Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
2 - 8 NOV 2020


FRUIT

FruitWestern Australian & Victorian strawberries are sweet and plentiful. Punnets are selling for $1.50-$4 a punnet. Slice and serve strawberries on your favourite breakfast cereal with yoghurt, toss into a fruit salad, make a healthy smoothie or use them for desserts like this super easy fresh mixed berry free-form tart.

A colder and wetter start to November is impacting on stonefruit supplies. As the weather warms up, we will see supplies of nectarine and peaches increase, and fruit will become larger and richer in flavour. This week you will find nectarines and peaches for $4-$16 a kilo, depending on variety and size. Stonefruit is coming from orchards in Queensland, NSW and now Victoria.

Queensland bananas are top value at $2-$4 a kilo. A good source of dietary fibre and also provides potassium. The body needs potassium to balance sodium (from salt) and maintain healthy blood pressure.

Luscious mango season is here! Select from Kensington Pride, Calypso and R2E2 varieties. Allow firm mangoes to ripen at room temperature until flesh yields to gentle pressure around the stem. Mangoes are $3-$6 a kilo. Mangoes are ideal for use in sweet and savoury dishes; this char-grilled mango, chilli & lime chicken is finger-licking good.

The first of the season’s apricots from Menindee has started to arrive at Sydney Markets. Depending on the size and variety your local greengrocer will have apricots for $12-$20 a kilo. Select plump apricots with a fragrant aroma and no sign of greening around the stem.

Cherries season is off to a shorter start this year as the weather is cooler and wetter. Fruit is coming from Hillston and Young. There are a few different sizes and varieties available expect to pay $15-$30 a kilo. When the weather warms up bigger supplies will arrive and prices will ease.

Plump, purple and flavoursome blueberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants. Blueberries are currently coming for North NSW, Coffs Harbour and Queensland and are selling for $2-$4 a punnet.

Pop a little zesty zing in your meals with tangy limes. Supplies have increased and prices have eased. Limes are $5-$10 a kilo or 30c-50c each. Limes are ideal for using in cheesecakes, meringue pies, puddings, sauce, salad dressings and Thai and Vietnamese dishes. To obtain the maximum amount of juice from a lime, warm the fruit in the microwave for 30 seconds or roll firmly on the kitchen bench then juice. Learn more

VEGETABLES

VegetablesMix the lively flavours of spring veggies with refreshing emerald-coloured Lebanese cucumbers. This refreshing vegetable adds a juicy crunch to salads and dips. Lebanese cumbers team deliciously with the fresh flavours of dill, tomatoes, lemon, sour cream, feta and yoghurt. Lebanese cucumbers are $2-$4 a kilo.

Beetroot is sweet, nutty favoured and great value at $1.50-$3 a bunch. For a tasty salad; toss cooked and peeled beetroot, with watercress, toasted walnuts and feta cheese in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Versatile and tasty fresh Australian asparagus is plentiful and the quality and priced at $1.50-$2.50 a bunch enjoy it boil, char-grill or steam asparagus to serve hot or cold. Whip up asparagus, tomato & haloumi salad.

Celery adds crunch and flavour to a great range of salads and stir-fries and its juicy flesh teams well with creamy dips. Choose crisp pale green celery with fresh-looking leaves. Pop a bunch to the trolley for $2-$3 each.

Be sure to snap up zucchinis at $3-$6 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 pasta like this zucchini, tomato & basil spaghetti with ricotta.

5 kilo bags of brushed, Desiree and washed potatoes from South Australian are a savvy by at $4-$6 a kilo.

Versatile and nutrition-rich mushrooms satisfy your appetite quicker and as a benefit can help you minimise your kilojoule intake. Add a few mushrooms to your meals and reap the health benefits. Mushrooms are $8-$12 a kilo. This mushroom, spinach & cheese omelette is perfect for breakfast, brunch or an easy dinner.

Australian grown garlic is in season from October to December. Well recognised for its health benefits and fabulous flavour garlic is available for $17-$25 a kilo for local garlic. Imported Argentinian garlic is $12-$14.

Cos lettuce has a lovely crunchy stem that add great texture to this salad. Large Cos lettuce are $1-$3 each and, baby Cos are sold loose or in packs of two are $2-$3 each. Toss together a tasty lemon chicken Caesar salad with a Cos lettuce or the baby Cos lettuce.

Green onions (sometimes sold as shallots) are ideal for adding a delicate onion flavour. Add thinly sliced green onions to salads or cut into 5cm lengths a toss into a stir fry. Green onions are $1.50-$3 a bunch.

Fast to cook and ever so versatile snow peas are a choice buy at $-$ a kilo. Trim snow peas and remove the strings from the sides. Heat a wok over high heat. Add 1 tbs peanut oil, 1 chopped green onion (shallot) and 2 cloves chopped garlic. Snow peas are $7-$10 a kilo.

FLOWERS

FlowersSpring is a magnificent time of the year for freshcut flowers and growers at the Sydney Flower Markets are providing an outstanding range and quality. Seasonal best buys include peonies, hydrangea, sunflowers, gerberas, delphiniums, flannel flowers, chrysanthemums, carnations, fragrant lilies, lisianthus, lilac, lily of the valley, spray roses, daisies, water lilies and lotus pods.

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 2020-11-02 19:06:00

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