Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
2 to 8 December 2019


FRUIT

FruitSelect plump, golden-orange coloured apricots. Enjoy them as a healthy snack or try them baked, grilled, sautéed or stewed in the microwave. Apricots supply fibre, the antioxidants, iron, vitamin C and B group vitamins and are now selling for $3-$4 a kilo for small fruit and $5-$7 for large.

Luscious, fragrant and sweet Aussie mango season is in full spring. Queensland mangoes and Northern Territory fruit are both available. This is a great week to enjoy Kensington Pride, R2E2 and calypso varieties. Mangoes are retailing for $2-$4 each, depending on size and variety.

Greengrocers are filling with highly fragrant peaches and nectarines that are sure to delight your senses. Prices range from $6-$12 a kilo, depending on size, flesh colour and quality. Whip up this peach & passionfruit tart.

Flavoursome new season cherries are retailing for $8-$25 a kilo, depending on variety, size and quality.

Delicious sweet eating grapes are a fabulous snack fruit. Take grapes to the next level by roasting grapes and add them to a salad or serve with a soft-cheese. Try this with seedless pink, green or black-skinned grapes available this week for $10-$14 a kilo.

Fresh berries make the ultimate simple summer dessert. You will now find, boysenberries, raspberries and red currants at your local greengrocer, as well as North Coast blueberries and delicious Victorian strawberries. This easy make-ahead summer berry pudding is a fabulous Christmas dessert that you can be frozen, and defrosted when required.

Ultra-juicy and tropical tasting lychees are now in season. Grown in the tropical North lychee prices variety with variety and seed size. The bigger the seed the cheaper the price.

VEGETABLES

VegetablesMachine harvested green beans are $5-$6. Hand-picked green beans are $7-$10 a kilo.

Pick up a large bunch of green onions also sold as shallots for $2-$2.50 a bunch. Add sliced green onions to salads, scrambled eggs, pasta dishes or sandwich fillings for a delicate onion flavour.

A barbecue is not complete without mushrooms. Flats (large open mushrooms) have a rich intense flavour and meaty texture and sell for $10-$12 a kilo. Try barbecuing them with a dab of butter and crushed garlic.

Be sure to pick up a few bunches of fresh asparagus. Asparagus is delicious served with eggs for breakfast, add spears to a salad for lunch or serve steamed for dinner. Asparagus is $2.50-$3 a bunch, the thinner the spears the cheaper the price.

Versatile carrots are a thrifty buy at $1.50-$2.50 a kilo. Carrots add vibrancy, texture and colour to summer salads these are two of our favourites carrot, rocket & spiced chickpea salad and carrot, tomato & chicken quinoa salad.

Irresistible sweetcorn is a family favourite. Enjoy is on the cob with a dab of butter or remove kernels and add to salads or fritters. Try these crispy sweet corn, prawn & coriander fritters. Sweet is available at your local greengrocer for 60c-$1 a cob.

Grab a bunch of watercress this week for around $2-$2.50. Watercress is delicious stir-fried with garlic and fresh asparagus. Add springs to a roast beef and mustard sandwich or add to a salad with avocado and ripe truss tomatoes. Try watercress, asparagus & chicken salad.

Full-flavoured truss cherry tomatoes are a nice buy at $3-$4 for a 250g punnet or pick up a punnet of cherry tomatoes for $2.50-$3 or large Truss tomatoes $3-$5 a kilo and salad tomatoes $3-$5 a kilo.

Kumara or orange sweet potatoes are excellent value at $2-$4 a kilo. For maximum quality, use within 3-5 days for purchasing. Sweet potatoes are low GI and delicious baked, fried, boiled, steamed and can be instead of potato in most recipes.

Zucchinis are a bargain at $4-$5 a kilo. Choose plump zucchini with glossy, unblemished skin. They’re best used within a few days. Delicate zucchini flowers are a seasonal treat. Team them with crabmeat in a risotto or stuff the flowers with goat’s cheese, dip in a light crispy batter and fry until golden. Zucchini flowers are $4-$5 for a 250g punnet.

The distinct aroma and flavour of coriander is synonymous with Asian cookery. The leaves, stalk and roots of this herb can be used in curries, seafood and vegetable dishes. Coriander is $2-$2.50 a bunch.

FLOWERS

FlowersGive your home a festive feel by decorating with a few potted poinsettia plants or vases filled with Christmas bush, red celosia or Christmas bells. Large trumpet- shaped white November lilies or oriental lilies are long-lasting and affordable; other good buys include locally grown dahlia, lisianthus in white, soft pink or mauve are popular, peonies are still available, hydrangeas, sunflowers, roses, snapdragons and agapanthus are all in season.

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, Marketing Consultant on tel 0438 725 453.



Published On 2019-12-02 17:25:00

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