Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
14 - 20 FEBRUARY 2022
Sun-ripened golden and white-fleshed peaches and nectarines are at their prime and only $3-$10 a kilo, depending on flesh colour and size. The large golden-skinned and fleshed Golden Queen variety has started; these are gorgeous peaches to preserve or poach.
There is nothing quite like a new season apple. Bilpin and Stanhope apple harvest is underway, and Royal Gala apples and Fuji are sweet, juicy and crisp. New-season apples are $3-$8 a kilo depending on variety and size at your local greengrocers.
Luscious, sweet figs are sublime. Team exotic figs with savoury flavours like nuts, meats or cheese, but they work well with sweet ingredients such as citrus, honey, vanilla and chocolate. Enjoy quality figs for 60¢ -$3 each. Look for plump, dry and slightly soft figs. This simple fig clafoutis is a French-style custard is delicious served straight from the oven.
Ripe rockmelons have a sweet and distinctive aroma. Like many fruits, rockmelons continue to ripen after harvesting. Once cut, store melons covered in the refrigerator. Rockmelons are selling $2-$4 each. ROCKMELON carpaccio’ and haloumi salad is an excellent combination of flavours and makes the perfect light starter on a warm day. It’s also delicious served with grilled fish or chicken.
New-season William’s pears from Shepparton in Victoria are sweet, juicy and flavoursome. Depending on the size, William’s pears are $3-$5 a kilo. Add flavoursome pear slice to salads, toss with rocket, parmesan and toasted walnuts.
Snap up a bargain with juicy Valencia oranges. Whilst the skin colour may have a green pigment at this time of year, the fruit is loaded with juicy and a generous serving of vitamin C. Valencia oranges are $2-$3 a kilo. Many greengrocers offer a 3-kilo net bag at special prices like $5-$6.
Be sure to have a few juicy limes on hand for adding a slight tang to dressings, noodles, curries and sauces. Squeeze over papaya or papaw to enhance its natural flavours. Limes at 40¢-$1 each, buy in bulk and save.
New-season Queensland grown Shepard avocados are now available. This variety does not oxidise (go brown) when cut. Shepard and the rounded fleshy Reed avocados and popular Hass avocados are $1.50-$3 each.
Get creative with juicy plums for $3-$15 a kilo. Plums are sweet and tangy and ideal for cakes, tarts, compotes, rich fruit chutneys and sauces. They are also delicious roasted, poached or grilled and served warm.
Tomato supplies are increasing, and prices are easing – Victoria season has started, and Sydney tomatoes are eating well locally. Look for flavourful heirloom tomatoes, Truss tomato and smaller varieties like Cherry truss, Grape and Kumato tomatoes at your local greengrocer. Make a meal of tomatoes; try this yummy tomato, mozzarella, basil and crispy breadcrumb salad.
New-season kiwi berries, pistachio nuts, custard apples and Aussie pomegranates have just started.
Weather, labour shortage, and transport costs are impacting veggies price.
Versatile snake beans are in season and tender. Delicious steamed or stir-fried snake beans are $3-$4 a bunch.
Liven up a salad with home-roasted beetroot. Its sweet, nutty flavour and rich purple-red colour beetroot adds colour and will provide a healthy dose of the B vitamin folate. Beetroot is $3-$4 a bunch.
Mild tasting green onions, also known as shallots, are a bargain this week at $2-$2.50 a bunch.
Spice up your late summer salads with aromatic herbs, spices and fresh, healthy greens; these easy dishes can be on the table in minutes.
- ASIAN CUCUMBER, PRAWN & CHILLI NOODLE SALAD
- ASIAN CABBAGE, BEAN & CARROT SALAD WITH GRILLED CHICKEN
- ASIAN HERB, CHILLI & BEAN SALAD WITH BEEF SKEWERS
Versatile carrots have a superb flavour and are rich in vitamin A. This variety is distinguishable by its deep orange colour and shorter and thicker shape; expect to pay $1.50-$3 a kilo.
Fresh corn on the cob is this week’s special veg buy. Sweet and tasty Victoria and Hawkesbury district corn is selling for 80¢-$1 per cob. Whip up a batch of corn fritters or boil, steam or microwave corn until just tender.
For good value, be sure to snap up a whole pumpkin. Cheaper when purchased whole, pumpkins are smooth, creamy flesh is a good source of vitamins A and C and fibre. Add diced pumpkin to curries or large roast wedges with the skin on to intensify the flavour. Add cooked pumpkin to a salad, couscous or pasta dish. Whole pumpkins are selling for around $1-$2 a kilo.
There is a stunning assortment of fresh flowers available this week. Tropical flowers are striking; see your local florist for Bird of paradise and heliconia. In native’s banksias and proteas are have a long vase life. For softer style, classics in-season florals include gerbera, zinnia, Iris, tuberose, red roses, sunflowers, dahlias, celosia, daisies, lavender, lisianthus and Oriental lilies.
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 2022-02-14 14:39:00Print Page