Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
14 - 20 SEP 2020


FRUIT

FruitIrresistible mangoes from the Northern Territory are sweet and tangy. Add sliced mango to a salad or feature them is the main course. This Mango, herb & chilli salad with crisp-skinned salmon is fresh, healthy and on the table in minutes. Kensington Pride mangoes are retailing for $2-$5 each, depending on size.

Queensland and Northern Territory seedless watermelon is flavoursome, extra juicy. Serve chilled wedges as a healthy snack or team diced watermelon with mint and fried haloumi cheese. Whole seedless watermelons are retailing for up around $2-$3 a kilo and wedges for $3-$4 a kilo.

Anthocyanins are a powerful antioxidant that can help reduce the risk of disease and the symptoms of ageing. Blueberries are a rich source of anthocyanins. Blueberry Supplies are plentiful making them a top buy at $2.50-$3 a punnet. Jumbo-sized berries retailing around $5-$6 a punnet.Try our magic blueberry custard slice; this creative cake separates into three layers creating a firm base, custardy centre and a light fluffy top layer.

Sweet, juicy tangelos and available only for a few more weeks. This vibrant citrus has 12 large segments, is easy to peel and perfect for juicing or enjoy as a snack. Depending on size tangelos are $3-$7 a kilo.

Spring pineapples are sweet eating. Enjoy them in a fruit salad; add them to a Thai style curry, a sweet and sour dish, kids love a classic ham and pineapple pizza or team with spring fruits for a vitamin-rich dessert salad. Queensland grown pineapples are $2-$6 each, depending on variety and size.

Papaya is a delightful tasting tropical fruit with a superior flavour to its yellow fleshed cousin. Pink papaya is available in three forms small and oval shaped, large and round or long and narrow. Papaya is a top buy at $3-$5 a kilo.

Bananas are naturally sweet and a storehouse of carbohydrates, vitamins and fibre. Team banana, mango and honey flavoured yoghurt together to make a healthy breakfast or dessert. Bananas are $ -$4 a kilo.

With Queensland strawberries season wrapping up, we now move to Western Australian strawberries. While both growing areas fruit is eating nicely, if you are looking for shelf life opt for those from WA fruit. Try our quick roast strawberries recipe.

The 2020 blood oranges season is coming to an end. So be sure to enjoy ultra-juicy and healthy blood oranges this week for $2-$6 a kilo, depending on size. Add segment to sweet or savour salads or for a quick dessert layer into a serving glass, blood oranges segments and their juice with halved strawberries and yoghurt or mascarpone. Alternative superb value of juicy navel oranges are available for the same price.

The premium eating Pink Lady apple has a green-yellow colour with a pink to red blush. Pink Lady has a sweet, crisp flavour. Crunch into an apple today or add them to a salad for only $3-$9 a kilo, depending on size and fullness of colour.

VEGETABLES

VegetablesFast to cook, loaded with flavour and incredibly versatile Australian asparagus is at its best quality and value in spring. Steamed, boiled, barbecued, stir-fried or microwaves spears are tendered and tasty. Pick up a few bunches this week as prices are $1.50-$2.50. Make a meal of this Asparagus, watercress & blood orange chicken salad.

Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin A and C. To retain maximum flavour and nutrition, cook broccoli lightly. Broccoli sprigs are delightful blanched and served with dips. Broccoli is $2-$4 a kilo.

Crisp, young and tender baby bok choy is a top buy at $1-$1.50 a bunch. Select bunches with crisp pale-cream stems and fresh-looking green leaves. For an easy family, dinner try this Bok choy & snow pea slaw with pork.

Pale, aromatic bulbs of fennel are delicious eating and fantastic value at $1-$2 a head. Fennel has virtually no fat, and few kilojoules so is a useful food for those trying to control weight.

Catch the lively flavours of spring with refreshing emerald-coloured Lebanese cucumbers. This vibrant vegetable adds a juicy crunch to salads and dips. It teams well with the fresh flavours of mint and dill, tomatoes, lemon, sour cream, feta and yoghurt. Lebanese cucumbers are $3-$5 a kilo. We are also recommending the petite sized Quakes at $3-$3.50 a punnet. This Apple, carrot & cucumber salad with chicken skewers makes an easy mid-week meal.

Celery is a good source of potassium that helps to control blood pressure and counteract the adverse effects of too much salt on the diet. Diced, sliced or cut into batons versatile celery is delicious eaten raw or cooked. Pick up a bunch this week for $1.50-$3 a bunch, depending on size.

Queensland grown Jap pumpkins are plentiful. Add diced roasted pumpkin, to a salad or serve warm in pasta dishes with fried sage leaves or in a salad. Jap pumpkin is $1-$1.50 a kilo whole, expect a little more if cut.

Versatile and mild tasting English spinach is a top buy this week at $1-$2 a bunch. Start your day with a café style breakfast – this Roasted mushrooms with wilted spinach & eggs is delicious.

Locally grown globe artichoke are in season and retailing at $1.50-$2.50 each. Artichokes have a subtle, sweet and somewhat nutty flavour. Select fresh deep green or purple artichokes with firm heads and tightly closed leaves.

If you are looking for a vegetable with a difference it is time to savour broad beans for $6-$10 a kilo. To prepare broad beans simply remove the pods from the shell, then boil or microwave until just tender. Broad beans have a delicate flavour, which is complemented by flavourings such as bacon, fresh herbs or garlic.

FLOWERS

FlowersSpring deliveries a superb range of fresh new blooms. Now is the time fill your favourite vase with the colour and fragrance of look for tuberoses, waratah, flannel flowers, ranunculus, blushing bride, sweet peas, lilac, oriental lilies, blue and yellow iris, stock, poppies, gerbera and daffodils. If you have high ceilings that checkout stunning flowering blossoms in shades of pink and white or the magnificent tall, red Gymea lilies.

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 or 9871 2520.


Published On 2020-09-21 15:10:00

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