Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
14 - 20 January 2019


FRUIT

FruitVibrant, refreshing Australian grown limes have a unique tangy citrus taste and are top value 30¢-50¢ each or $3-$5 a kilo. Limes are ideal for using in cheesecakes, meringue pies, puddings, sauces and salad dressing. To obtain the maximum amount of juice from a lime, warm the fruit in the microwave for 30 seconds or roll firmly on the kitchen bench then juice.

Aussie grape season is in full swing so grab a large juicy bunch or a kilo bag to enjoy as a snack or for a burst of sweet add grapes to salads. Select from White, red and black seedless varieties prices are ranging from $3-$12 a kilo, depending on variety.

Snap up the last of the sumptuous Tasmanian grown apricots. Premium apricots are $5-$12 a kilo, softer fruit maybe a little cheaper.

Irresistible and antioxidant rich blueberries plentiful and retailing at your local greengrocer for $1.50-$4 a punnet.

Bananas are top value at $2.50-$4 a kilo. These Banana & Chocolate Smoothie Pops are a delicious and easy to make homemade paddle pop that will help you stay cool this week.

Snap up sweet eating, plump and flavoursome late season cherries. Most cherries are now coming from Tasmanian. They excellent quality and priced at $10-$25 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

It is a fabulous time to enjoy melons? Refresh in to eat rockmelons are $2-$4 each or for something new try the Piel de Sapo melon. This oval shaped melon originated in Spain and has a juicy pale yellowish green, dense flesh and are distinguishable by their extra thick and ridged mottled green and yellow rind. Piel de Sapo melon are $3-$5 each.

For a sweet summer sensation pick up a bag of new season lychees. They’re easy to peel and are best value at this time of the year. Lychees are $10-$15 a kilo, depending on variety. Team lychees with chopped mango, banana and passionfruit pulp and serve with ice cream. Discover 7 delicious ways to enjoy lychees.

Smooth to hold and packed with juicy summer goodness nectarines brighten up your fruit bowl and add a tangy taste to salads and simply desserts. Both yellow and white flesh fruit is plentiful expect to pay $3-$8 a kilo.

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. Plums are $3-$10 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

VEGETABLES

VegetableKids and adults alike love the refreshing crunch of cucumbers. Lebanese cucumbers are so easy to prepare. Try this no cook crunchy greens and smoked salmon salads, sandwiches and dips like the classic tzatziki. Sliced into thin batons, the Lebanese cucumber makes a terrific dipper. Pick up a kilo this week for only $3-$5 a kilo.

Delicious and nutritious summer salads are vibrant and healthy. Versatile Iceberg lettuce can be cut into chunk wedges for chicken salad, shredded for burger fillings or use the large crisp leaves as cups to fillings like this Asian Cucumber, Prawn & Chilli Noodle Salads. Iceberg lettuces are $3-$4 per head.

Zucchini’s are a breeze to prepare. No need to peel, simply slice, dice or grate. Their mild flavour makes them a hit with the kids. Delicious barbecued, try these Add zucchini to skewers like these tasty Honey & Sesame Zucchini, Mushroom & Chicken Skewers. Zucchinis are well priced at $5-$6 a kilo.

Salad and truss tomatoes retailing at $3-$ a kilo. Cherry and grape tomatoes at $2-$3 a punnet. It’s long been a tradition in Italian families to gather once a year to make and bottle fresh tomato sauce. Tomato or Passata Day general takes place late January to early March. This week the first harvests of plump ripe roma tomatoes, from Victoria in 18 kilo boxes, are ready to cater to this time-honoured tradition. Boxes are retailing at $30. This simple super tasty Tomato Sauce recipe can be multiplied 2 or 3 time to make larger quantities.

Eggplants are at their best value from late summer to early autumn as Sydney growers are harvest quality crops. Select smooth eggplant with firm, satin-like, glossy skin, which feel heavy for their size. Eggplants are good value at $4-$7 a kilo.

Versatile and tasty snake beans are in season. Sold in bunches, snake beans are about 30cm in length and have a delicate flavour. Snake beans are a bargain at $2-$3 a bunch.

From late summer to early autumn, locally grown sweetcorn shines for quality and freshness. Add corn to salads, salsas, fritters, pasta dishes, meat patties and rices dishes for colour and sweetness. Cobs of sweetcorn are retailing at 60¢-$1 each.

FLOWERS

FlowersBright up your home or office desk with purple agapanthus, flowering gum, sunflowers, hydrangea, lisianthius, tuberose, dahlias, pineapple lilies, local roses, bouvardia, celosia, gloriosa lilies, scabiosa, zinnia, oriental lilies, water lilies, amaranthus, lupins, Queen Ann’s lace and lotus pods and a super range of greenery. To obtain the maximum vase life, remember to trim the stems and refresh the water every 2 days.

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 2019-01-15 15:24:00

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