Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
21 - 27 JUNE 2021


FRUIT

Fruit Winter is the best time to make the most of vitamin C rich citrus fruit. Mandarins, oranges, tangelos, lemons and grapefruit are all in good supply, and the quality is excellent. Tangelos are particularly good eating this week. Look for multi-buy specials on citrus to get extra good value.

Naturally, scrumptious pears are a choice buy. You can enjoy Corella, Packham and Beurre Bosc pears this week for $3-$8 a kilo, depending on variety and size. Try our mouth-watering apple and pear buttermilk; it is simple to prepare, and a comforting winter treat.

A beautiful-looking apple with flavour to match, the Pink Lady is the preferred eating apple of many Aussies for its sweet yet tart taste, juiciness and crisp texture. Pink Lady apples are plentiful this week and selling for $2-$6 a kilo, depending on size and quality

It's a bumper season for Aussie grown Hass avocados. Top your soups with diced avocado, they are naturally good for you and at $1-$3 each, avocados are a bargain.

Australia’s love of sweet, ultra-healthy, low kilojoule blueberries continues to grow. Adding blueberries to your winter meals will boost your diets fibre, vitamin C and antioxidants. Sprinkle blueberries into your breakfast or whip up a homemade banana, blueberry and chia loaf; it’s perfect for serving with a ‘cuppa’. New-season blueberries available at your local greengrocer for $4-$6 a punnet, although the jumbo-sized blueberries are $9-$10 a punnet.

Fragrant and sweet eating Queensland strawberry season has started, and from now until August, strawberries are just going to get better and better. Your local greengrocer has beautiful quality strawberries. Punnets vary in size from 250g to 500g, so strawberries will range in price from $4-$6 a punnet and up to $10 for plates. Rinse berries just before eating.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Go Mediterranean style with refreshing and tasty fennel at $1.50-$2.50 a head it is top value. Dine-in Italian style this week with this flavoursome fennel, tomato and Italian sausage spaghetti. Serve with a leafy green salad.

Glossy red capsicums from Queensland are plentiful again this week means they are a bargain at $3-$6 a kilo.

Cauliflowers flourish in the cool weather, and this week snow-white cauliflowers are $3-$5 ahead. Microwave, steam, stir-fry or boil, until just tender for the best flavour. Warm-up with a tasty creamy cauliflower and chestnut soup.

Brown onions have an intense pungent flavour and are ideal for boosting the flavour of winter soups, casseroles and delicious caramelised and added to a pizza topping. Onions are sold loose and in pre-packed bags. . Expect to pay $1.50-$3.50. Look for bulk buy specials to make more significant savings. Check out this soul-warming French onion soup with cheese toast recipe.

Brussels sprouts are close to the top of the class for all-round nutrition, supplying dietary fibre, potassium and a range of vitamins (A, C, E and four of the B complex vitamins), so at $4-$6 a kilo, they are good value. Cooked until a vivid green, never to olive green, try them teamed with spicy chorizo sausage and crispy breadcrumb; the extra spice and crunchy texture make brussels sprouts genuinely more delicious.

Asian leafy green vegetables are a popular choice. They are inexpensive, packed with vitamins and quick to cook. At $1.50-$2.50 a bunch, these mild flavoured vegetables are delicious steamed or tossed in the wok as part of a stir-fry. Pop a few bunches of bok choy, choy sum or gai lum in the trolley this week.

Fresh herbs add flair to winter fare. Sage, oregano, marjoram, parsley and lemon thyme - add them in combination or use on their own to enliven soups, casseroles and pasta sauces. Fresh herbs are $2.50-$3 a bunch.

Highly nutritious broccolini is a superb choice for winter. The crunchy stem and mini broccoli-lie top can all be eaten, so no wastage. Pick up a bunch or two on broccolini for $2-$3.

Jap and Jarrahdale pumpkins are $1-$2 a kilo, for uncut pumpkins. Toss steamed diced pumpkin with crumbled fetta cheese and baby spinach leaves together for a gourmet salad; or make a pot of creamy pumpkin soup.

FLOWERS

Flowers Winter florals are in good supply; it’s time to enjoy tulips, cymbidium orchids, Dutch iris, sweetpeas, stock, mini gerbera poppies, ornamental kale, roses, lavender, hyacinth, dancing lady, protea, carnations, delphinium, Oriental lilies, jonquils, daffodils. The potted cymbidium orchards and cyclamen are also a good buy.



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 2021-06-21 13:28:00

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