Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
13 to 19 January 2020


FruitFlavour-packed peaches and nectarines continue to be a standout buy from your local greengrocer. Yellow-fleshed and white-fleshed fruit is now coming from orchards in Victoria and South Australia and has a good shelf life, expect to pay $4-$12 a kilo, depending on variety and size. Golden fleshed apricots are also delicious eating at $5-$12 a kilo. Try our roasted apricots with passionfruit, honey & ricotta.

If you love your strawberries then now is the time to enjoy sweet eating Victorian strawberries are $2-$3 a punnet. Strawberries are highly perishable and recent extreme heat, means has decreased shell if to buy and use strawberries to ensure maximum quality. This simple ideas is ideal for breakfast or dessert fresh berries in maple & orange syrup.

Tropical tasting red-fleshed papaya is a luscious fruit, enjoy some this week for only $3-$5 a kilo. Try them drizzled with fresh lime juice.

Harvesting for Tasmania’s cherry crop is underway. Several different varieties are available and fruit is a good size. Prices are ranging from $20-$40 a kilo.

Plump, rosy-fleshed, figs are the perfect partner to soft creamy cheeses and cold meats. Figs are retailing at your local greengrocer for $1.50-$3 each. Look for bulk buy specials, ensure that figs are firm. Figs add sweetness to a salad fig, honeyed walnut & blue cheese salad.

Golden or red-fleshed tangy plums are in season from December to early May. Give plums the ultimate summer treatment, cook them on the barbecue or toss wedges or slices through salads. Poached plums are delicious served with yoghurt or try this poached plum with coconut chia for breakfast. Plums are $3-$12 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

Top quality mangoes from Mareeba are plentiful. A nice sized mango will cost around $2-$4 each. If you adore mangoes you can pick up a whole tray for $20-$40.

Fragrant, tangy and tropical tasting, passionfruit team passionfruit is peaches, nectarines, mangoes, pineapples or berries and serve with a scoop of ice-cream. Passionfruit are 80-$1 each or look for specials on multi-buys ie 8 for $3 at your local greengrocer. This mango, passionfruit & ginger nut crumb with mascarpone recipes is a favourite.

Juicy with a delicate crunch, new season grapes are filled with natural sweetness. Select from Menindee, Crimson seedless, Sultana and Red Globe for $6-$12 a kilo, depending on the variety. Add sweetness to a salad with grapes, try this tasty combination grape, leafy greens & pine nut salad.

Serve wedges of extra sweet rockmelon ($3-$5 each) with a punnet of antioxidant-rich blueberries ($2.50-$4 a punnet).


VegetablesSummer is the time to enjoy locally grown eggplants. There is so many ways to enjoy eggplant, roasted, grilled, barbecued or baked. Eggplants are $3-$6 a kilo.

Golden cobs of Hawkesbury grown sweetcorn are in season and now available for 80¢-$1 a cob.

Baby fennel, with its vibrant aniseed flavour and crisp crunch, is a perfect addition to summer salads. Choose firm fennel with fresh green fronds. Baby fennel bulbs are $2-$2.50 each. Try our baby fennel, bean & BBQ chicken salad.

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. Add them to pasta dishes like this zucchini, tomato & basil spaghetti with ricotta, rissoles, risotto, cakes and salads. Large zucchinis are selling for at $4-$5 a kilo.

At this time of year light, colourful flavour-packed salads are essential. Baby spinach leaves are a tasty and easy addition to a salad. Check out these 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.

Tasmanian grown Karoda carrots have a superb flavour and their bright orange colour indicates they are a rich in vitamin A. This variety is also distinguishable by their shorter and thicker shape; expect to pay $1.80-$2.50 a kilo.

Summer radishes add a pleasant peppery flavour to salads and crudités. Newer varieties of radish include the watermelon radish, French radish and the multi-coloured mixed bunches. Fabulous for making salads colourful and interesting. Radishes are selling for $2-$4 a bunch.

Discover the interesting flavour and unique texture of okra. Used in Middles Eastern and Indian cookery, okra goes well with tomatoes, garlic, onions, potatoes, lemon juice and lamb. Okra is $7-$8 a kilo.

Golden fleshed kumara tubers are excellent value at $2-$4 a kilo. Add diced and roasted kumara to a salad, they make delicious wedges or serve roasted kumara with eggs & avocado salsa.


FlowersGift someone a bunch of flowers or treat yourself. Your local florist will have a super array of flowers available including in season lines like tuberose, local roses, hydrangea, coxcomb celosia, amaranthus, flowering gum, dahlia, amaranthus, bouvardia, lisianthus, lupins, trechelium, gum nuts, echinacea, pineapple lily, sunflower and orchids.

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, Marketing Consultant on 02 9325 6200.

Published On 2020-01-13 17:25:00

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