Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
22 to 28 June 2020


FruitFragrant and flavoursome rockmelons from the Bowen region are a thrifty buy this week. Depending on size rockmelons are retailing at $3-$4 each.

Naturally delicious pears are a choice buy. You can enjoy Josephine, Packham and Beurre Bosc pears this week for $2-$4 a kilo, depending on variety and size. 

Smooth and creamy fleshed Hass avocados are the perfect accompaniment to a spicy potato wedges or chilli con carne.  Avocados are $2-$4 each, depending on size.

Winter is the peak time for citrus, especially Navel oranges or for something different try the attractive Cara Cara navel. These seedless, sweet red-fleshed navels originated in South America and are available June to August. Cara Cara navels and traditional Navel oranges are selling for $2-$4 a kilo. 

At $4-$5 per bunch rhubarb is simply perfect for making hot fruit desserts. The ruby-red stem, when cooked turns a shade of pink. Because rhubarb is so tart, it is always eaten cooked and sweetened.

Tangy, easy to peel mandarins are packed with vitamin C. Currently in season you have Imperial, Nova, Afourer, Daisy and Murcott. Each variety has a slightly different flavour profile and looks a little different, but one this is for sure – they bursting with juicy goodness. Expect to pay $2-$5 a kilo depending on variety.

Winter pineapples can be a little more green tints to their skin colouring, this is due to the fact that the hours of sunshine they are exposed to in winter is shorter. However, each pineapple is picked when it reaches a specific sugar level, so you can be sure that they are tangy yet sweet too. Pineapples depending on variety are ranging in price from $2-$5 each.

Queensland strawberries season is in full swing. Add strawberries to your winter baking; they team deliciously with apples, rhubarb, pears and chocolate. Strawberries depending on quality and variety will be $2-$5 a punnet, this week.

Winter is the peak time for Aussie apples. Have you crunched into a Yello apple yet? We love their dense, crisp texture and sweet flavour. They are also ideal for baking with, try them in this apple strudel or apple and golden syrup pudding. Yello apples are available from your local greengrocer for $10-$12 a kilo.


VegetablesCauliflowers flourish in the cool-weather and this week snow white cauliflowers are $2.50-$4 a head. Microwave, steam, stir-fry or boil, until just tender for the best flavour. Warm-up with a tasty cauliflower and bacon soup. 

Brussels sprouts are close to the top of the class for allround nutrition, supplying dietary fibre, potassium and a range of vitamins (A, C, E and four of the B complex vitamins) so at $4-$7 a , they are good value. Cooked these balls of goodness and maintain their vibrate green. Cut Brussels sprouts in half, drizzle with olive oil and roast in the oven, they become sweet and nutty and taken on a whole new flavour you will be surprised by how many you can eat, when cooked this way.

Fennel at $1.50-$2 a head is top value. Try pan-frying slices of fennel in oil and garlic until tender, cooking fennel makes it sweet eating. Toss through cooked spaghetti with chopped fennel leaves and toasted pine nuts with grape tomatoes.

Nothing beats a bowl of creamy, mashed sweet potato to satisfy a hungry tummy, serve topped with yoghurt and garlic chives .Serve with roast lamb or beef. Orange sweet potato or kumara is $2-$4 a kilo.

Like other orange-fleshed vegetables, Jap pumpkin is a good source of beta carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. It also provides potassium, which the body puts to good use in combating the harmful effects that excess sodium (from salt) can have on blood pressure. Jap pumpkins are a good all-rounder that can be baked, boiled or steamed. Prices will range from $1-$2.50 a kilo, depending on if purchased as a whole pumpkin or a wedge.

Loaded with antioxidants and B group vitamin fresh agricius mushrooms (buttons, cups, flats and your Swiss brown and Portabella are perfect to add to soups, casseroles, pasta dishes, meat loaf or spaghetti bolognaise.  Mushrooms are $8-$12 a kilo, look specials. Whip up our tasty mushroom and lamb burger.

Versatile carrots are a staple veggie in winter adding colour, earthy sweetness and texture to hearty warming meals. 

Three of our winter recipes that hero carrots are Carrot and ginger soupCarrot, kumara & cauliflower rojan josh curry and Easy carrot and almond cake. Carrots are ranging in price from $1 to $3 a kilo. One kilo prepacked bags offer the best value.

Leafy English spinach is quick and easy to cook and ideal for adding to soups, risottos, stir-fries or enjoy baby spinach leaves tossed through a salad. Whip up a tasty spinach, mushroom and cheese omelette or a creamy spinach, lentil and yoghurt soup they are tasty, quick to make and good for you. Expect to pay $1.50-$3 a bunch.

Economical and healthy savoy cabbage has attractive crinkly green leafs and is a winter favourite. Use raw in coleslaw to serve with pull pork, pan fry or added shredded to vegetable soups. Savoy cabbage are $2-$4 each, depending on size.

Revered Adored for their soft, oniony flavour and fragrant aroma, leeks are used as a base for a stew or braise, as you would onions. Leeks are perfect for featuring in a vegetable pie or team with potato, pumpkin, carrot or celeriac to make a creamy soup. Leeks are $2-$3 for a large single stem.

Crunch and versatile celery is a kitchen staple, perfect for soups, casseroles, salads, stir-fries and rice dishes. A bunch will be around $2-$4. 


FlowersThere is a wonderful selection of winter blooms available this week, check out the dazzling colour range of the tulips, lilies, stock, ranunculus, freesia, poppies, leucadendron, roses, forget me knots, sweetpea, jonquils, wattle, cymbidium orchids, ornamental kale or purple iris and imported peonies. Mix flowers with colourful and interestingly shaped foliage to create a stunning display. 

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 2020-06-23 10:52:00

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