15 - 21 January 2024 update Sydney Market that includes availability and price of seasonal fruits, vegetables and flowers. Also includes recipe suggestions.
Experience the delightful crunch and sweet flavours of Sunraysia's latest grape harvest. Bursting with natural sweetness, the current grape selection features enticing varieties such as Flame Seedless, Black Sapphire, Midnight Beauty, Ralli, Menindee Seedless, Sweet Globe and Sweet Celebration. Prices for these succulent grapes range from $5 to $16 per kilogram, depending on variety.
There are good supplies of extra tasty blueberries from Tumbarumba and Tasmania. Expect to pay $2-$5 a punnet, depending on the berry and punnet size.
Yellow and white-fleshed peaches and nectarines are still delicious to eat, their natural sweetness and juiciness making them an irresistible choice for a healthy snacking or quick dessert. The popular yellow-skinned, Golden Queen peach is a popular choice for preserving or poaching at this time of year. Depending on size and variety, prices range from $3-$10 a kilo.
Snap up the last of the season’s flavoursome and top-quality Tasmania cherries; prices range from $10-$50 a kilo, depending on variety and size. The season has around two weeks to go.
Plums are plentiful. Attractively coloured and rich in flavour, select from blood plums or yellow flesh varieties. There are about a dozen different varieties now available. Select from plums of varying shapes; skin and flesh colour and flavours range from honey-sweet to sweet and tangy. Plums could be as cheap as $3 a kilo and range to $16 a kilo.
Late summer to early autumn is the perfect time to enjoy delicious figs. Let them ripen at room temperature, keep fully ripe ones in the fridge, and use them within 1-2 days. Serve fresh figs at room temperature, or get creative by gently poaching them in honey and orange juice, grilling halves, tossing them into a honeyed walnut & blue cheese salad or try our delicious fig clafoutis. Figs are priced at $1 to $3 each.
Zesty limes are a cheaper and more seasonal choice for adding tang to your cooking. Budget-friendly limes are per kilo or 60¢ to $1 each; keep an eye out for bulk buy deals. To get the most juice from a lime, roll it between your palm and the counter to loosen fibres before cutting and juicing.
Mini Lee melons resemble small watermelons and are sweet to eat, featuring vibrant crimson-coloured flesh. You can get Mini Lee melons for $1.50 to $3 per kilo. Typically, these melons weigh less than 5 kilos on average.
One of the best-flavoured avocados you will ever taste is the creamy, full-flavoured Reed avocado. Smooth-skinned Reed avocados from Renmark in South Australia are only available until the end of February and are selling for $2-$4 each, depending on quality and size.
Enjoy a taste of summer with sweet and juicy lychees. They're simple to peel and offer the best value this time of year, ranging from $12 to $20 per kilo, with the jumbo-sized Erdon Lee variety priced at approximately $50 per kilo.
Snake beans remain a fabulous choice. Enjoy them stir-fried with garlic, ginger, tomatoes, or fresh herbs. You can find snake beans at your local greengrocer for $2-$3 a bunch. Try a delightful Asian snake bean, herb, and chilli salad - it pairs exceptionally well with barbecued fish or chicken.
Zucchinis are priced between $3 and $6 per kilo. Grate them into cakes, pasta sauces, or burger patties, meatloaf or slice them thinly for salads. For a delightful addition, barbecue zucchini to enhance the taste and texture of salads like the delicious Char-grilled zucchini, rocket & prosciutto salad.
Glossy-skinned eggplants are a great source of dietary fibre and vitamin B6, crucial for many body functions. The purple skin is packed with antioxidants. Bake, grill, or barbecue eggplant instead of frying to keep it low-fat. Eggplants are available for $3-$6 per kilo.
Broccoli prices have begun to come back a bit, so this week, you can expect to pay approximately $4 to $6 per kilo.
On Choy, also known as water spinach or Kang kong, is a leafy green vegetable with a gentle spinach taste, sold in bunches. Steam or stir-fry the leaves and stems, then top them with garlic and oyster sauce. Another option is to steam the leaves and stems and drizzle them with soy sauce. You can grab On Choy at a great price, ranging from $2 to $2.50.
Carrots are a beloved kitchen staple, cherished for their colour, crunch, and flexibility. You can get a kilo bag of carrots for a good value ranging from $1 to $1.50, or opt for extra sweet carrots from the stack at $2 to $2.50 per kilo. Try a mid-week winner with the flavourful and healthy carrot, tomato & chicken quinoa salad.
Crunchy and versatile, celery is a refreshing all-purpose veggie. It pairs wonderfully with robust-flavoured blue cheese or aged cheddar. Enjoy celery's crispness, flavour and versatility. This week, you can grab some at a great price, ranging from $3 to $4 a bunch.
Fire up your wok and toss together a quick stir-fry using economical and great-tasting Asian leafy greens at $1.50-$2.50 a bunch.
Golden-fleshed kumara tubers are excellent value at $2-$4 a kilo. Add diced and roasted kumara to a salad, they make delicious wedges.
Add cauliflower to your shopping list at a cost of $3 to $5 each (that’s a bit cheaper than last week) Not only are cauliflowers budget-friendly, but they are also highly nutritious. For a tasty twist, slice cauliflowers into steaks and char-grill them until tender.
Summer offers a splendid array of flowers to enjoy at home or in the office. Visit your local florist and pick up flowering gum, hydrangea, tuberose, crab claws, roses, sunflowers, pineapple lily, Queen Anne Lace, dahlias, snapdragons, bouvardia, oriental lilies, water lilies, amaranthus, lupins, lotus pods, gerbera and a super range of greenery. To obtain the maximum vase life, remember to trim the stems and refresh the water every 2 days.
Please note that the prices quoted in this report only apply for the current week and are subject to variation based on product variety, size, quality, and the trading area. For more information, please feel free to contact Sue Dodd, Marketing Consultant, at 0438725453
Published On 2024-01-15 15:46:53Print Page