups, stews and roast chicken to reduce the richness and enhance the flavour. Lemon zest and juice are also perfect for adding a citrus flavour to cakes, muffins and pastries.

Sweet caramel-tasting Medjool dates are a delicious treat, their natural sugar content providing an extra energy boost. Whip up a batch of Medjool date and cacao bliss balls. These treats portable snacks are gluten and dairy-free and perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up. Fresh dates are $20-$30 a kilo.

There are some sweet-eating strawberries available, but due to rain last week on the Sunshine Coast, there is still not the volume of fruit coming to market, so prices remain around $5-$7 a punnet.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Fennel at $2.50-$3 a bulb offers versatility and value. Try pan-frying slices of baby fennel in oil and garlic until tender. Toss through cooked spaghetti with chopped fennel leaves and toasted pine nuts with grape tomatoes.

Globe Artichoke season has started. Globe artichokes are a stunning vegetable with a unique, sweet and subtle flavour. Early supplies of artichokes from Victoria are available for $2.50-$3 ahead. This recipe is a great starting point if you have not prepared globe artichokes. Globe artichokes with prosciutto.

Pumpkins' sweet and nutty flavour tastes fabulous in soups, curries and pasta. But have you tried adding pumpkin to a cheesy melt? These delicious, roasted butternut, mozzarella and rocket melts are perfect for a casual lunch or easy meal on a Sunday night. Jap, butternut and Jarrahdale pumpkins are selling for $3-$4 per kilo, depending on the variety. Pumpkins are also cheaper when purchased uncut.

Use vivid orange carrots for soups, roasting, mashing and casseroles or bake a moist carrot cake. Carrots are top value at $2.50-$3 a kilo.

Potatoes make a meal more wholesome and satisfying. Think crispy, golden roasted, creamy mashed or potato and leek soup or a classic gratin. Brushed Sebago, Desiree and Pontiac are selling for $6-$8 for a 5-kilo bag. Remove potatoes from the plastic bag and store them in a dry, dark, well-ventilated spot to maximise shelf life.

Adored for their soft, delicate oniony flavour and lovely aroma, use leeks as a base for a stew or braise, as you would onions, or make them the feature in a homemade pie or soup. Leeks are $2.50-$3.50 each.

Celery is an essential ingredient for winter casseroles and appetising soups like our creamy celery and blue cheese soup. The best way to keep celery is to remove the bulb and leaves and store the unwashed stems in an air-tight plastic container in the refrigerator. Wash just before using. Celery is $3-$4 a bunch.

Select even-sized compact Brussels sprouts for even cooking times. Cut in half, quarters or slice Brussels sprouts, cook quickly and never overcook. Brussels sprouts are $6-$10 a kilo. Try this tasty family-friendly. Brussels sprouts, bok choy and chicken stir-fry.

Orange sweet potato, also known as kumara, has a sweet flavour. Rich in vitamin A and C, sweet potato makes delicious soup when cooked and pureed; they also make delicious chips. Sweet potato is available at your local greengrocer for $3-$4, depending on size.

Don't miss out on having chestnuts on hand, ready to enjoy. Now is the time to snap freeze, cooked chestnuts; roast a kilo or two before the season finishes. Cut a shallow cross through the flat side of each chestnut and roast on a tray at 200oC for 30 minutes; cool slightly that peel while still warm. Chestnuts are $8-$12 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

FLOWERS

Flowers Your local florist has a fabulous selection of winter blooms. It's time to enjoy delphinium, classic white daisies, paper daisy, roses, jonquils, daffodils, bird of paradise, lavender, purple iris, freesia, tulips, cymbidium orchids, lilies, stock, sweetpeas, protea, banksia, kale, protea, leucadendron, Geraldton wax, hyacinth, j are a thrifty buy.




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 2022-07-11 15:47:37

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