Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
19 - 25 OCT 2020


FruitAt $2-$4 a kilo, depending on size, bananas offer good value. Whip up a loaf of this wholesome banana bread.

Luscious Northern Territory Kensington Pride and R2E2 mangoes are available for $3-$5 each, depending on size.

The vivid purplish-blue colour of blueberries is an antioxidant known as anthocyanins, a naturally occurring plant chemical that makes blueberries so blue. Try our magic blueberry custard slice; this creative cake separates into three layers creating a firm base, custardy centre and a softy fluffy top. Blueberries are a top buy at $1.50-$4 a punnet.

White and yellow-fleshed Australian grown peaches are now available at your local greengrocer. Prices will ease as volumes increase.

Fragrant vivid red strawberries are heavenly eaten just on their own. Strawberries team well with cream or chocolate, and a delicious accompaniment to sponge cake or Pavlova. Strawberries are $1.50 to $7 depending on size, and growing area.

Locally grown ruby red rhubarb with is tangy fleshy stems perfect to team up with Victorian strawberries to create a batch of rhubarb and strawberry muffins. Rhubarb is $2-$4 a bunch.

Brimming with healthy goodness, tropical-tasting papaya from Far North Queensland is a $3-$6 a kilo. A fragrant aroma is a good indication of good flavour. Team with blueberries and start your day with these papaya breakfast bowls.

Lemons are finishing up, and passionfruit season is yet to start, that means supplies are down and prices up.


VegetablesFresh asparagus for Victoria has an exquisite flavour, is versatility and fast cooking time. Use asparagus in risottos, blanch and add to salads or toss through pasta dishes. Kids adore these asparagus & ham cheese munchies. Asparagus is $1.50-$3 a bunch.

Globe artichokes are a stunning vegetable with a unique, sweet and subtle flavour. Large globe artichokes with long fleshy stems are $1.50-$2.50 each while the smaller heads for pickling are $3-$4 a kilo. Boil trimmed globe artichokes until tender then, slice and combine with diced tomatoes, baby bocconcini, parsley, pepper and olive oil to serve with crusty bread.

Be sure to snap up classic zucchinis at $2-$5 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 them to a frittata. Alternatively, yellow zucchini have started their season and will be around for about 3 months.

With its delicious aniseed flavour and crisp texture, 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 char-grilled tomato, salmon & fennel salad Fennel is $1-$2 a bulb.

Versatile green beans are an Australian favourite. This stringless bean only requires the stems to be trimmed before cooking. They are best cooked rapidly to retain their delicious crunch and vibrant colour. Machine harvest beans are $3-$5 a kilo and hand-picked $8-$10 a kilo.

Radishes crisp texture and mild mustard flavour adds a delicious burst of flavour and texture to spring salads. Pick up a bunch for $2.50-$4, depending on the variety. Choose from classic round and red, elongated red and white radishes or greengrocers also have bunches of mixed coloured radishes. Try our lettuce, cucumber, radish & chicken salad.

Crisp and crunchy iceberg lettuce is good value at $1.50-$3 a head. Long and flat-leafed Cos or Baby Cos lettuce, is superb quality and has a sweet flavour. Expect to pay $1.50-$2 each.

Crisp, locally grown Lebanese cucumbers are plentiful and selling for $2-$4 kilo. Grate cucumbers and mix with yoghurt and crushed garlic for a quick and healthy dip or dressing.

Broad beans are plentiful and selling for $3-$5 a kilo. This Moroccan broad bean dip would be perfect for serving as a footy watching snack, this weekend.

Baby carrots also sold as Dutch carrots are sweet, juicy and a great buy at $2-$3 a bunch. This tandoori-roasted carrot & chickpea salad is a tasty way to enjoy spring carrots and, it only requires 30 minutes cooking time.

Delicate zucchini flowers with their bright-golden petals bloom are at their best in spring. The female flower has a tiny zucchini attached, whereas the male flower has a thin stem. The slightly nutty flavour is unique and a delicious treat to enjoy at $4-$6 for a 200 tray. These crispy zucchini flowers with lemon & mint filling are scrumptious.

If pumpkin carving is on your list of things to do for Halloween this 31st October, then the good news is that Halloween pumpkins are now available at your local greengrocer but be quick as they sell out fast.


FlowersNow is the time for local spring roses and ranunculus. Other popular choices include golden headed billy buttons, peonies, boronia, lilac, snowball, chincherinchee, blushing bride, red and white waratahs, honeycomb ginger, lilac , sweet peas, stock, snapdragons, Queen Anne’s lace, flannel flowers, daisies, tulips, stock, iris, lavender, kangaroo paw, tiger lilies, poppies, bird of paradise, gerbera and delphinium.

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, Retail Support Manager on tel 0438 725 453.

Published On 2020-10-20 09:12:00

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