Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
16 to 22 December 2019

This will be the last market report for 2019. I trust that you have continued to find them helpful. My next Sydney Market report will be issued on the 6th January 2019. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support in helping us promote fresh seasonal fruit, vegetables and flowers and buying from independent greengrocers and florists. Merry Christmas, Sue


FruitFresh berries make the ultimate summer dessert. Select from raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, red currants and strawberries all are in season. One of the easiest and impressive desserts to make ahead of entertaining is a fresh summer berry, mascarpone & chocolate trifle. Berries are at their very best for value and quality in December. Berries are ranging from $4-$6 a punnet.

Medium-large sized rockmelons are great value at $3-$5 each. Queensland grown Candy melons at $3-$5 each (this melon has a golden smooth rind and a super sweet orange flesh.)

Your local greengrocer has the most highly fragrant peaches and nectarines. These stonefruits will delight your senses and your budget. Prices range from $4-$12 a kilo, depending on size, flesh colour and quality. Consider buying the fruit by the tray as it is more economical and the fruit keeps better as it is handled less.

Celebrate the festive season with sweet eating cherries. Prices are expected to range from $8-$50 a kilo depending size, variety and growing region. For maximum quality use within 2-3 day of purchasing. Treat the family to roasted cherries served with turkey or ham or round off a festive meal with chocolate-dipped cherries.

Luscious, juicy mangoes are a summer favourite. There is plenty fruit available this week, expect to pay $2-$5 each or $15-$40 a tray.

Exotic and flavoursome; fresh lychees are a sweet summer sensation and now is the best time to make the most of lychees. To store lychees, place in a sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator. Lychees are $25-$35 a kilo, depending on variety.

Blushing apricots make a scrumptious and nutritious snack but have you tried char-grilling apricots or adding them to a salad? Serve apricots with turkey or chicken or make tangy relish with these gems. Apricots are $3-$12 a kilo, depending on size and variety.

Put some zing in your day with Aussie grown limes, supplies have increased and prices have eased. Pop a kilo in the basket this week to use in cocktails, marinades, salad dressings ,to enjoy with seafood or whip up this scrumptious lime cheesecake with summer fruits. Limes are retailing at $1-$1.50 each. Look for bulk buy specials.

Summer and tomatoes are synonymous and as the weather warms up tomatoes flavour intensifies. Cherry tomatoes ate the best buy at $3 a punnet. A tasty tomato needs simple flavours.

New-season grapes are firm and bursting with flavour. Grab a bunch or two for $8-$12 a kilo.


VegetablesSweet potato wedges made with kumara are delicious, alternative sweet potato makes are delicious gratin or add to a cold to a potato salad. Kumara is $2-$5 a kilo.

Fresh herbs make add flavour to festive cooking. Sprinkle fresh thyme sprigs across roasted vegetables, add sage and parsley to your meat stuffings. Team lots of basil leaves, extra virgin olive oil, sliced heirloom tomatoes and black olives to serve as a side dish. Fresh herbs are $2-$4 a bunch. Try our festive chilli, coriander & lime BBQ prawns.

Perfect to roasting or a potato salad desiree, pontiac and brushed potatoes are $3-$4 a kilo. Gourmet potatoes such as kipfler and Dutch cream are $6-$10 a kilo. Impress your guests with these crispy little potato gratins. Whether you are having a traditional roast Christmas lunch or a cold seafood fare potato are a must-have. Potato supplies are currently from Atherton, South Australia and Hillston.

Carrots are a bargain at $1.50-$3 for a one kilo. Roasted carrots are deliciously sweet, sprinkle with fresh thyme for added flavour.

Broccolini is a top buy at $2.50-$3 a bunch. Fast and easy to cook, serve broccolini warm with a dressing or toss cold through a salad.

For a festive coloured roasted team chopped zucchini (at $4-$6 a kilo) and red capsicum ($6-$9 a kilo) together with garlic cloves and Spanish onions ($3.50-$4 a kilo).

Cos and Iceberg lettuce $3-$4 a head.


FlowersChristmas means that red, white, gold and green foliage are in big demand, we highly recommend that you contact your florist early to place your order. There is a spectacular range of fresh flowers and foliage available this week including Christmas Bush, Christmas Bells, holly, spruce, potted poinsettias.

Also, in season sea holly (dyed gold & silver) berzelia, kangaroo paw, Queen Anne’s lace, classic roses and spray roses, buddleia, flowering gum, hydrangea, peonies, gardenia, lisianthus, celosia, gardenia, dahlia, agapanthus, water lilies and lots of colourful gerberas.

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 tel 0438 725 453.

Published On 2019-12-16 17:25:00

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