Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
19 - 25 JULY 2021

Greengrocers remain open as an essential service; many offer a click & collect service or online shopping, sometimes both options. There has never been a better time to eat fresh and support your local greengrocer.


Vegetables Roasting broccoli to achieve a slightly burnt crust elevates the flavour to a new level of deliciousness. This week broccoli is $4-$6 a kilo.

Do you love homemade soup? This super green veggie soup is vibrant, delicious and nutritious and can be on the table in less than an hour. Kale this week is $2-$3 a bunch and tasty leeks $1.50-$3 each.

Comfort food does not have to weigh you down. This fragrant cauliflower, spinach and chickpea curry is flavoursome, and makes an ideal winter meal, especially when cauliflowers are $3-$4 ahead this week.

Red and green capsicums from Queensland’s Bundaberg and Bowen districts are a thrifty buy at $3-$6 a kilo, depending on colour and quality.

Small-sized washed potatoes (also known as chat potatoes) are $2-$3 a kilo, or pick up a 5-kilo bag for $5-$6 a kilo. Delicious boiled and served with herb butter or sour cream, or we highly recommend pan-fried new potatoes with garlic, parsley and lemon as a side dish.

Fennel is a winter favourite; firm, crisp bulbs with a delicate aniseed flavour are delicious enjoyed raw or cooked. Team raw thinly sliced fennel with citrus segments or a medley colour baby tomatoes in a salad. If cooking fennel cut the bulb into wedges, braised or baked. Fennel is delicious tossed with pasta. Try our fennel, tomato and Italian sausage spaghetti. Large fennel bulbs are a bargain at $1.50-$2.50 each.

Brussels sprouts are a choice buy at $3-$6 a kilo. Select Brussels sprouts that are similar sized to ensure that all Brussels sprouts cook in the same amount of time.

Kumara has a sweet flavour and creamy texture when cooked. Rich in vitamin A and C, kumara makes a deliciously smooth and creamy soup; it is also tasty mashed and thinly sliced it makes superb chips. Kumara is selling for $2-$4 a kilo.

Add button, cup or flat mushrooms to soups, casseroles, pasta dishes, meatloaf or spaghetti Bolognaise. Mushrooms are $9-$12 a kilo.


Fruit The Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay region, north of Brisbane, accounts for 80 per cent of Queensland's strawberry supply in the winter months. Recent colder weather has slowed down the harvest rate, so Queensland strawberries are $4-$6 a punnet this week

Sweet eating pineapples are ranging from $2.50-$5 each, depending on variety and size. Choose firm fruit which feels heavy for its size. Pineapple does not ripen after harvesting. A pleasant aromatic fragrance indicates a good flavour. Versatile pineapples fresh tangy flavour work superbly in these teriyaki pineapple, capsicum and chicken skewers.

Smooth and creamy Queensland bananas are top value at $3-$4 a kilo. If your doing a little baking during the lockdown, can we suggest you make this moist and tasty byron bay banana, pineapple and macadamia cake?

Versatile lemons are $3-$5 a kilo. Add a drizzle of lemon juice to tomato-based casseroles and soups before serving to enhance flavour. Add a strip of lemon rind and lemon juice to sugar syrups when poaching apples, pears and quinces. For savoury dishes combine finely grated lemon rind with finely chopped flat-leaf parsley and crushed garlic in a gremolata to sprinkle over crumbed lamb cutlets or Osso Bucco.

Leave firm, unripe Hass avocados to ripen at room temperature. They’re ready to eat when they yield to gentle pressure at the stem end. Hass avocados are ridiculously good value at $1-$3 each, depending on the size.

Juicy, white-fleshed pears are loaded with flavour and a thrifty buy at $3-$7 a kilo, depending on the variety and size.

Have you tried Dolci Navel oranges? Discovered in Leeton NSW in 2009, the Dolci Navel variety is a hybrid cross of the Washington Navel. This citrus is packed with juicy sweetness and distinguishable by its unusual bronzy brown-green skin colour. Do not miss out on trying Dolci Navel oranges at $6 a kilo, they will only be available for a few more weeks.

Kon fruit, also sold as Sumo are large mandarins, resemble a large tangelo in shape, with a thick, wrinkly rind; this fruit is easy to peel, seedless and ultra-flavoursome and juicy. Expect to pay $7-$9 a kilo; enjoy now as the season is short. Alternatively, tangelos have a similar shape;, however, the skin of this citrus is thin and smooth. Tangelos are available at your local greengrocer for $4-$6 a kilo.

Tropical tasting passionfruits are fabulous buy this week at 80¢-$1.50 each, depending on variety and size.


Flowers The gift of flowers says so much. This week some of the best seasonal buys include stock, sweet peas, poppies, lavender, leucadendron, kale, Geraldton wax, flowering blossom, roses, tulips, forget me knots, daffodils, jonquils or purple iris.

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 2021-07-19 14:07:00

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