Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
21 - 27 FEBRUARY 2022


FRUIT

Fruit At $3-$5 a kilo, Williams's pears are the fantastic value. Remember, pears continue to ripen after harvesting. Select firm, mature pears and ripen at room temperature.

Tender, sweet and luscious figs are in season, with quality fruit coming from Wellington, Adelong and Mangrove Mountain. There are four varieties available, Black Genoa, Brown Turkey, White Genoa and White Adriatic; each variety varies in skin and flesh colour and flavour intensity. Figs are delicious teamed with honey, ricotta, goats or blue cheese, prosciutto, raspberries, cream, brown sugar or almonds. Figs prices are around 60¢-$3 each.

Royal Gala apples are deliciously sweet and crunchy. Fresh apples are coming straight from the orchards and retailing now for $3-$6 a kilo.

Refreshing and tangy limes are plentiful and sell for around 60¢-$1 each depending on their size. Store limes in the refrigerator to hold quality. Add a squeeze of lime juice to fish dishes, papaya, over spicy noodle dishes to veal. Whip up a lime syrup coconut cake.

Have you spotted kiwi berry at your local greengrocer? Sold in 125g punnets, Kiwiberries look like a hairless mini kiwifruit. Round to elongated in shape with a smooth, green, tender, edible skin, fruit is bit size with a vibrant green flesh that contains tiny seeds. They are surprisingly sweet and provide a healthy dose of vitamin C. Imported from New Zealand, kiwi berries are only available for 4-6weeks, and Punnets are retailing for around $5-$6 a punnet.

Have you tried fresh pistachio nuts? There are good supplies of fresh pistachio nuts from Alstonville and Mildura now in season. Moist and chewy fresh pistachio nuts make a healthy snack, and they can also be baked or used in baked goodies such as biscotti or pistachio nut bread. Fresh pistachios are $20-$30 a kilo.

We are spoiled for choice when it comes to grape varieties and fruit is ranging in colour from green, yellow, red or black. Grapes are available from your local greengrocer for $3-$20 a kilo, depending on the variety. While traditional favourites like Crimson and Thompson Seedless are $5-$10 a kilo, new varieties like Sweet Celebration, Autumn Crisp and Sapphire are retailing at $12-$20 a kilo, depending on the variety.

Tangy, flavoursome plums are at their peak supply-both yellow flesh and red-fleshed varieties perfect for stewing or poaching. Expect to pay $4-$10 a kilo for plums varieties, including October Sun, Tegan Blue, Sugarplums, Angelo; however, the new Queen Garnet are $15-$20 a kilo. Whip up a spicy Asian-style plum sauce. This sauce teams very well with grilled chicken, fish or lamb. For an extra spicy sauce, add an extra chilli.

New-season Aussie grown pomegranates are in season. Add a rich source of antioxidants and a jewel-like glamour to your next salad by sprinkling ruby coloured arils to your next salad. Pomegranates are $5-$8 each or $9-$20 a kilo.

Glasshouse grown quality Truss tomatoes are a good buy at $4-$6 a kilo.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Golden cobs of freshly harvested sweetcorn are naturally sweet. Sold loose and in trays, sweetcorn is a top buy this week at $2-$3 a tray or 60¢-$1 each.

Purchasing carrots in a kilo bag is thrifty at $1.50-$3 and convenient. Loose of the stack carrots are generally larger and $2.50-$3 a kilo.

Brown onions from South Australia are a top buy at $2-$4 a kilo. Caramelised onion is delicious, added to a pizza topping, served with sausages, used in a frittata or whip up a pot of French onion soup.

Pumpkins are plentiful and sell for $1-$3 a kilo, depending on if they are whole or cut. Add the sweet, nutty pumpkin flavour to your curries, pasta dish or roast and toss through cooked couscous for a delicious salad.

Kumara (orange sweet potato) is delicious mashed, baked, microwaved or steamed. Large-sized kumara is $3-$4 a kilo, and the smaller tubers are $2-$3 a kilo. Roast chopped kumara and red onions wedges in olive oil flavoured with cumin and coriander for about 30 minutes or until tender. Serve with roast lamb or beef.

Eggplants are $4-$10 a kilo. Fresh, young eggplants do not require salting unless you intend deep-frying. Cut eggplant into 1 cm slices, brush with olive oil and grill until soft and golden, then make a delectable vegetable lasagne or add to a pizza topping; they are also ideal for adding to salads like this tasty eggplant, tomato and pinenut salad.

Asian leafy greens like bok choy, choy sum, gai lum and on choy/ Kang Kong (water spinach) are terrific value at $2-$2.50 a bunch. Make a stir-fry healthier and boost the texture and colour.

Machine harvested green beans are a thrifty buy this week at $3-$5 a kilo. We haven’t seen prices like this for a while, so make the most of fresh beans this week. Beans team well with toasted almonds, fresh herbs, bacon, prosciutto, onions, onion, garlic, potatoes, tomato, lemon, feta cheese, pine nuts or olive oil.

FLOWERS

Flowers There is a tremendous array of quality blooms available at this time of year, including water lilies and lotus pods, banksia, cosmos, dahlia, flowering gum, paniculate hydrangea, bachelor buttons, carnations, pineapple lilies, oriental and tiger lilies, lisianthus and exotic, tropical flowers like ginger flowers and crab claws.




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 2022-02-21 13:24:56

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