Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
14 - 20 MARCH 2022


Fruit Put grapes on your shopping list as the range and quality are superb. With over a dozen different varieties to select from, including seeded and seedless varieties, juicy grapes are at their best eating in autumn. Prices range from $3-$10 a kilo, depending on variety, size, and colour.

It is an excellent great time to enjoy juicy flavoursome plums; your local greengrocer will have at least 3-4 different varieties, each varying in flesh and skin colour, size and flavour. Look for varieties like Teagan Blue, October Sun or Queen Garnet. For a quick dessert, try these Easy plum tarts.

Crunchy new season apples make the ideal snack. The time is ripe to enjoy Royal Gala, Fuji, Red Delicious, Kanzi, Mi, Golden Delicious, Granny and Rocket varieties. The season is a little later than usual, but this extra time has improved the vibrant colour of the fruit.

Get creative with juicy, fibre rich pears. Buy firm fruit and ripen at room temperature. Put Packham pears, Williams, and Buerru Bosc on your shopping list prices range from $2-$4 a kilo depending on variety and size.

Fleshy and juicy dragonfruit are plentiful and good buy this week. There are two varieties to choose from pink skin and vibrant crimson flesh dotted with edible black seeds. The other variety is pink-skinned but has whitish flesh containing edible black seeds. Northern Territory grown fruit is in season now and available for $3-$10 a kilo.

Autumn is the time to discover the aromatic and flavoursome guavas. Their vibrant pink flesh, when ripe, has a granular yet creamy texture. Peel, cut in half and remove seeds; enjoy added to fruit salad, poach, juice or turn in to jelly. Guavas are $12-$16 a kilo.

Avocados contain ‘good’ unsaturated fat and are the richest source of vitamin E of all fruits and vegetables. Avocados are $2.50-$5 each, depending on variety and size.

Although their creamy texture, bananas contain no fat at all. Bananas make an ideal snack and a delicious cooked, add them to pancakes, muffins, cakes or whip a satisfying banana smoothie. Bananas are $1.50-$4 a kilo.

Mini Lee melons look like a miniature version of watermelon. Sweet eating, with vibrant crimson coloured flesh Mini Lee melons, are $4-$5 each.

An average-sized lemon will yield approximately ¼ cup juice and one tablespoon of grated zest. A squeeze of lemon juice can reduce the richness of a dish or add an enticing tangy to muffins, puddings and cakes. Lemons are $1.50-$5 a kilo.


Vegetables Chestnut season has started, and you would be nuts not to try them. Cooked chestnuts have a sweet taste and a texture similar to roast sweet potato. Chestnuts are super delicious boiled, baked, grilled or roasted. Pick up a kilo and enjoy chestnuts in soups, stir-fries, pasta dishes or make a creamy chestnut dessert. This week chestnuts are $10-$20 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

More than just a plate filler, potatoes are delicious and nutritious; each variety has its unique flavour and characteristics. Potatoes contain almost no fat; they are an excellent source of fibre and provide vitamin C, B Vitamins and iron. Potatoes team well with spices and herbs such as cumin, coriander, oregano, parsley, chives and dill. This week, pick up a 5-kilo bag of South Australian grown spuds for $5-$8 a kilo, depending on variety. Looking for a fresh way to enjoy potatoes try these tasty ideas

If you adore Spanish and Kalamata green olives, try pickling your own. This week, you can pick up a kilo of green for a 5-kilo box, which is $20-$40, depending on size and variety.

Roast pumpkin is delicious and served hot or cold. Roast pumpkin with the skin on or off; it is a personal choice, but try sprinkling it with fresh herbs, Moroccan spice mix, or a combination of chilli and garlic embellish pumpkins, natural sweetness. Jap, butternut and Jarrahdale pumpkins are plentiful and, if purchased whole, are selling for around $1-$2 a kilo when purchased whole and $2-$3 a kilo once cut.

Carrots are a favourite stable adored for their colour, crunch, and versatility. Carrots are good value all round at $1-$1.50 a kilo bag or extra sweet carrots from the stack at $2-$2.50 a kilo. This flavoursome healthy salad is a mid-week winner Carrot, tomato and chicken quinoa salad or if this week’s cooler weather has you craving something a bit heartier than this Mexican carrot, jalapeno and black bean soup.

Fresh machine-harvested green beans are brimming with flavour. Store beans in a ventilated plastic bag in the crips section of the refrigerator. u and within 1-2 days of purchasing. This week machine-harvested beans are around $10 a kilo.

Firm, papery-skinned brown onions are full of flavour. Perfect for a bowl of nourishing French onion soup, or add them to a roast or casserole.

Brown onions are a great flavour base for so many dishes. Depending on size, brown onions are $2-$3 a kilo.

As more sweetcorn cobs arrive from Victoria and South Australia, so corn prices have eased a little. Expect to pay 60 cents to $1 a cob.


Flowers There is a glorious selection of fresh cut flowers available this week including, David Austin roses, lisianthus, celosia, sunflowers, tulips, fragrant roses, dahlia, bird of paradise, snap dragons, stock, oriental lilies, pom pom, asters, gum nuts chrysanthemum, trix, daisy chrysanthemum, protea and Easter daisies. Potted cyclamen and hyacinth.

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 2022-03-14 14:32:00

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