Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
14 to 19 April 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.


FruitJuicy Imperial mandarin season has started. Over the coming weeks, the sweetness of mandarins will improve, and prices will come back as supply increases. This week mandarins are $4-$6 a kilo.

Fill your fruit bowl with new season apples. There are a least nine varieties to select from including Kanzi, Jazz, Pink Lady, Royal Gala, Jonathon, Granny Smith, Delicious, Fuji and Golden Delicious. Apples are ranging in price from $2-$7 a kilo.

Scrumptious pears are a sweet, refreshing snack. However, they are also the perfect choice for adding sweetness to a salad or using to create a delectable dessert. Pears are $2-$4 a kilo, with the Corella variety $2-$8 a kilo, depending on size and fullness of colour.

Brimming with flavour papaya is an excellent breakfast fruit. Serve chilled halves with seeds removed, topped with natural yoghurt. Papaya is a choice buy at $3-$6 a kilo.

Tangy autumn limes are packed with juicy goodness. Your local greengrocer with have limes for around 40-80cents each or a kilo bag ready to go for $3-$5 a kilo, depending in size.

Good supplies of large-sized bananas are available at your local greengrocer for $2-$4 a kilo. If you have a bit of time to do some baking while self-isolating this banana & caramel tart is a winner.

Custard apples knobbly shape and pale green skin may not appeal to the unadventurous eater but when you discover just now super-sweet and tasty the soft creamy flesh is this tropical fruit is you will be looking for them every season. Custard apples are $4-$10 a kilo, depending on variety.

Both sweet persimmon (eaten firm) and the traditional softer style persimmon are now in season. Depending on size and your choice of fruit prices are ranging from $4 to $12 a kilo.

Scarlet coloured pomegranates ($2-$4 each) with their luscious ruby arils have an intense, sweet-tart flavour, which adds something special to sweet and savoury dishes. Remove the arils from the leathery casing and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and use with 3 days. Team pomegranate with couscous, eggplant, mint or lamb.

Don’t miss out of the fabulous range of premium quality melons that are in season. Rockmelons are a top buy at $2-$3 each. Whole seedless watermelon is $1-$2 a kilo and super-sweet eating Piel de Sapo melons originally from Spain are retailing for $3-$5 each, depending on size.

Supplies of salad tomatoes from Bundaberg have picked up and prices this week are back to $3-$5 a kilo. Truss tomatoes are $4-$7 a kilo and cherry and grape tomatoes are $2.50-$3 a punnet.

There is a good range of grapes instore, if you like your grapes sweet and crunchy than we recommend the Crimson and Thompson seedless grapes $3-$7 while the new elongated and black-skinned Sapphire grapes are retailing at $12 a kilo, and are delicious eating.

Exotic figs, guavas and carambolas are a choice buy in autumn.


VegetablesWong bok also known as Chinese cabbage is one of the most popular Asian vegetables. Wong bok prices are easing as supplies increased this week, prices are down to $5-$6 for a large head. Shred the pale white-green leaves then add to noodles dishes, stir-fries or soups at the last minute or enjoy raw in a salad. Try this mouth-watering veggie & chicken nasi goreng.

Tantalise your taste buds with full-flavoured fresh herbs. Add mint, rosemary,tarragon, coriander and oregano to your autumn cooking to add wonderful flavours. To keep fresh herbs at their best, wrap then in damp paper towel and store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Fresh herbs are $2.50-$3.50 a bunch.

With its delicious aniseed taste, fennel can be eaten raw or cooked. If using fennel raw, slice thinly and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Slice or dice bulbs and braise, roast or add to soup or try this braised fennel, lemon & thyme chicken. Fennel is selling for $2-$2.50 a bulb.

Iceberg lettuce got its name from the way it was traditionally packed on ice for transportation. With Iceberg lettuce prices at $2-$3 a head they are a thrifty way to fill up the family. Six tasty ways to use Iceberg lettuce.

  1. San choy bow – served in lettuce cups
  2. Taco’s - served with shredded lettuce
  3. Shredded lettuce tossed with cooked and peeled prawns, diced avocado and aioli sauce.
  4. A classic BLT – Bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich
  5. Use the leaves as a wrap for chicken and a salad rollup
  6. The French enjoy a traditional dish of shredded lettuce, sautéed in butter, shallots, a sprinkle of sugar, added fresh shelled peas, mint and parsley.

Make a meal memorable with mushrooms. Add sliced Swiss brown mushrooms to pizza toppings, risotto and pasta sauce. Shiitake mushrooms add flavour to stir-fries or team them with a sliced flats mushrooms and sauté with garlic until tender this Asian-style sticky mushrooms is delicious. Swiss brown mushrooms are $10-$14 a kilo and shiitake are $4-$4.50 a punnet.

Substitute mild-tasting leeks for onion in risottos, frittatas, soups, braises or casseroles. Choose small to medium-sized leeks with firm white stems and bright green tops. Leeks are available for $2.50-$3 depending on size.

Super nutritious, Asian green vegetables like choy sum and bok choy are easy to cook and great value at $2-$2.50 a bunch.

Broccolini is a top buy at $2.50-$3 a bunch. Chargrill to add a delicate smoky flavour and serve topped with hummus and pomegranate arils.


FlowersThe quality and range of autumn blooms is delightful. This week you could fill your vase with gerberas, stock, snapdragons, bouvardia, bird of paradise, celosia, hyacinth, tulips, stock, flowering gum, gum nuts, chrysanthemums, asters,dahlias or the natives looking particularly good. If you’re working from home, there has never been a better time to enjoy flowers on your desk.

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 0438 725 453.

Published On 2020-04-14 17:25:00

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