Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
17 - 23 JANUARY 2022
Snap up yellow-fleshed nectarines this week; they are outstanding quality and value; expect to pay $5-$12 a kilo, depending on variety and size. It is a good week to look for savings and purchase nectarines by the tray. These nectarines with coconut and pistachio crumble makes a quick and easy summer dessert.
Extra-large, premium export quality Tasmanian cherries are available at your local greengrocer. Depending on size, variety, and origin, Cherries range from $16-$55 a kilo.
Smooth, creamy, and potassium-rich bananas are a storehouse of sustained energy, and they also make a delicious cake or banana bread. Depending on size, bananas are $2.50-$4 a kilo.
Juicy limes are plentiful and affordable right now at 50¢-$1 each and look for net bag specials of around $4-$5 for a kilo at your local greengrocer. To obtain the maximum juice from a lime, warm the fruit in the microwave for 30 seconds or roll firmly on the kitchen bench, then juice.
The Australian grape season runs for six to seven months, and it starts in November, peaks in February and March and closes in May. So as the supply increases, we see prices for grapes easy. This week, select Menindee, Ralli, Flame seedless, and Midnight Beauty for $7-$12 a kilo, depending on the variety.
Salad and truss tomatoes retail at $6-$10 a kilo. Cherry and grape tomatoes at $3-$3.50 a punnet.
Tangy and refreshing achacha (a-cha-cha) is a tropical fruit becoming increasingly popular in Australia. Tangy, creamy, white flesh achacha are available only for a short time. Grown in the tropical climate of far North Queensland achacha are like mangosteen in taste and texture.
New-season plums are juicy and naturally sweet, and there are many varieties, each varying in colour, shape, and size. Oval shaped Sugarplums are extra sweet, small to medium-sized, with red to dark red skin and yellow-green flesh. Plum prices range from $4-$16 a kilo, depending on variety, quality, and size.
Pick up a large round-shaped, South Australian Reed avocados at $3-$3.50 each for a fleshy, rich cream avocado. Aussie grown Hass avocado is a top value at $1.50-$2 each.
For a sweet summer sensation, pick up a bag of new season lychees. They are easy to peel and are the best value at this time of the year.
Delicious and nutritious summer salads are vibrant and healthy. Use Iceberg lettuce cut into chunk wedges for chicken salad, shredded for burger fillings or use the large crisp leaves as cups to serve a spoonful of spicy meat filling like San Choy Bau or try our avocado, cherry, turkey and lettuce wraps. Iceberg lettuces are $3-$3.50 ahead.
Bean prices remain firm, so check out versatile and tasty snake beans if you are looking for value. Sold by the bunch, snake beans are about 30cm long and have a delicate flavour, and snake beans are a bargain at $3-$3.50 a bunch. Try our chilli, snake bean and pork stir-fry with eggs.
At its best from late summer to early autumn, locally grown sweetcorn is one of the star vegetables for quality and value in January. Greengrocers are selling sweetcorn this week for $1-$1.50 a cob. Barbecuing sweetcorn imparts a delicious smoky flavour.
Summertime is the best time to enjoy locally grown eggplants; there are many ways to enjoy eggplant, roasted, grilled, barbecued or baked. Eggplants are $4-$7 a kilo.
Asian leafy greens, such as bok choy, choy sum and gai lum are a bargain at $2-$2.50 a bunch. Serve these nutrition veggies steamed and tossed in oyster sauce or add them to a Chinese inspired stir-fry like this Bok choy and chicken chow mien.
Versatile carrots are delicious, used raw or cooked. At $1.50-$2.50 a kilo, they are top value. Whip up our super tasty, Moroccan inspired carrot, rocket and chickpea salad; this recipe is sure to become a favourite.
Kumara supplies have increased, and prices are available for $2-$4 a kilo, depending on size.
Green onions (also known as shallots) are ideal for adding a delicate onion flavour. Add thinly sliced green onions to salads or cut into 5cm lengths a toss into a stir fry. Green onions are $1-$1.50 a bunch.
What’s in season and available at your local florist – tuberose, lotus pods, celosia, dahlias, flowering gum, sunflowers, hydrangea, lisianthus, zinnia, pineapple lilies, bouvardia, zinnia, oriental lilies, or water lilies, amaranthus, lupins, and a super range of greenery. To obtain the maximum vase life, remember to trim the stems and refresh the water every 2 days.
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 2022-01-17 16:27:00Print Page