Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
15 - 21 FEBRUARY 2021


FRUIT

Fruit Kiwi berries are the size of a large grape, green in colour and fuzz-free. When cut open, they look much like regular kiwifruit with emerald green colour and small black seeds arranged in a typical pattern. Their flavour is similar to kiwifruit; perhaps a bit sweeter, although sugar levels can vary. Kiwiberries are now available at your local greengrocer for $4-$6 a punnet.

New-season apples include crisp Royal Gala and Mi apples $3-$7 a kilo.

Late summer yield a plentiful supply of tangy-sweet passionfruit. Choose fruit that is heavy for its size, a slightly wrinkled appearance is quite acceptable. Passionfruit are $1-$1.50 each, depending on variety and size

Flavoursome new-season Williams pears are fresh off the trees. Enjoy them eaten firm or soft. Serve with cheese, or toss through a salad. Williams’ pears are $2-$4 a kilo.

Late-summer provides a superb selection of plums. With so much variety plum prices are also widely priced starting at $2 a kilo and up to $12 a kilo for newer varieties. This spicy Asian-style plum sauce teams very well with grilled chicken, fish or lamb. For an extra spicy sauce, add an extra chilli.

We are spoiled for choice when it comes to new season grapes. Select from seeded and seedless varieties, with grape colours ranging from pale green, pink or black. Varieties include Crimson, Black Ribier, Muscatels, Sultana, Thompson, Sweet Celebration, Sapphire, Cotton Candy and two new types with a refreshing, crisp textured, Ladies Fingers (they look like a white variety of the elongated Sapphire grape) and Sweet Globes. Grab a bunch for $3-$16 a kilo, depending on the variety.

It’s time to enjoy figs. Naturally sweet figs are delightful slice and served with muesli, add them to a salad or enjoy them grilled or baked. Figs make a delicious fig clafoutis; this simple French-style custard is delicious served straight from the oven. Figs are 50c-$3 each, depending on variety and size.

Originally from the Queensland rain forests, finger limes are small elongated citrus about the size and shape of your thumb. Inside the finger lime, you’ll discover juice-filled pulp that resembles ‘caviar’ that will burst in your mouth with a vibrant citrus tang. Finger limes are retailing at $1.50-$2 each.

Both rich-crimson fleshed and white-fleshed dragon fruit are plentiful this week your local greengrocer will have refreshing dragon fruit for around $5 each or up to $15 a kilo.

Dinosaur's egg melons. Officially they are a white rind honeydew melon with attractive variegated green strips. The white flesh is extremely-sweet eating with a delicate melon aroma. This new melon is very delicious and definitely worth a try. Expect to pay $5-$6 a melon, depending on size.

Lycopene rich tomatoes are extra flavoursome and good value late summer. Depending on variety tomato prices are ranging from $2-$5 a kilo.

New-season Australian grown Sheppard avocados are the best eating avocado at this time of year at $3-$4 each. This pear-shaped avocado with smooth green skin has a butter flavour and does not brown (oxidise) once cut. Try Sheppard avocadoes in this baby cucumber, avocado and chicken salad with lime miso dressing.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Golden cobs of sweetcorn are a popular buy and a family favourite. Boil whole cobs or remove kernels for fritters, muffins and salads. Sweetcorn is 50¢-80¢ a cob.

Cooler nights are producing a flush of firm, flavoursome snow-white cauliflowers. Priced at $2.50-$3 each, cauliflowers are good value and the quality superb.

Slender, fleshy and dark green in colour, snake beans are tender, mild-flavoured and versatile. Snake beans are at their peak freshness and available for $2.50-$3 a bunch.

Leafy and nutritious kale is a popular choice for green juices, stir-frying or adding shredded to frittatas and omelettes. Add a bunch to your shopping list; they are only $1.50-$3 for a generous bunch.

Multi-purpose red and green capsicums are a thrifty buy at $2.50-$5 a kilo. Mixed coloured capsicums are $2-$3 a kilo. This homemade caramelised capsicum, tomato and goat’s cheese pizzas is perfect for a casual Friday night dinner, served with a leafy salad.

There is an exciting selection of versatile eggplant, instore this week for $3-$6 a kilo, depending on the variety. Eggplants are available all year around but is most abundant and therefore at their best prices during summer and autumn. This week eggplant is available in white, mauve, variegated and the traditional rich purple-black. Try this Moroccan roasted eggplants with lamb; it’s a great family-style flavoursome dish.

With their crisp texture, bright green leaves and stems and excellent nutritional value, Asian vegetables are a popular choice. Make your next stir-fry more authentic and delicious, by toss in a bunch of chopped gai lum, pak choy, bok choy or choy sum, at $1- $1.50 a bunch; they are super-good value.

Versatile kumara (orange-fleshed sweet potatoes) can be baked, fried, boiled, steamed or used instead of potato in most recipes. Kumara $1-$4 a kilo, depending on size.

FLOWERS

Flowers Late summer flowers in plentiful supply are pink oriental lilies, chrysanthemums, water lily, white hypericum, bachelor buttons, coral celosia, amaranthus, alstroemeria, bouvardia, locally grown dahlias, tuberoses, tiger lily, hydrangea, sunflowers, pineapple lily, lisianthus, David Austin roses, lotus pods, flowering gum, Easter daisies, sedum, carnations, local roses, ginger flowers, heliconia and crab claws.



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 2021-02-15 15:26:31

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