Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
13 - 19 August 2018


VEGETABLES

When it comes to fast and simple cooking you can’t go past new season asparagus. This delicious vegetable is retailing for $2.50-$3.50 a bunch. Top blanched asparagus with grilled bacon, a poached egg and ground black pepper.

Broccoli supplies are coming from Victoria and Queensland and the quality is superb, expect to pay $2.50-$4 a kilo. Alternative broccolini sold in bunches is tender and it’s very tasty. Broccolini is around $2-$3 a bunch. Try this Broccolini & Cauliflower Fried 'Rice' & Chicken Bowls.

Compact snow-white cauliflowers are a top buy at $2.50-$4 a head. Perfect for a cauliflower rice or scrumptious roasted.

Wombok also known as Chinese cabbage is traditionally a pale buttery green in colour. Its ideal for shredding and adding to a salad or add to a stir-fry. Wokbok is $3-$4 a head.

Small new potatoes (also known as cocktail potatoes) have a shiny cream skin colour and moist white flesh. Expect to pay $2-$4 a kilo. The larger more mature new potatoes are $2-$3 a kilo. Perfect for making this Lemon, mint and feta potatoes.

Carrots sweet, earthy flavour is an essential ingredient in winter cooking and at $1.50-$2.50 a kilo they are good value.

Locally grown Asian leafy greens and bunched English spinach is a fabulous buy this week at $1.50-$2.50 a bunch. Enjoy the quality bok choy, choy sum or gai lum steamed or stir-fried. Toss spinach into a hot wok with crunched garlic and toss until just wilted.

Vibrant coloured beetroot comes into its own in winter. Select bunches with small to medium sized bulbs with crisp, green leaves. Roast or boil whole beets. Serve fresh young leaves or boiled, diced beetroot in swish winter salads. Beetroot are selling for $3-$3.50 a bunch. Larger sized loose bulbs of beetroot are $2-$3 a kilo.

Warm up winter nights with Jap or Jarrahdale pumpkins flavoured soups, roast chucks sprinkled with chilli and ginger or add grated pumpkin to curries and risottos for added sweetness. This fleshy and colourful veg is $1.50-$2.50 a kilo for uncut and cut pumpkins.

FRUIT

Aromatic and flavoursome strawberries are also a good source of fibre. This week we should see strawberries on sale for around $1.50-$4 a punnet depending on size. Between June and October, approximately 33% of Australia’s strawberry harvest comes from Queensland. Serve Strawberries with French Toast.

Supplies of large, antioxidant rich blueberries from Caboolture and Coffs Harbour are delicious eating and $3.50-$5 per punnet. Did you know that purples foods like blueberries can protect your brain health?

There are good supplies of papaya. Grown around Innisfail, papaya is deliciously refreshing and one of the best sources of protective carotenoids and rich in vitamin C. It is also a good source of fibre and aids digestion. Papayas are the perfect breakfast fruit, served with granola and coconut. Papaya are $3-$5 a kilo.

Tangelos are a cross between a grapefruit and a mandarin; they are sweet, tangy and easy to peel. Fruit should feel heavy for their size, as this indicates a good juicy content. Tangelos are $3-$5 a kilo.

Creamy, nutty flavoured Hass avocado is cholesterol free and super value at this time of year at $1-$4 each.

Luscious early season mangoes are now available. Allow firm mangoes to ripen at room temperature until flesh yields to gentle pressure around the stem. Northern Territory mangoes are $3-$6 each.

Cherry tomatoes are bursting with flavour and are a thrifty buy at $2-$3 a punnet.

Snap up the last of the season’s quince as they are almost finished. Expect to pay $3-$5 a kilo.

Smooth and creamy Queensland bananas are top value at $3-$4 a kilo. Make a delicious smoothie by blending 1 peeled banana with 2 cups milk, a small tub of berry yoghurt and a few strawberries or bake a scrumptious Banana, honey & cinnamon bread.

Ruby-fleshed juicy blood oranges have a rich raspberry-like citrus flavour. They’re smallish in size compared to Navel oranges. Fruit with ruby-red tinged skin generally has the deepest coloured flesh, although the intensity of colour depends on variety, the fruit’s exposure to sunlight and growing conditions. Choose firm blood oranges that feel heavy for their size. Blood orange $3-$5 a kilo.

Tropical tasting pineapples are tangy and sweet. Depending on size golden fleshed pineapples are selling for $3-$5 each. Toss pineapple pieces into a stir-fry with pork and vegetables. For a quick dessert; warm chunks of pineapple in butter and brown sugar and serve with a dollop of cream.

FLOWERS

In season: Ranunculus, Freesia, Sweet peas, Pink Kings, Snap dragons, Sea Holly Kale, Buddleia, Queen Anne lace, Daphne, Hypericum, Bud magnolia Poppies, Stock, Lavender, Alstromeria, Poppies, Rose lily, Gum nuts. To create an eye-catching display, team flowers with interesting shaped or coloured foliage Popular foliage and fillers also in season include Vibernum, Magnolia, Gum, Peppercorn Berry, Camelia, Pine, Ruscus, Emu Grass, Olive branches, Ivy berry, Nandina and Pierus bud foliage.

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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 2018-08-13 15:35:00

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