Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
21 - 27 DECEMBER 2020


FRUIT

Fruit Magnificent eating Victorian and Orange grown cherries are irresistible, and essential for Christmas celebrations. This Christmas treat the family to roasted cherries served with turkey or ham. Serve cherries on a Pavlova or trifle. When you finally get to rest, what about chocolate-dipped cherries with coffee. For maximum quality use within 2-3 day of purchasing. Your local greengrocer will have the best eating cherries at the right price.

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to summer berries. In season now are strawberries, blueberries blackberries raspberries, red and white currants.

Juicy, blushing apricots make a delectable healthy snack. Serve roasted or poached apricots with turkey and chicken or whip up a batch of spicy chutney to serve with cheese.Char-grill apricots and add to a leafy salad.

Luscious, flavour-packed mangoes are a summer favourite. There are plenty of mangoes available this week at your local greengrocer. Add mangoes to your festive desserts. Trifle is a Christmas classic and this mango, passionfruit and raspberry cream trifle is wickedly good. Make it the day before to need it and decorated just before serving.

Serve large, creamy fleshed Hass or Reed avocados in salads, with prawns or on toasted with Christmas ham. Nutritious avocado makes a meal more luxurious. This avocado, baby spinach and prawn salad makes a fabulous light meal or starter.

Add crunchy, naturally sweet grapes to a salad or cheese board. New season seedless grapes are crunchy and available in green, red and black skinned varieties.

Fresh limes add a refreshing tang and zesty citrus flavour to marinates, salad dressings, festive beverages, seafood and desserts. Lime curd is so easy to make and can be stored in the refrigerator ready to fill pastry tart cases or spoon lime curd over a summer Pavlova, serve topped with figs and blackberries.

Plump flavoursome, early new-season figs are now available at your local greengrocer.

Exotic and refreshingly sweet, fresh lychees are a summer treat. Store lychees, in a sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Queensland tomatoes prices firmed up a little this week, as the unfavourable growing conditions reduced supply. Buy tomatoes and ripen at home out of the refrigerator to ensure they reach maximum flavour. Looking for an impressive salad to wow your guests? Try this country-style tomato and fennel salad it is a great side dish to serve with chicken, pork or ham.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables There is no shortage of seasonal vegetables. Your local greengrocer will have a fabulous selection to make cooking and Christmas feast premium quality.

Tasty Queensland grown machine and premium handpicked beans are readily available and perfect to serve hot or cold. Toss cooked beans with a drizzle of olive oil, lemon rind and roasted garlic and serve hot.

Don’t forget the carrots for the reindeers, the roast or the salad. Carrots are a bargain at $1.50-$3 for a one kilo. Roasted carrots are deliciously sweet, sprinkle with fresh thyme when roasting for added flavour.

Fresh herbs boost the flavour and a low in kilojoules. Sprinkle fresh thyme sprigs across roasted carrots vegetables, add sage and parsley to your turkey stuffings. Team basil with tomatoes it’s a natural combination. This basil, spinach and olive pesto, ricotta and tomato bruschetta is fresh idea perfect for serving for lunch or as a starter. Fresh herbs are $2-$4 a bunch.

Perfect to roasting or a potato salad Desiree, Pontiac, Brushed, Kipfler and Dutch Cream potatoes are in season. Buying potatoes in a 2-kilo or 4-kilo bag is the thriftiest way to save. Who doesn’t love crunchy potatoes? But image crunchy potatoes with cheddar cheese crumbs, so delicious and easy, give them a try.

Asparagus is fast to cook and ultra-versatile, add to salads, serve with seafood or barbecue.

Sweetcorn is so versatile, delicious barbecued, microwaved or boiled. Cook and remove kernels from the cob, then add to salads or fritters. Try these mini sweetcorn pikelets with avocado and smoked salmon to serve Christmas drinks or as a starter.

FLOWERS

Flowers Decorate your home or Christmas table with fresh cut flowers. There is a superb selection of quality flowers available this week but get in early to avoid disappointment. Red and white flowers are popular, check out the Christmas Bush, Christmas Bells, holly, spruce, potted poinsettias, fresh holly, tiger and Oriental lilies, roses, gerberas, sunflowers, Queen Anne’s lace, Red gum flower, branch hypericum, amaranthus and interesting foliage to complement your display.



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 2020-12-21 11:20:00

Print Page