Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
17 to 23 February 2020


VEGETABLES

VegetablesLeafy 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, it is only $2.50-$3 for a generous bunch. This sautéed kale, enoki, mushrooms & eggs is an ultra-delicious way to start or finish the day with.

Versatile snake beans are also known as yard beans or long bean are in season. Sold in bunches of around 40cm long, these beans are tender and ultra-versatile. Steam or stir-fry to serve as a side dish or add to a stir-fry. Snake beans are $2.50-$3 a bunch.

Broccolini is a top buy at $2-$3 a bunch. Fast and easy to cook, serve broccolini warm with a dressing or toss cold through a salad. Try this broccolini with pancetta & almonds.

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 80¢-$1 per cob. Try these delicious potato & sweetcorn.

Fleshy, red capsicums are a thrifty buy at $5-$8 a kilo, for field-grown capsicums.

Versatile carrots have a superb flavour and are rich in vitamin A. This variety is distinguishable by their deep orange colour and shorter and thicker shape; expect to pay $1.50-$2.50 a kilo.

Crunchy Iceberg lettuce is a choice buy at $3-$4 ahead. Core lettuce and cut into large wedges dressed with your favourite salad dressing. Icebergs pleasant crisp texture makes them a top addition to rice paper rolls, teamed with mango and chicken.

With their mild onion flavour leeks are the perfect choice for teaming with mushrooms, eggs, tomatoes and seafood. Larger leeks are sold by the stem, while thinner stems are sold in bunches; both are retailing at $2-$3 each.

With its attractive orange flesh and rich creamy texture kumara is delicious roasted and enjoyed hot or cold in a salad or couscous dish. Spice it up with a little grated ginger, chopped coriander or cumin to make it extra special. Medium to large-sized kumara is $2-$4 a kilo.

Victorian and Sydney grown salad and Roma tomatoes are good buying at $5-$6 a kilo. Try our basil, spinach & olive pesto, ricotta & tomato bruschetta.

FRUIT

FruitLate summer is peak plums season. Delicious enjoyed as a snack; plums are also a tasty addition to a salad. Plums are selling for $4-$10 a kilo, with the exceptional of the highly coloured and super high antioxidant-rich Queen Garnet variety which are selling for $8-$18 a kilo, depending on size. Here is a quick dessert - pan-stewed plums with vanilla.

Super sweet Piel de sapo melons (also known as Christmas melons) are in good value at $3-$5 each. Wash melons before cutting to ensure no soil is on the rind.

New-season Williams pears are superb quality and top value at $2-$4 a kilo.

Sweet figs are sublime. Figs team equally as well with savoury foods such as nuts, meats and cheese. Try adding figs to a homemade pizza, teamed with prosciutto and feta. Enjoy quality figs for $1-$3 each.

There is nothing quite like a new season apple. Bilpin and Stanhope apple harvests are underway and Royal Gala apples are sweet, juicy and crisp. Available from February through to August, Royal Gala apples are a medium-sized and the skin has a yellow base with red flushes. Greengrocers are selling Royal Galas apples for $3-$6 a kilo.

Tangy limes are plentiful and very affordable at $5-$7 a kilo or 50¢-80¢ each, look for bulk buy specials. To maximise the volume of juice you get from a lime, roll limes between your palm and the benchtop to loosen fibres before cutting and juicing. This Lime Cheesecake With Summer Fruits is a crowd-pleaser.

Sun-ripened golden and white-fleshed peaches and nectarines are still brimming with flavour. Peaches and nectarines are $3-$8 a kilo, depending on flesh colour and size. The large golden-skinned and fleshed Golden Queen variety has started, these are a gorgeous peach to preserve or poach.

Citrus caviar is the affectionate name given to finger limes. Originally from the Queensland rain forests, these small elongated citrus fruits are about the size and shape of a thumb. Inside the finger lime, you’ll discover juice-filled pulp that resembles small ‘pearls’ that burst in your mouth with a vibrant citrus tang. Try this Finger Lime & Ginger Dressing. Finger limes are retailing at $1-$2 each.

Grapes season is here and fruit has never tasted sweeter. Select from seeded and seedless varieties, with grape colours ranging from pale green, pink or black. Varieties include Crimson, Menindee seedless, Sultana, Thompson $4-$10 a kilo.

Bursting with flavour and antioxidants blueberries from Victoria and Tasmania are available for $3-$5 a punnet.

Creamy Queensland bananas are an Aussie favourite, prices are $3-$4 a kilo, depending on quality and size.

FLOWERS

FlowersLate summer flowers in plentiful supply are pink oriental lilies, chrysanthemums, water lily, gerberas, coral celosia, amaranthus, alstroemeria, bouvardia, dahlias, tuberoses, tiger lily, hydrangea, sunflowers, pineapple lily, lisianthus, David Austin roses, lotus pods, flowering gum, Easter daisies, clethra, sedum, carnations, local roses, tropical flowers like 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, Retail Support Manager on tel 0438 725 453.



Published On 2020-02-18 17:25:00

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