Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
18 to 24 May 2020


FruitOnce a symbol of love and commitment, quince are an ancient fruit that requires long slow cooking. Quinces can be stewed, baked, poached or transformed into ruby tinted jams, jellies and pastes. Quince teams deliciously with cinnamon, cloves, lemon, honey, garlic, mint, allspice and cumin. In the Middle East quinces are often used in sweet and savoury recipes. They are superb slowly simmered in a sugar and cinnamon syrup. Try out slow cooker orange spiced quince. Quince are available for $3-$5 a kilo.

Zesty, juicy lemons are so versatile. Whip up tangy lemon curd, a steamy lemon delicious pudding or marinate lamb steaks in lemon and oregano to make them extra special. Lemons are selling for $3-$5 a kilo.

Refreshingly juicy and a packed with tangy flavour Imperial mandarin are retailing at $3-$6 a kilo.

Queensland strawberries supplies are on the increase; punnets are $4-$8. Appearance and flavour vary slightly with variety. A fragrant, sweet strawberry aroma is a good indication of flavour intensity. Adding sliced strawberries to your porridge in the mornings will add vitamin C, folate and fibre to your diet.

Choose firm rhubarb with even-sized, ruby coloured stems and fresh-looking leaves. Remove and discard the leaves, only use the rhubarb stems. Microwave chopped rhubarb with a good sprinkling of caster sugar and cook until tender. Serve hot or cold with vanilla custard. Rhubarb is $4-$5 a bunch.

We are spoiled for choice when it comes to apples. Pink Lady $4-$6, Jazz and Kanzi are $5-$7 a kilo, Royal Gala, Delicious and Granny Smith are $3-$6 a kilo.

Kiwifruit is a fantastic source of vitamin C and also contains vitamin E as well as dietary fibre.

  • Green-fleshed kiwifruit is very popular and less sweet than the yellow-fleshed variety. Retailing at $4-$7 a kilo, depending on size
  • Gold/yellow-fleshed kiwifruit has very juicy, sweet, tender golden-yellow flesh. It’s slightly elongated in shape. A mere 40g of gold kiwifruit contains a days’ recommended intake of vitamin C! Retailing $10-$15 a kilo depending on size.

The Cavendish banana is Australians favourite banana with more than one billion eaten each year. Creamy eating bananas are $1.50-$3 a kilo this week. Whip up this banana, blueberry & chia loaf.

Pears elegant shape and distinctive texture make them the perfect choice for stylish winter desserts. $3-$5 a kilo. Use Beurru Bosc pears to make this easy roasted pears with honey and walnuts.


VegetablesIt’s the ideal time to embrace flavourful root vegetables. Parsnips, turnips, beetroot and swedes are all delicious roasted with a sprinkling of spices or fresh herbs or add them peeled and chopped to hearty autumn and winter casseroles or soups. Parsnips are $6-$10 a kilo. Bunched turnips are $3-$4. Beetroot bunches $3-$5 and Swedes are $3-$4 a kilo.

With its knobbly rugged exterior celeriac has been referred to as the ugly duckling of the root vegetables, however, once peeled its creamy white flesh can be thinly julienned, and tossed raw through mayonnaise to serve as a remoulade. It is also a tasty addition to a coleslaw. Celeriac is equally fabulous roasted or pureed into a creamy mash or soup. Celeriac is up to $6 a head, depending on size.

Victorian grown fennel is at its prime. The aniseed flavour is more robust when raw and becomes milder when cooked. Sautee, bake or add to casseroles and soups. Fennel is delicious married with milder cheeses and is a tasty addition to risotto. Expect to pay $1.50-$2 a bulb.

Delectably different from other nuts, chestnuts natural goodness is attained through cooking. Roast up a kilo and stock up your freezer so you can add that special wintery touch to meals year-round. Chestnuts are delicious pureed with mushrooms, cauliflower or pumpkin to make a tasty puree or add stock to create a nourish flavoursome soup or add a handful to a stir-fry. Chestnuts are $6-$15 a kilo.

For value you cannot go past wombok. This humble ova- shaped cabbage is a versatile, flavoursome and a thrifty buy at $2.50-$3 a head, depending on size. Toss sliced chicken in a hot wok with a little oil, garlic and green onions until almost cooked through. Add shredded cabbage and kecap manis and stir-fry until leaves just wilt, toss through fried noodles and serve.

Love them or loath them, there is no denying that Brussels sprouts are loaded with goodness and are great value at $4-$6 a kilo. Try these tasty combination Brussels sprouts with chorizo & crispy breadcrumbs or hind them from the fussy eaters in these Brussels sprout, chia & parmesan fritters.

Vibrant green coloured broccoli is a versatile and nutritious vegetable; add broccoli florets to a stir-fry, to chunky vegetable soups, add to a pasta bake or toss blanched florets in a salad. Broccoli is $3-$5 a kilo.

With the cooler weather now with us our thoughts turn to hearty casseroles, wholesome stews and filling soups, so what better ingredient for these dishes than golden fleshed pumpkin. Whole Jap, Butternut and Jarrahdale pumpkins are now selling for $1-$1.50 a kilo and cut pumpkins $1.50-$2.50 a kilo. Try our fragrant butternut pumpkin soup.

Cauliflower are bursting with goodness and flavour. Cauliflower enriches and nourishes a soup like this cauliflower, leek and bacon soup. Cauliflower is also delicious in a vegetable curry. Cold nights and a strong demand is keeping cauliflowers prices at $5-$6 a head. Many greengrocers also offer half a caulie. Highly nutritious and ultra-versatile leafy kale is delicious added to soups but have you tried adding it to creamy mashed potatoes? This warming Irish-style mashed potatoes sometimes called Colcannon is simply delicious! Kale is a bargain at $2-$3 a bunch.

Prized for their soft, oniony flavour and lovely aroma, leeks are used as a base for a stew or braise, as you would onions. Leeks are perfect for featuring in a vegetable pie or team with potato, pumpkin, carrot or celeriac to make a creamy soup. Leeks are $2.50-$3 for a large single stem.


FlowersWarm sunny days and cooler nights are favourable for seasonal flowers Sydney Flowers Market growers recommend the pink and white Casablanca lilies, stock, tulips, chrysanthemums (lots of choice in colour and flower shapes), iris, snapdragon, protea, ornamental kale, freesias, roses and both potted and cut hyacinths

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 0438 725 453.

Published On 2020-05-18 12:36:06

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