Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
14 - 19 JUNE 2022


FRUIT

Fruit This week we highly recommend that you discover super sweet, easy to peel and nearly seedless Royal Honey Murcott mandarins for $4-$6 a kilo. Other varieties available at your local greengrocer include Imperial, Ellendale and Daisy; expect to pay $-$ a kilo. Choose vibrant mandarins with glossy skin that feel heavy for their size.

Creamy, nutty flavoured Hass avocados are cholesterol-free and super value at this time of year at $2-$3 each. These healthy and tasty veggie lentil burgers with avocado make an easy dinner.

Sink your teeth into an apple. Select from Kanzi, Jazz, Fuji, Pink Lady, Bravo, Envy, Delicious, or Granny Smith. Most apples are priced at $5-$10 a kilo, depending on the variety.

Have you tried a Yello apple? A cross between a Golden Delicious apple and an older Japanese variety called Senshu, Yello is a Japanese variety developed in 1993; it has vibrant yellow skin, crispy flesh and natural high sugar levels. Yellos are sweet eating and available from your local greengrocer for $12-$15 a kilo.

Juicy pears add freshness and sweetness to a winter salad or dessert, or enjoy them as a snack. Along with Packham, Beurre Bosc pears at $2-$4 a kilo. It's also a good time to check out Nashi and Papples at $6-$9 a kilo.

Make the most of late winter lemons. Juice and zest add flavour to marinades, cakes, steamed puddings, or make a soul-warming Greek Lemon and chicken soup. Select lemons that feel heavy for their size; this indicates good juice content. Lemons are $4-$7 a kilo. This microwave lemon curd is super delicious and so easy to make. Use as a filling in butterfly cupcakes and crepes.

Juicy navel oranges are a good source of vitamin C and only $2-$6.50 a kilo, depending on size. Buying a 3-kilo net bag of oranges is a thrifty way to save money and ensure that you have a good supply on hand for squeezing and using in winter fruit salads.

This week, fragrant and flavoursome rockmelons from the Bowen region are a thrifty buy. Depending on size, rockmelons retail at $4-$7 each.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables With short supplies of Iceberg Lettuce pushing prices to record levels, it's time to get creative. Try Spinach or Kale in salads. Watercress is fabulous in burgers fillings. Hydroponic lettuce like oak leaf, mignonette, and coral lettuce are cheaper alternatives for salads, and Baby Cos is a good alternative in San Choy Bau at $6-$7 for a pack of two.

Kale is packed full of nutrients, with just one cup providing about 100% of your daily vitamins A, C & K. Use kale similarly to English spinach. Kale is selling for $4-$5 a bunch.

Locally grown Asian leafy greens are fast to cook, have a delicate flavour and are ideal for serving steamed or stir-fried. Grab a bunch or two of Bok choy, Choy sum, Gai lum or Pak Choy this week for around $2.50- $4 a bunch, depending on the variety.

Serve baked Jap pumpkin with goat's cheese and rockets as a tasty salad. Jap pumpkins are good value at $2-$3 a kilo depending if you purchase a whole pumpkin or a wedge.

Budget-friendly carrots are inexpensive and super versatile. Use vivid orange carrots for soups, roasting, mashing and casseroles. Bake a moist carrot cake too. Carrots are top value at $2.50-$3.50 a kilo.

Choose leeks that have crisp long white stems with bright green tops. A large, juicy plump leek or a bunch of smaller-sized leeks are both selling for around $2-$3. Use leek instead of onion in soups, braises, casseroles or as a tasty side dish like this braised leeks with thyme Leek adds a subtle onion flavour and teams well with other vegetables

Whip up a satisfying bowl of creamy mash potato. Peel, chop and boil 1kg potatoes until tender; mash with melted butter and warm milk until smooth. For something different, swirl through a little crumbled feta cheese and a few chopped black pitted olives. Kipfler and Dutch Cream potatoes are $6-$7 a kilo, and Desiree are $4-$5 a kilo, buy in bulk to save. A 5-kilo bag of Brushed potatoes is around $9.99.

Super-versatile fennel is a seasonally good buy at $2-$2.50 a bulb—fennel teams well with tomatoes, citrus, potatoes, capsicums, lamb, chicken or seafood.

Good for you Field-grown eggplant is a good source of dietary fibre and provides some vitamin B6, which is essential for the body's use of protein. This flavoursome Miso and chilli-glazed roasted eggplant is a superb side dish. This week, Queensland-grown field eggplant is a top buy at $5-$8 a kilo.

Soups up! Warm up with a nutritious bowl of homemade soup filled with seasonal veggies and no preservatives. Here are a few of our favourite winter soup combinations.

FLOWERS

Flowers Winter blooms to enjoy this week include; local spray roses, Dutch iris, sweetpeas, stock, mini gerbera blushing bride, tulips, peach sticks, ornamental kale, roses, lavender, hyacinth, Oriental lilies, jonquils, daffodil and poppies. The potted cyclamen and cymbidium orchids are also a good buy.




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 2022-06-14 12:32:41

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