Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
16 - 22 September 2019


VegetablesFresh, luscious Victorian asparagus is top value and premium quality right now. Thick or thin spears are equally as tender, but it makes sense to buy the same thickness as they will take the same time to cook. Asparagus is available for $2-$3 a bunch, depending on thickness and size of the bunch.

Asian greens are top quality and value this week. For maximum flavour and freshness buy Asian greens regularly and cook them only until just tender. Asian greens are $1-$2 a bunch.

Flavoursome broad beans are still available for $5-$7 a kilo. Remove bean from the pod, shell a second time then simmer in boiling water until just tender. Broad beans team superbly with chicken, lamb, mushrooms, feta, mint, potatoes and artichokes.

Leafy silverbeet and English spinach are a super good buy at $1.50-$3.

Watercress has a distinct peppery flavour and is an excellent source of vitamin C. Add watercress to salads; serve with roast beef, tomatoes or with grilled or barbecued salmon fillets. Watercress is $2.50-$3.50 a bunch and is best used within 2-3 days of purchase.

Green beans are superb good value this week, with machine harvest beans retailing at $3-$5 a kilo and quality hand picks for $7-$10 a kilo. For a quick side dish toss together this tasty Asparagus & green beans with chilli & cashews.

Put crisp, healthy salads back on the menu. Depending on choice Cos and Iceberg lettuce along with hydroponically grown fancy lettuce are retailing at $2-$3 each. Supplies are coming from Victoria, Queensland and Sydney basin.

Keep springtime dining light and easy with crisp sugar snap and snow peas. Choose bright peas that are firm and plump, but not bulging. Grab a headful of both varieties of pea, steam and toss peas with chopped fresh mint, crumbled low-fat ricotta cheese and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Sugar snap and snow peas are good value at $6-$8 a kilo.

Golden coloured sweetcorn is a tasty and versatile vegetable. Serve a hot cob with butter and salt and pepper or remove kernels and add to salads, fritters or fried rice. Sweetcorn is a choice by at 70¢ -$1 per cob.


FruitAustralians love their strawberries and right now is the peak time to enjoying luscious sweet eating strawberries at great prices.

Spring pineapples are sweet eating. Enjoy them in a fruit salad; add them to a Thai style curry, a sweet and sour dish, kids love a classic ham and pineapple pizza or team with spring fruits for a vitamin-rich dessert salad. Small-sized Queensland grown pineapples are $3-$6 each, depending on variety and size. Toss pineapple with strawberries, chopped oranges and blueberries in a super-sized vitamin C spring fruit salad.

Brimming with healthy goodness, tropical-tasting papaya from the Mossman area of Far North Queensland is a bargain this week at $3-$6 a kilo. A fragrant aroma is a good indication of good flavour. If cut, select fruit with bright-coloured, undamaged flesh. Start your morning with this Papaya, Mango & Pineapple With Lime Yoghurt.

Did you know that swapping 20g of butter for 2 tablespoons of avocado reduces the kilojoule and fat content by half? So, it makes healthy sense to spreading avocado on a sandwich instead of butter. Avocados are $1.50-$3.50 each depending on size.

Their attractive purplish-blue colour and sweet flavour teamed with their high antioxidant qualities make blueberries a popular and healthy choice. Make the most o the quality and value as blueberries are only $2-$5 a punnet.

Rockmelons are selling for $2-$4 each, depending size. Select firm rockmelons with a sweet aroma, which feel heavy for their size. Fruit should be beige to golden coloured (not green) with a pronounced netting pattern on the skin.

Sweet and tasty Queensland bananas are well supplied and a thrifty buy at $2.50-$4 a kilo. One banana provides over a third of your daily vitamin C requirements.

Sweet and juicy mangoes bring a lush tropical taste to your table. Freshly harvested Kensington Pride mangoes from Darwin herald the arrival of mango season. Kensington Pride mangoes are retailing at $3-$6 each, depending on size.


FlowersThis week the pick of the bunch includes ranunculus, freesia, sweet peas, stock, pierus, daffodils, tulips, roses, anemones, daffodil, tiger lilies, berzelia, baby’s breath, queen Anne’s lace, poppies, yellow and purple iris, gladioli, hellebores, oriental lilies, cherry blossom, poppies, alstroemeria and loads of interesting foliage.

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, Retail Support Manager on tel 0438 725 453.

Published On 2019-09-20 17:25:00

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