Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
2 - 8 AUGUST 2021


Take advantage of August’s freshest fruit and vegetables to create a range of tasty meals. Your local greengrocers remain open for business there has never been a better time to eat fresh and shop local.

FRUIT

Fruit Delicious Queensland strawberries, rinse and eat them straight from the punnet or add to your favourite home-baked goodies. Now is the time to cook with these rosy treats they are delicious in crumbles, cupcakes, muffins, pies and puddings. Strawberries are $3-$5 a punnet.

Arriving in greengrocers in July for a short season, blood oranges are prized for their ruby flesh and tangy raspberry-citrus flavour. Deep ruby red skin generally indicates a more intense coloured flesh. Now is the time to enjoy the best quality blood oranges available by the kilo and box at your local greengrocers. Expect to pay $3-$5 a kilo.

Cara Cara navel oranges are plentiful. These stunning oranges have deep rosy-orange juicy flesh. Naturally sweet, Cara Cara navels are low in acidity and have a refreshing yet tart citrus taste with a hint of cranberry. Available now for $3-$4 a kilo.

Rhubarb is delicious teamed with apples, strawberries, pears, almonds, cinnamon, butter, ice-cream, brown sugar Tangy and versatile ruby red rhubarb is a thrifty buy at $4-$5 a bunch.

Early season Kensington Pride mangoes freshly harvested from Darwin herald the arrival of mango season and bring a lush tropical taste to your table. Kensington Pride mangoes are retailing at $4-$6 each, depending on size.

Premium Hass avocados from Southern Queensland and Northern NSW are plentiful and selling for $1-$3 each.

Naturally sweet and juicy pears are ‘pear’fect for roasted, poached and baking. Add pears to bread and butter puddings or whip up pear, date and chocolate crumble. Select from Packham, Buerru Bosc and Corella varieties. Prices are ranging from $3-$7 a kilo depending on variety and size

Smooth and creamy Queensland bananas are top value at $2.50-$5 a kilo. Make a delicious smoothie by blending a peeled banana with 2 cups milk, a small tub of berry yoghurt and a few strawberries or bake a scrumptious apple, banana and carrot muffins.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables When it comes to fast and simple cooking you can’t go past new season asparagus. This delicious vegetable is retailing for $3-$4 a bunch. Top blanched asparagus with grilled bacon, a poached egg and ground black pepper

Kale is packed full of nutrients with just one cup providing about 100% of your daily requirements of vitamins A, C and K. Use kale in a similar way to English spinach. Kale is selling for $2-$3 a bunch.

Compact snow-white cauliflowers are a top buy at $3-$4 ahead. Perfect for cauliflower rice or roasting.

Vibrant coloured beetroot comes into its own in winter. Select bunches with small to medium-sized bulbs with crisp, green leaves. Roast or boil whole beets. Serve fresh young leaves or boiled, diced beetroot in swish winter salads. Beetroots are selling for $3-$4 a bunch.

A powerhouse of nutrients and vitamins, crisp red cabbage is packed with antioxidants. It is perfect for autumn slaws, salads, stir-fries and pickling. Red cabbage is available at your local greengrocer for $4-$5 for a whole cabbage and $3 a half. This super healthy avocado, pickled cabbage and prawn sushi salad is delicious.

Create nutritious and tasty winter dishes with versatile mushrooms. Add mushrooms to flavour-packed cottage pie or finely dice mushrooms into Bolognese sauce, chilli con carne or meatballs to enhance the nutritional value of these hearty winter meals. Mushrooms are $9-$12 a kilo.

Kumara/orange sweet potato has burnt orange skin and sweet, bright orange flesh. It is perfect for wedges and fries, roasting, mashing and soups. Add kumara to salads, soups, and puddings for $2-$4 a kilo. Red sweet potato has a reddish-purple skin with white or purple flesh. This smooth fleshed variety is delicious mashed with butter. In season now, try red sweet potato for $4-$5 a kilo. Sweet potatoes work wells with curry, maple syrup, cinnamon, cheese, pork and turkey.

Super-healthy, kohlrabi is from the same family as cabbage, broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts; it is crunchy like broccoli stems and has a mild turnip taste. Kohlrabi can be eaten raw or cooked. The leaves and stems are edible but must be very fresh and crisp. Trim then finely slice or shred the bulb using a V-slicer or sharp knife. Alternatively, cut kohlrabi into matchsticks. These kohlrabi and haloumi fritters with smoked salmon a delicious as a light meal. Kohlrabi is $3-$4 a bunch.

Small new potatoes (also known as cocktail potatoes) have a shiny cream skin colour and moist white flesh. Expect to pay $3-$5 a kilo. The larger, more mature new potatoes are $3-$4 a kilo. Perfect for making these Lemon, mint and feta potatoes.

Locally grown Asian leafy greens and bunched English spinach is a fabulous buy this week at $1.50-$2.50 a bunch. Enjoy the quality bok choy, choy sum or gai lum steamed or stir-fried. Toss spinach into a hot wok with crunched garlic and toss until just wilted.

FLOWERS

Flowers In season: Ranunculus, Freesia, Sweet peas, Pink Kings, Snapdragons, Sea Holly Kale, Buddleia, Queen Anne lace, Daphne, Hypericum, Bud magnolia Poppies, Stock, Lavender, Alstromeria, Poppies, Rose lily, Gum nuts. To create an eye-catching display, team flowers with interesting shaped or coloured foliage Popular foliage and fillers in season include Viburnum, Magnolia, Gum, Peppercorn Berry, Camelia, Pine, Ruscus, Emu Grass, Olive branches, Ivy berry, Nandina and Pierus bud foliage.




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 2021-08-02 12:36:00

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