Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
13 - 19 DECEMBER 2021


FRUIT

Fruit Sweet and juicy mangoes bring a lush tropical taste to tempting desserts and summer salads. 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 $2.50-$5 each, depending on variety and size. This mango and white chocolate cheesecake is a fabulous make-ahead dessert for Christmas.

Refreshing and extra juicy, tropical tasting lychee are superb eating. Serve grilled deseeded lychees wrapped in prosciutto as appetisers. Depending on variety and seed size lychees are $24-$50 a kilo,

Delectable berries are a seasonal treat. Raspberries ($3-$6), blackberries ($3-$6), blueberries ($3-$6), strawberries ($2.50-$4), red currant ($5-$6) are available in good supplies throughout December and January. Whip up a classic summer berry pudding; it’s packed with flavour and makes a superb make-ahead Christmas.

Golden fleshed and velvety skinned apricots come in a range of varieties and from orchards, mainly in South Australia and Victoria at this time of year. It has not been a great start to the season, and some fruit is eating better than others, so check with your local greengrocer on the best buys. It’s an excellent time to make a few jars of homemade apricot jam.

Apricots are ranging in price from $3-$15 a kilo. Tip: Apricots are best eaten soft at the moment.

Panama passionfruit teams deliciously with summer stone fruits and berries. Choose passionfruit that feels heavy for its size. Slightly wrinkled skin indicates the passionfruit is ripe. When buying the Panama variety choose plump fruit with smooth, unwrinkled skin. Passionfruit are selling for 60 cents to $1 each. Look for specials of bulk buys at your local greengrocer.

White and yellow-fleshed peaches and nectarines are plentiful, and fruit just keeps getting sweeter. Depending on the size and variety fruit is selling for $4-$8 a kilo is Fruit is coming from a range of orchards spread across Victoria, NSW and South Australia. Peaches and nectarines are retailing at $3-$10 a kilo at your local greengrocer.

The festive season is sweeter with cherries. Glossy flavoursome cherries will be range from $10-$30 a kilo depending on size and variety. For the exceptional jumbo-sized fruit (38mm-40mm), you could pay up to $50 a kilo.

Pop a kilo of zest and juicy limes in the basket this week to use in your festive cocktails, seafood dishes or make a lime curd to gift or serve on top of your Christmas pavlova. Limes are 30c-50c, depending on size. Look for multi-buy specials.

Retailing at $2-$4 a kilo, depending on size and variety bananas are naturally and a thrifty buy. Besides being a delicious snack, bananas make showy desserts like this irresistible banana and caramel tart.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables For the summer, barbecue mushrooms can be placed on the grill and brushed with a dab of butter - flat mushrooms are ideal for this cooking style. Be a little bit different this summer and add the power of mushrooms to your barbecue. Mushrooms retail at $7-$12 a kilo, depending on variety and quality.

Delicious roasted, grilled, barbecued or baked summer is the time to enjoy eggplants for $4-$8 a kilo; this flavoursome eggplant, tomato and pine nut salad teams well with barbecued chicken, fish or meat.

Great for adding crunch to summer salads; celery is this week selling for $3-$4 a bunch.

Popular and nutritious Victorian and Tasmanian broccoli selling a thrifty buy at $5-$6 a kilo.

Potato supplies are traditionally lighter at this time of year which 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.

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 stuffings. Serve 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.

Premium quality Victorian asparagus is plentiful, sold in thin, standard and extra thick spear in bunches; asparagus is retailing at $1.50-$4 a bunch.

Snow white cauliflowers are a superb buy for this time of the year. Your local greengrocer will have caulies for $3-$5 ahead.

Baby fennel adds vibrancy to summer salads with its delicious aniseed flavour and crisp texture. It has virtually no fat and few kilojoules and refreshing raw or cooked. Baby fennel $2-$2.50 each.

Use orange sweet potato (kumara) for making chips with a difference. Peel, thinly slice and deep fry. Serve chips with sweet chilli sauce and sour cream or homemade guacamole. Kumara is $3-$5 a kilo.

FLOWERS

Flowers It is time to plan your Christmas floral arrangements. Red flowers are very popular at Christmas so place your orders with your floral retailer early With Christmas fast approaching, Christmas Bush, Christmas Bells, holly, spruce and potted poinsettias have started. Other great seasonal buys this week include classic roses and spray roses, Buddleia, flowering gum, hydrangea, peonies, gardenia, lisianthus, dahlia, agapanthus, water lilies and lots of colourful gerberas.




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 2021-12-06 15:16:00

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