Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
18 - 24 November 2019
One of the delights of late spring and summer is without a doubt Australian grown cherries. Adored for their luscious texture, sweet-tangy flavour, not to mention their glamorous glossy looks cherries can be firm or soft fleshed and vary in sweetness, depending on which variety. Early cherry varieties tend to be the softer eating and delicately flavoured. This week cherries are $8-$25 a kilo.
Bananas are an all-time favourite. Expect to pay $2.50-$4 a kilo this week. When banana's start to develop a brown freckled appearance on the dulling yellow skin, this indicates that they are at prime ripeness and all the starch content has changed to sugar, so they are at their sweetest.
Luscious tropical flavoured mangoes are a seasonal treat. Select from Kensington Pride, Calypso and R2E2. Allow firm mangoes to ripen at room temperature until flesh yields to gentle pressure around the stem. Mangoes are coming from Katherine and the Burdekin; fruit is excellent quality and selling for $2-$4 each. Your local greengrocer is sure to have a special on trays ranging from $20-$30 depending on variety and size.
Golden, velvety skinned apricots are in season and available at your local greengrocer for $5-$15 a kilo, depending on size and variety. Select plump apricots with a fragrant aroma and no sign of greening around the stem.
Melons flourish in the warmer weather. Rockmelon $2-$4 each, Honeydew and Piel de Sapo melons are $3-$4 each and seedless watermelon -$1-$2 a kilo. Simply serve and serve as a healthy snack. Try this Watermelon, Chicken & Marinated Feta Salad.
Check out berries this week. Victorian strawberries are $2-$4 a punnet, blueberries $3-$4 a punnet, blackberries $4-$6 a punnet and raspberries $4-$6 a punnet. This Fresh Berries In Maple & Orange Syrup is a delicious way to enjoy berries.
Fragrant and juicy peaches or nectarines are irresistible? Yellow and white flesh varieties from the North Coast of NSW, Peats Ridge (Hawkesbury area), South Australia and Victoria are now available. Prices are ranging from $4-$12 a kilo, depending on size and variety.
Cherry and grape tomatoes are plentiful and a thrifty purchase at $2-$2.50 a punnet. We highly recommended the medley or heirloom tomatoes. These punnets of mixed varieties varying in colours, shapes and flavours are superb eating and have great eye appeal when tossed in a salad. Expect to pay $6-$8 a punnet. Try this Roasted Cherry Tomatoes With Parmesan Crumbs.
Radishes are totally underrated; their crisp texture and mild mustard flavour add a delicious pop of flavour and texture to summer salads. Pick up a bunch for $2.50 -$4, depending on the variety. This recipe for Quick Pickled Radish, Cucumber & Smoked Salmon Salad is a delicious way to radishes year round.
Mild tasting green onions also known as shallots are a bargain this week at $1-$2 a bunch and don’t over spring onions the small bulb on onions sold by the bunch are a tasty addition to a salad at $3-$4 a bunch.
Glossy purple-black skinned eggplants have a tender texture and subtle flavour. Delicious sautéed, baked, grilled or barbecued, eggplants absorb flavours so work well with flavours like tomato, garlic and basil. Premium glasshouse grown eggplant are firm and tasty, expect to pay $6-$8 a kilo for field-grown eggplant $3-$4 a kilo.
Cos and Iceberg lettuce are a thrifty buy this week at $2-$3 ahead.
Fresh green beans are a thrifty buy this week. Machine harvested beans are $3-$4 a kilo. Premium handpicked beans are $7-$8 a kilo.
Antioxidant-rich kale is a tasty and thrifty buy at $1.50-$2 a bunch. This power-packed bowl is great for breakfast, brunch or a light weeknight dinner Green Veggie, Avocado & Egg Bowls.
Tender, juicy and full of flavour Lebanese cucumbers are a choice buy at $2-$3 a kilo. Combine diced cucumber with ripe tomatoes, olives, thinly sliced onion and feta cheese to make a traditional Greek salad.
Add button mushrooms to your shopping list at $9-$12 a kilo. Slice and add to a pasta dish or stir-fry. Alternatively, tread on to a bamboo skewer, marinate and barbecue.
Asian leafy greens – such as bok choy, choy sum and gai lum are quick to cook, versatile and super nutritious. Add them to your stir-fries for only $1-$2 a bunch.
Ruby red coloured beetroot is sweet, nutty favoured and great value at $2.50-$3 a bunch. Use beetroot raw in a salad, finely julienned, it is delicious, juiced and teamed with orange and ginger or roast until tender and toss with feta cheese or create a refreshing Beetroot Detox Breakfast Juice.
Versatile zucchinis are a choice buy at $3-$5 a kilo. Try slicing them in half lengthwise, score, then brush with a little olive oil and place on the barbecue or grill plate, cook turning once until tender. This Broccolini, Zucchini Noodle & Pork Stir-Fry only takes 15 minutes to cook and is packed with goodness.
For value, taste and ease of cooking fresh asparagus is a winner, its delicate nutty flavour can be enjoyed raw or cooked, hot or cold and Aussie spears team deliciously with veal, pasta, seafood, prosciutto, chicken and steak. This premium quality vegetable is top of my list at $1.50-$2.50 a bunch. Purple asparagus is also available for $3-$4 a bunch.
Versatile Jap pumpkin is a thrifty buy a $1-$2 a kilo. Roasting pumpkin concentrates the flavour and it’s a delicious addition to a salad. Try this ultra-tasty roast pumpkin, chickpea, rice & barley salad.
Crisp and vibrant, green sugar snap peas are a choice buy at $7-$10 a kilo. Cooked quickly they maintain their stunning colour and certainly liven up a stir-fry, salad or curry.
To maximise the vase life of fresh flowers, remember to trim the stem, place in tepid water with a floral preservative and position your vase away for your fruit bowl. Spring blooms that offer top value are delphinium, lisianthus, atickokes, peonies, sunflowers, fragrant mock orange, crab claws, billy button, mallacca balm, waratah, king protea, poppy pods, hydrangeas, beehive ginger, veronia, oriental lilies, Canterbury bells, David Austin roses, kangaroo paw, flannel flower, alstroemeria, iris, pincushions, gerbera and gladioli.
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, Retailer Support Manager on mobile 0438 725 453.
Published On 2019-11-18 17:25:00Print Page