Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
16 - 22 AUGUST 2021


Fruit Lastly, flavoursome blood oranges are loaded with raspberry coloured juice and rich in colour they are not to miss. Use the juice in salad dressing and marinades, the rind and juice in baked goods like our blood orange, almond and semolina cake, or add the colourful segments to a fennel salad. Depending on size, blood oranges are retailing for $4-$7 a kilo.

Kon Fruit, also sold as Sumo and Dekopon are large mandarins, resemble a large tangelo in shape; with a thick, wrinkly rind, this fruit is easy to peel, seedless and ultra-flavoursome and juicy. Expect to pay $6-$8 a kilo; enjoy now as the season is short.

Late season mandarins are delicious eating, sweet and juicy. Select from Honey Murcott and Imperial varieties, fruit sells for $2-$6 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

Tangy citrus is in abundance. Juicy Navel oranges are $2-$5 a kilo; vibrant coloured tangelos, are $3-$5 a kilo and ruby grapefruit is $3-4 a kilo. This orange, spinach, fennel anf chickpea salad fresh and healthy salad low in kilojoules and packed with flavour.

Sweet eating strawberries from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast are extra flavoursome and plentiful. Make the most of the great value with punnet retailing at $1.50-$5 depending on variety, punnet size and quality.

Arriving from Darwin, mangoes are sweet but will become sweeter as the season progresses. Make a quick mango salsa to serve with curry by combining diced mango with chopped red chilli, lime juice and chopped coriander leaves. Mangoes are $3-$6 each, depending on size.

Golden-fleshed pineapples from far north Queensland are $3-$6 each, depending on variety and size. This Pineapple and Chilli Salsa with Crisp-Skin Salmon is fast and fresh.

Sweet eating and aromatic small, North Territory rockmelons are a thrifty buy at $2-$6 each, depending on size.

Make the most of late winter lemons. Juice and lemon zest add flavour to marinades, cakes, steamed puddings or make your own preserved lemon. Select lemons that feel heavy for their size; this indicates good juice content. Lemons are $3-$6 a kilo.

Looking for a low kilojoules snack, then you can’t go past Aussie apples. Pink Lady, Fuji, Kanzi, Yellow, Bravo, Envy and Royal gala are still eating nicely and are good value at $4-$10 a kilo, depending on size and variety.


Vegetables Broccoli is one of the most nutritious vegetable; it has some iron plus potassium and a high content of vitamins, including vitamin C. This week is an ideal time to make the most broccoli will retail for $2-$4 a kilo.

Crisp and versatile celery is a thrifty buy this week at $3-$4 a bunch, depending on size. Store unwashed in an airtight container lined with a paper towel in the refrigerator for maximum shelf life.

The delicate aniseed flavour and crunchy texture of fennel complement fish, chicken, lamb, pears and citrus. For a quick entrée or salad, combine shredded fennel with shaved parmesan, crisp slices of pear and watercress. At $1-$2 a bulb, fennel is a great buy.

Premium quality large snow-white cauliflowers are a bargain at $3-$4 ahead. Cut a head of cauliflower into large slices (to make cauliflower steaks) pan-fry, or roast until tender.

Enjoy the quality and flavour of market-fresh locally grown bok choy, choy sum and gai lum for $1.50-$2.50 a bunch. Toss in a hot wok and serve as a side vegetable or combine with meat for a quick, easy and healthy stir-fry. With only 15 minutes of cooking time, this lime and lemongrass chicken with bok choy is the perfect midweek dinner.

Add a boost of colour to your winter salads with radicchio; its vibrant pinkish-marron-coloured leaves are slightly bitter and team deliciously with winter citrus, fennel, pears, parsley, apples and pomegranates. Radicchio lettuces are retailing at $3-$4 a head. This salad makes a light and an easy side dish to share radicchio, fennel, pear and blue cheese salad.

Super nutritious kale is packed full of nutrients with just one cup providing about 100% of your daily vitamins A, C and K. Use kale in similar ways to English spinach. Kale is selling for $1.50-$3 a bunch.

For best eating, Brussels sprouts choose small, compact and even-sized sprouts. Trim sprouts, cut into halves or quarters and toss into a wok with diced bacon and Worcestershire sauce. Cook until just tender and vibrant green. Brussels sprouts are $3-$6 a kilo.

New-season Australian grown asparagus has arrived at the Sydney Markets. There is imported Mexican asparagus, but as soon as local supplies increase the exports will drop off. Australian asparagus is $3.50-$4 a bunch.

Globe artichokes are a stunning vegetable with a unique, sweet and subtle flavour. Early supplies of artichokes are from Victoria and growers in the Sydney basin; expect to pay $2.50-$3 ahead. If you have not prepared globe artichokes, this recipe is a great starting point. Globe artichokes with prosciutto.

Crunchy Iceberg lettuce is thrifty buy this week at $2 ahead. Perfect timing for enjoying these lettuce cups for serving san choy bau or making up a classic avocado, green omelette and lettuce roll for school or work lunches.


Flowers With spring just around the corner, there is a flush of new season blooms in the Sydney Flower Market. Cherry blossom has started, and stock, tiger lilies and tulips are plentiful. You will also find reasonably priced protea, eriostemon, peiris, daphne, scabiosa, sunflowers, poppies, hellebores, sweetpeas, lupins, long-stemmed kangaroo paws, violets, flowering blossom, jonquils and daffodils.

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 2021-08-16 14:12:32

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