Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
18 - 24 OCTOBER 2021


FRUIT

Fruit A bumper crop of North coast blueberries means we see plump, flavoursome and nutritious blueberries at prices ranging from $2-$6, depending on the punnet and blueberry size. If you’re entertaining, try this super delicious no-bake blueberry and sweet ricotta tart. No-bake! You have to love that.

Freshly harvested mangoes are currently coming from Darwin and Katherine. Choose from; tangy Kensington Pride, the larger sized R2E2 and now the sweet calypsos. Depending on variety and size, mangoes are retailing for $2.50-$6 each at your local greengrocer. Team up blueberries and mangoes in this healthy smoothie.

Aromatic and sweet eating rockmelons from Bowen and Western Australia are available for $3-$5 each, depending on the size.

Sweet eating and juicy red-fleshedgrapefruit are only $2-$4 a kilo. Use red grapefruit segments in a salsa; their salmon-red coloured flesh and tangy flavour are perfect teamed with avocado, green onions and chopped coriander.

Plump, fragrant strawberries from Victoria, Western Australia, and Queensland, are available for $2-$5 a punnet this week.

Apart from being an attractive addition to your fruit bowl, Queensland pineapples are a good buy at $3-$6 each, depending on size. Store in the refrigerator once cut.

Harvesting of new season North Coast peaches and nectarines is underway, and small volumes of early varieties are arriving in-store at your local greengrocer. Early season fruit should yield to gentle pressure and have a sweet aroma before eating. As we move closer to summer, nectarines and peaches supplies increase and the fruit gets larger and richer in flavour.

Creamy Hass avocados are a top buy at $1-$3 each, depending on size.

They may be small, but they pack a punch of flavour; Cherry and grape tomatoes are the best buy for taste and value this week at $1.50-$3 a punnet.

Tropical tasting papaya from the Mossman area of far north Queensland is $3-$6 a kilo. A fragrant aroma is a good indication of flavour.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Large, vibrant orange Halloween pumpkins are available for a short time. Carve out a scary jack-o'-lantern and light it up with a tea candle to create a little Halloween fun. Leave it at your front door or gate to let the children in your neighbourhood know that you are up for a little trick or treat. Halloween pumpkins are $4 a kilo.

Aussie asparagus is a top buy at $1-$2 a bunch; enjoy it in Asian or Mediterranean-style salads or simply stir-fried, steamed or barbecued. We teamed asparagus and grape tomatoes in this tasty asparagus, tomato and haloumi salad.

Stir-fries are brimming with fresh produce and make an ideal meal for busy people. Toss a medley of Asian leafy greens such as bok choy and choy sum with marinated beef or chicken. Locally grown Asian greens are $1.50-$2.50 a bunch.

As the weather warms up, we see more Lebanese cucumbers harvested. This week your local greengrocer will have crunchy Lebanese cucumbers for $2.50-$4 kilo. Lebanese cucumbers are firm, crunchy and thin-skinned. Add them to salads, whip up a dip or use them in rice paper vegetable rolls with mango and chicken; they are perfect for entertaining or taking on a picnic.

With its delicious aniseed flavour and crisp texture, the fennel adds vibrancy to spring salads. It has virtually no fat and few kilojoules and refreshing raw or cooked. Pop a bulb of fennel on your shopping list to enjoy with pink grapefruit and salmon for a delicious salad. Fennel is $1.50-$2.50 a bulb.

Ultra versatile zucchini is a thrifty buy at $3-$5 a kilo. Be sure to snap up zucchinis at $3-$4 a kilo. For something different, slice and marinate in soy sauce, and grill at your next barbecue. Zucchinis can also be added to a stir fry, grated and baked in a cake or added to a frittata.

Eggplant is a versatile Mediterranean vegetable that is easy to prepare. No need for salt; simply slice, brush with olive oil and grill until tender. Add cooked eggplant slices to pizza topping, sandwiches and antipasto or try this eggplant and roast capsicum salad. Eggplants are a thrifty buy at $3-$7 a kilo, depending on variety, origin and growing conditions

Vitamin D is essential for strong bones, muscles and overall health. Mushrooms are a source of vitamin D. Button, cups and flat mushrooms are $8-$12 a kilo. This Mushroom Meatballs In Cherry Tomato Sauce is a family favourite.

Leafy silverbeet and English spinach are super good buys this week. Silverbeet is $1.50-$3 a bunch and English spinach is $1.50-$2 a bunch. If the kids don’t like the eat their greens hide them from them and serve this Spinach and Zucchini Chocolate Cake.

Super crisp Cos lettuce is the classic lettuce of choice for a Caesar salad. With Cos Lettuce on $1.50-$3 each this week, we recommended serving a tasty and easy to prepare chicken Caesar salad.

FLOWERS

Flowers When it comes to fragrance, you can’t go past lilac, lilies, lily of the valley and stunning local roses -including the classic David Austin roses all in season now. Other seasonal top buys include ranunculus, cornflowers, chincherinchee, lisianthus, Queen Anne's lace, buddleia, lotus pods, snowballs, daisies, gerberas, delphinium, peonies and hydrangeas.




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 2021-10-18 13:12:00

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