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

Market Report Podcast on 2GB

Tune in to discover what's in season at your local greengrocer as Sue Dodd shares tips, hints and cooking ideas for this week’s fresh fruit and veggie best buys with Michael McLaren on 2GB's Wake Up Australia program.


FruitMachine harvested green beans are a thrifty buy this week at $2-$3 a kilo. We haven’t seen prices like this for a while, so make the most of fresh beans this week. Beans team well with fresh herbs, bacon, prosciutto, onions, almonds, onion, garlic, potatoes, tomato, lemon, feta cheese, pine nuts or olive oil.

5-kilo bags for potatoes are a top buy at $3-$6. Desiree potatoes are a very popular all-rounder with pink skin and pale yellow flesh. It’s particularly suited to crafting gnocchi, mashing and roasting. Use Desiree potatoes in casseroles, soups and spicy curries. Brushed potatoes are sold unwashed and are mainly the Coliban and Sequoia varieties. Suitable for French fries, mashing and roasting. They’re also the preferred choice for jacket potatoes.

Fennel at $1.50-$2 a bulb is top 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.

Children enjoy the naturally sweet flavour of kumara. Add roasted kumara to pizza topping or a risotto. Choose firm, medium-sized kumara with undamaged skin. Store in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place. Kumara is $2-$4 a kilo.

Toss thinly sliced Brussels sprouts and carrots in a hot wok with a little oil and sliced bacon until just tender, toss through noodles and soy sauce and serve. Brussels sprouts are $6-$7 a kilo.

Firm, snow-white heads of tasty cauliflowers are a choice buy this week at $3-$4 a head.

Winter is the perfect time to savour the subtle sweet-onion flavour of plump aromatic leeks. Use leeks as the bases for a tasty home-made vegetable soup such as leek and cauliflower, pumpkin, leek & cannellini bean soup or leek and celeriac. Leeks are $2.50-$3 each depending on size.

Warm with a big bowl of Asian mushroom, kale & tofu miso ramen, this nourishing and flavoursome soup only needs 10 minutes cooking time. Pick up a bunch of kale $2-$3 a bunch and oyster mushrooms $4-$4.50 a punnet from your local greengrocer and get cooking.

What celeriac lacks in good looks, it certainly makes up for in flavour and versatility. Celeriac has a delicate celery taste and starchy texture, which makes it ideal for creating a heavenly mush or creamy soup. Celeriac is $6-$7 a bulb, the small to medium-sized bulbs are the better buy. Creamy celeriac, leek & smoked fish chowder.

Purchasing carrots in a kilo bag is thrifty at $1.50 -$2 and convenient. Loose of the stack carrots are generally larger and $2-$2.50 a kilo. Carrots add a lovely sweetness to soups, casseroles, try them pureed or mashed, roasted or steamed. Alternatively vibrant coloured purple carrots sold by the bunch are $4-$5. Stay healthy and satisfied with these creamy style soups. Carrot chilli & ginger soup or creamy carrot & chickpea soup.

The bulk of the red capsicum are coming from Bundaberg, good supplies will see prices around $4-$7 a kilo, depending on size and quality.


VegetablesQueensland strawberries are plentiful so expect to pay $3-$4 for a 250g punnet and a family-sized punnet of 500g is $4-$6. Camerosa, Festival and Ruby gem varieties are loaded with flavour and a great source of vitamin C. Delicious for breakfast or dessert strawberries with ricotta French toast is easy to make.

Sweet eating blueberries are a nice change at this time of years prices are easing; expect to pay $3-$4 a punnet.

Packed with vitamin C, mandarins are sweet and juicy, and a choice buy at $4-$6 a kilo. There are plenty of varieties to try such as Afourer, Monarch, Late Imperial and Red Imperial, Hickson and Honey Murcott.

Tangelos have a tangy flavour and a fragrant aroma. Use their juice and flesh in recipes as an alternative to oranges in winter. Team tangelos with baby spinach leaves and walnuts in a salad. A great way to kick start the day, juice tangelos for breakfast! They’re bursting with beneficial vitamin C. Grab a kilo for $4-$6 a kilo or around $$1.50-$2.50 each, depending on size.

Use tangy juice lemons to make luscious desserts or combine the zest of lemons with crushed garlic, parsley and olive oil to make a super tasty grematola to drizzle or soup, ossobuco or slow-roasted lamb shanks. Lemons are $2-$6 a kilo.

Kiwifruit is plentiful supply and prices are as low as $4-$6 a kilo. Kiwifruit adds glorious colour to winter fruit salads or scoop out the flesh with a spoon for the perfect snack. There 6-10 kilo, depending on size.

Creamy Hass avocados are enticing, naturally good for you, and a bargain at $2-$4 each, depending on size.

Three of the best cooking apples varieties are undoubtedly Granny Smith, Golden Delicious and the new Yello apple, all of which are available from your local greengrocer. Each variety has its own flavour profile and varies in texture, however, their firmer flesh does remain firmer on cooking then other varieties. This scrumptious Salted caramel apple tarte tartin calls for Granny Smith apples but will work equally as well with Golden Delicious or Yello.

It is a top year for oranges, the fruit is sweet, juicy and plentiful. Navel oranges are $2-$3 a kilo, depending on size. Exquisite Juicy, fragrant and blood oranges for Leeton have good colour and are selling for $4-$6 a kilo. Enjoy them segmented or juiced.


FlowersWinter is a fantastic time of the year to enjoy quality flowers. The cooler weather means buds open slowly, and the vase life is extended. Fill your favourite vase with quality blooms such as, freesia, classic white snapdragons, kale, frilly tulips, lavender, lilies, stock, sweetpeas, local chrysanthemums, poppies, pink ice, cymbidium orchids, buddleia, protea, leucadendron, roses, violets, forget me knots, jonquils or purple iris.

Published On 2020-07-14 12:11:00

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