Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
18 - 24 February 2019


FRUIT

FruitNew to your local greengrocer - dinosaur's egg melons. Officially they are a white rind honeydew melon with attractive variegated green strips. The white flesh is extremely sweet eating with a delicate melon aroma. This new melon is very delicious so definitely worth a try. Expect to pay $5-$6 a melon, depending on size.

Alternative the super sweet Piel de sapo melons (also known as Christmas melons) are in good value at $3-$6 a kilo. Wash melons before cutting to ensure no soil is on the rind.

Late summer is peak plums season. Delicious eaten as snack; plums are also a tasty addition to a salad. Plums are selling for $3-$10 a kilo, with the exception of the highly coloured and super high antioxidant rich Queen Garnet variety which are selling for $8-$20 a kilo, depending on size.

Luscious, sweet figs are sublime. Figs team equally as well with savoury foods such as nuts, meats and cheese, try them in a salad like this Fig, Honeyed Walnut & Blue Cheese Salad as they do with sweet ingredients such as citrus and chocolate. Enjoy quality figs for 50¢-$3 each.

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

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-$8 a kilo.

Tangy limes are plentiful and very affordable at $4-$7 a kilo or 30¢-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 at their prime. 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.

Originally from the Queensland rain forests finger limes, are tiny 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. Delicious with oysters try this Finger Lime & Ginger Dressing. Finger limes are around $1 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, Muscatels, Sultana, Thompson $4-$10 a kilo. The Cotton Candy are $5-$6 a punnet.

VEGETABLES

VegetablesVersatile 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.

Versatile snake beans are in season and tender. Steam or stir-fry to serve as a side dish or add to a stir-fry. Snake beans are $2.50-$3 a bunch.

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 50¢-80¢ a cob. There is a tasty mid-week meal Mango & Corn Salsa With Sticky Pork Tortillas.

Leafy 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-$3 for a generous bunch. Serve kale as a super nutritious and tasty side dish teamed with garlic, currants & pine nuts.

Fleshy, red capsicums are a thrifty buy at $3-$8 a kilo, for field grown capsicums.

Pumpkin has brilliant flavour, colour and texture. Rich in vitamins A & C this veggie shines when roasted and added to salads or served as a side dish. Try our Jap pumpkin with parmesan & seed crumble. This week Jap, Jarrahdale and Butternut pumpkins are a choice buy at $2-$3 a kilo for whole pumpkins.

Crunchy Iceberg lettuce is a top buy at $3-$4 a head. Core lettuce and cut in to 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.

Victorian and Sydney grown salad and Roma tomatoes are tasty buy at $3-$5 a kilo. Try our Tomato & Fresh Mozzarella Salad With Basil & Garlic Crumb.

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 $1.50-$2 each.

FLOWERS

FlowersLate summer flowers in plentiful supply are Siam tulips, gerberas, coral celosia, amaranthus, alstroemeria, bouvardia, dahlias, tuberoses, hydrangea, sunflowers, pineapple lilies, lisianthus, David Austin roses, lotus pods, flowering gum, oriental and tiger lilies, 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, Marketing Consultant on 02 9325 6200. Please credit source if republishing images or copy.



Published On 2019-02-18 13:15:00

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