Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
22 - 28 FEBRUARY 2021
Make the most of late summer’s sun-blessed peaches and nectarines. Most fruit is now clingstones varieties, which are very tasty and top value at $3-$7 a kilo. Apart from snacking on stonefruit, roasting peaches and nectarines amplifies their bright flavours. Try roasted peaches with pistachio crumble served with ice-cream.
Freshly harvested new-season apples are juicy, sweet, and crunchy. New-season apples from Batlow and Victoria include Fuji, Mi apples and Royal Gala $3-$8 a kilo.
The Mildura and Robinvale regions provide top eating grapes, and with exports down and there is an abundance of quality grapes to enjoy. Sultana grapes are small in size, naturally sweet, and yellowish-green colour. There are also quality eating Thompson, Crimson seedless and Black Muscatels, Cotton Candy and Sapphire grapes available at your local greengrocer. Depending on the variety grapes are ranging from $3-$16 a kilo.
With their sweet-tart flavour, plums are perfect for tossing through salads, pack into a lunchbox, poach, bake or stew.Primetime, Amber Jewel, Radiance & Dapple Dandy; tangy, juice and sweet mid-season plums are a great value at $3-$12 a kilo. Serve stewed plums with yoghurt or on your favourite breakfast cereal.
New-season Williams pears from Shepparton in Victoria are sweet, juicy, flavoursome and rich in fibre. Williams pears are $2-$4 a kilo, depending on the size. Enjoy pears in a salad, roasted,
Luscious fresh figs are abundant right now, and their natural sugars make them deliciously sweet. It’s time to make the most of figs for around 50¢-$2 each, depending on size. Adding figs to a salad makes eating healthy a joy. Try this fig, honeyed walnut and blue cheese salad.
Late summer tomatoes are richly flavoured.There is a good supply of plump, ripe salad tomatoes around this week from Victoria, Western Australia, Queensland, and from Sydney growers. Salad tomatoes, Truss Tomatoes, Roma tomatoes are $2-$6 a kilo, and Oxheart tomatoes are $8-$12 a kilo. Enjoy this tasty country-style tomato and fennel salad.
New-season Shephard avocados, a perfect choice for salad or sandwiches as they will not brown once cut. Expect to pay $2.50-$4 each, depending on size.
Passionfruit are $1-$1.50 each, depending on variety and size. If you’re up for a bit of baking therapy this week we highly recommend these home-made passionfruit cupcakes, they are so tasty and easy to make.
Checkout the Victorian strawberries and the blackberries this week, punnets are available for $2-$6 each, depending on quality.
Eggplants come in many shapes, sizes and colours and are appreciated the world over for their taste and versatility. Eggplants spongy flesh rapid absorbs flavours during cooking. Eggplant teams well with tomatoes, capsicum, garlic, lemon, basil, mint, cheese, lamb, tahini, and yoghurt. Eggplant, tomato and pine nut salad - This salad teams well with barbecued chicken, fish, or meat. Eggplants are $3-$6 a kilo.
Zucchini are popular in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cooking and flavored for their dense white flesh, versatility and mild flavour. Grated zucchini is perfect for adding to pasta sauces or sauté sliced zucchinis with crushed garlic until tender. Zucchinis are available this week at your local greengrocer for $3-$6 a kilo.
Pumpkins are plentiful and selling for $1-$2 a kilo depending on the variety for the uncut product. Select from Butternut, Jarrahdale, and Jap pumpkins. Cut pumpkin is $2-$3 a kilo. Add the sweet, nutty flavour of pumpkin to curries, pasta dishes or roast and toss through cooked couscous or a salad.
Brightly coloured red or green capsicums add colour to any meal. Roast, stir-fry, barbecue, grill or eat raw. Capsicum are an excellent source of vitamins A, B3, and C. Capsicums are a choice buy this week at $3-$6 a kilo.
Select small to medium-sized, firm white cauliflowers. At home, store in a plastic bag in the fridge and use within 4 days. Versatile cauliflower teams deliciously with flavour like cheese, lemon, ham, garlic, potatoes, mustard, breadcrumbs, and curry. This cauliflower, spinach and chickpea curry is the perfect blend. Serve this meatless meal on the side or make a meal of it. Cauliflowers are $2.50-$3 each.
Broccoli is a popular vegetable that needs minimal preparation. One of the most nutritious of all vegetables it provides, some iron, potassium, and a high content of vitamins, including vitamin C. Try this charred broccoli, spinach and pearl barley salad is a delicious meatless meal or lunchbox salad, chargrilling broccoli gives it a delightful smoky flavour. Broccoli is a bargain at $4-$5 a kilo.
Mushrooms are fast and easy to prepare and have a unique nutritional profile. Make your meals healthier by adding mushrooms. Mushrooms are $8-$12 kilo, depending on size and quality.
Crunchy Iceberg lettuce is a thrifty buy at $2-$3 ahead.
Crisp, tender, and naturally sweet snow peas are $6-$10 a kilo, and sugar snap are $7-$10 a kilo. The smaller pods are the most delicate eating. Toss peas into a healthy stir-fry.
Green bean prices have eased this week machine-harvested beans are $2.50-$5 a kilo and hand-picked beans are $6-$10 a kilo.
Late summer – early autumn is a fabulous time for a whole range of glorious flowers, including scabiosa, oriental lilies, chrysanthemums, water lily, white hypericum, bachelor buttons, coral celosia, amaranthus, alstroemeria, bouvardia, locally grown dahlias, tuberoses, tiger lily, hydrangea, sunflowers, pineapple lily, lisianthus, David Austin roses, lotus pods, flowering gum, Easter daisies, sedum,carnations, local roses, ginger flowers, heliconia 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 2021-02-22 12:31:00Print Page