Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
12 - 16 June 2018


Winter is the perfect time to unearth all the super tasty root vegetables. Stay warm and nourished with full flavoured swede, parsnip, celeriac and Jerusalem artichokes add peeled and chopped to hearty casseroles & soups.

Whip up a hearty creamy mash with Kipfler, Dutch Cream or Desiree potatoes. Peel, chop and boil 1kg potatoes until tender. Mash with melted butter and warm milk until smooth. For something different, swirl through a little crumbled feta cheese and a few chopped black pitted olives. Kipfler, Dutch Cream potatoes are $5-$6 a kilo and Desiree are $2.50-$3 a kilo, buy in bulk to save.

Versatile and inexpensive carrots at $1.50-$2.50 a kilo are perfect for using in casseroles and soups. Warm up with a quick and easy Carrot and chickpea soup. The old saying that carrots help you see in the dark is due to their high content of beta carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A and uses for normal vision.

Packed with flavour and fibre this veggie laden Vegan veggie and lentil soup is ideal for lunch or dinner. One of kales health benefits is that it provides iron (needed for red blood cells) and calcium (important for healthy bones). Kale is a thrifty buy at $1-$2 a bunch.

Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin A and C. To retain maximum flavour and nutrition, cook broccoli lightly. Broccoli sprigs are lovely blanched and served with dips. Broccoli is $2.50-$4 a kilo. For a delicious and easy mid-week meal whip up this Wok-fried broccoli, red chilli & beef.

Roast, pan-fry or braise mild aniseed flavoured fennel, to serve with chicken, lamb or seafood. Choose plump fennel bulbs with fresh-looking feathery fronds attached. Fennel is a choice-buy at $1.50-$2 a bulb.

Select compact, even sized, vibrant green Brussels sprouts for $4-$7 a kilo, depending on size. Toss thinly sliced Brussels sprouts in a hot wok with a little oil and sliced beef until just tender, toss through noodles and soy sauce and serve. Alternatively try the purple Brussels sprouts for $5-$8 a kilo.

Quality Riverland grown Jarrahdale, Butternut and Jap pumpkins are a choice buy. The thriftiest way to purchase pumpkin is to purchase a whole or uncut pumpkin at $1.50 -$2 a kilo. Know your pumpkins.

Don’t miss out on enjoying this year chestnut harvest. Depending on variety and nut size, chestnuts are ranging in price from $7-$14 a kilo. The easy to peel, large sized chestnuts are the premium and most popular choice.


Hot fruit desserts are one of the delicious pleasures of winter. Team in season golden delicious apples, rhubarb, strawberries and oranges on a baking tray and roast for 30 minutes, serve up hot richly flavoured fruits with custard or ice-cream. Winter fruit tray bake.

Golden delicious apples are $5-$6 a kilo or switch for Granny Smith apples at $3-$5 a kilo.

Flavoursome Queensland strawberries are $3-$4 a kilo and ruby red rhubarb is $2.50-$4 a bunch.

Packed with juice Australian grown navel oranges are a bargain at $2-$5 a kilo. Buying in a 3-kilo bulk buy is a great way to save.

Winter is the peak supply for Australian lemons. Drizzle tomato-based casseroles and soups with a little lemon juice before serving to enhance flavour. Add a strip of lemon rind and lemon juice to sugar syrups for poaching apples, pears and quinces. Lemons are $3-$7 a kilo.

Super juicy, and easy to peel mandarins are an idea snack food however they are also ideal for adding a tangy citrus flavour to a crisp winter salad. Combine mandarin segments with shredded fennel, rocket, sliced green onions and pomegranate seeds. Drizzle with an olive oil and lemon dressing to serve, its fresh, light and easy. Select from Imperial, Afourer, Nova, Daisy and Taylor Lee mandarins at $2-$6 a kilo, depending on size and variety.

Select firm custard apple with undamaged skin. Leave fruit to ripen at room temperature for 2-4 days until it yields to gentle pressure. As fruit ripens its skin colour changes from dark to light green. Swirl custard apple flesh through thick yoghurt. Add it to fruit salads, trifles or muffin mixtures or for breakfast serve custard apple with team with passionfruit or orange segments. Custard apples depending on variety are $5-$9 a kilo.

Quality Hass avocados are a top buy at $1.50-$4 each. Team avocado with citrus and fennel in a winter salad, serve avocados with chilli con carne or mash and serve on toasted sour dough with feta cheese and roasted tomatoes.


Winter produces a stunning flash of seasonal flowers and lasts longer, provided they are stored away from direct heat and the water changed regularly. Now is the time to enjoy the tulips, cow udders, peach sticks, ornamental kale, roses, lavender, hyacinth, Oriental lilies, jonquils, daffodils, Dutch iris, sweet peas, stock, mini gerbera and poppies. The potted cymbidium orchards and cyclamen are also a good buy.

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

Published On 2018-06-12 15:35:00

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