Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
21 - 27 October 2019


FruitDelicious tasting blueberries are $2-$4 a punnet, depending on quality and berry size. Add to fruit salads, fold through butter cakes or muffin mixtures.

Looking for a low kilojoules snack, then you can’t go passed Aussie apples. Late season pink lady and fuji apples are a good choice, price a ranging from $3-$ a kilo, depending on variety and size.

Blood oranges season is close to finishing, so make the most of this tasty citrus while the fruit is selling for $4-$6 a kilo.

Tasty Queensland grown melons are excellent this week. Fragrant and tasty rockmelons from Bundaberg and Bowen are $1-$4 each, honeydews are $3-$5 and for something a little different what about vibrant yellow-fleshed champagne melon for $2-$3 a kilo.

If you haven’t done so this season now is the time to sink your teeth into a juicy, succulent North Territory mango. Select from Kensington Pride and R2E2 varieties. Mangoes are selling for around $2-$4 each depending on the size and variety.

Brimming with healthy goodness tropical-tasting papaya is a bargain this week at $2-$4 a kilo. A rich source of vitamin A and C, papaya is said to aid digestion, so it is an excellent dessert fruit.

Yellow and white-fleshed peaches and nectarines from the North Coast of NSW are now available.

Fragrant vivid red strawberries are heavenly eaten just on their own. Strawberries team well with cream or chocolate, and a delicious accompaniment to sponge cake or pavlova. Try sprinkling strawberries with caster sugar, and then drizzle with a little aged balsamic vinegar, a light grinding of black pepper and lashings of mascarpone cheese. Unusual, but so more-ish! Victorian strawberries are retailing at $2-$5 a punnet with the extra-large strawberries sold by the plate retailing at $6.

Highly coloured, firm and extra flavoursome Glasshouse grown Truss tomatoes are selling for $3-$5 a kilo. Bite-size cherry and roma tomatoes are $2-$3 a punnet.

The quality of the Aussie Hass avocados at the moment is superb. Creamy, flavoursome and firm fleshed greengrocers are selling Australian grown avocados for $1-$2 each, depending on the size.


VegetablesA fun way to let the kids in your neighbourhood know that you are willing to participate in a trick or treat on Friday the 31st October is to place a glowing jack lantern at your front door to gate. Halloween pumpkins are increasingly becoming a seasonal favourite, and both are available from your greengrocer.

Fresh asparagus for Victoria has an exquisite flavour and is highly prized for its versatility and fast cooking time. Use asparagus in risottos, blanch and add to salads or toss through pasta dishes. Asparagus is $1-$2 a bunch, these are 2009 prices. So, a real bargain.

Crisp, locally grown Lebanese cucumbers are plentiful and selling for $2-$4 kilo. Grate cucumbers and mix with yoghurt and crushed garlic for a quick and healthy dip or dressing.

Asian greens are top quality and value this week. For maximum flavour and freshness buy Asian greens regularly and cook them only until just tender. Asian greens are 80¢-$1 a bunch.

Be sure to snap up zucchinis at $2-$5 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 frittata.

Versatile mushrooms can be combined with just about anything to produce a tasty, ‘quick & easy’ meal. Firm mild buttons are excellent in pasta dishes and sauces, while full flavoured jumbo flats are scrumptious grilled or barbecued. Mushrooms are $7-$12 depending on size and quality.

Revitalise your system with a glass of refreshing, nutritious carrot juice. Add a little ginger for extra zing. Versatile carrots are a thrifty buy at $1-$1.50 a kilo. The prepared 1-kilo bags are a thrifty and convenient buy.

With its delicious aniseed flavour and crisp texture, fennel adds vibrancy to spring salads. It has virtually no fat and few kilojoules, and refreshing raw or cooked. Pop a bulb of fennel on your shopping list to enjoy with pink grapefruit and salmon for a delicious salad. Fennel is 50¢-$1.50 a bulb.

A cross between broccoli and choy Sum (Chinese broccoli), broccolini this vibrant green veggie is packed with beta carotene as well as vitamins C, A and E. There’s no wastage because both the stem and small florets are edible. Brush broccolini with crushed garlic and olive oil paste then char-grill or barbecue until lightly charred and serve. Broccolini is $2-$3 a bunch.

Ultra-healthy kale is packed full of nutrients, just one cup provides close to 100% of your daily requirements of vitamins A, C & K. Use kale in similar ways to English spinach. Kale is selling for $1-$2 a bunch.


FlowersYour local florist has the most spectacular range of spring blooms to share. This week we recommend, waratah, peiris, chincherinchee, delphinium, tree peonies, hellebores, lily of the valley and hydrangea, local roses, veronica, lilac, pine cushion, Queen Anne’s lace, beehive, sea holly, ranunculus, rose lily, freesia, sunflowers, boronia, billy button, paper daisy, kangaroo paw and olive branches., king protea, guelder rose (snowball), pink veronica.

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, Retailer Support Manager on mobile 0438 725 453.

Published On 2019-10-21 17:25:00

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