Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
22 - 28 NOVEMBER 2021


We may live in a sunburnt country, but it’s been a slow start to this year’s warmer weather. Recent rain, lack of sunshine, and a labour shortage are now impacting some fruit and vegetable supplies, in turn, impacting prices.

FRUIT

Fruit Bananas are the standout this week at $1-$3 a kilo. For busy people, bananas are a convenient, healthy snack, providing loads of energy. The carbohydrates in bananas take longer to digest, giving a feeling of fullness. Here is a fun fact – Australians munch their way through 5,000,000 bananas every day.

Queensland grown rockmelons and honeydew are available this week for $3-$6 each, depending on size.

Versatile limes have a rich tangy flavour, are less acidic than lemons and provide a generous boost of vitamin C. As supplies increase, lime prices are easing. Sold by the kilo or individually limes are $6-$10 a kilo or around 50¢-$1 each, depending on size. To obtain the maximum juice from a lime, warm the fruit in the microwave for 30 seconds or roll firmly on the kitchen bench, then squeeze. Here is a fresh idea lime-marinated fish with cucumber and avocado salad.

Australian grown Hass avocados are flavoursome, good quality and only $1.50-$3 each, depending on size. Avocados contain ‘good’ unsaturated fat and are the richest source of vitamin E of all fruits and vegetables.

Mango harvesting in the Northern Queensland regions of Mareeba and Dimbulah is starting to ramp up. Mango supplies peak in December, ensuring lots of delicious eating mangoes for Christmas. This week Kensington pride, R2E2 and calypso mangoes are available from your local greengrocer for $2-$5 each. This mango and corn salsa, sticky pork, lettuce and sour cream combination is delightful wrapped in the tortillas; give it a try mango and corn salsa with sticky pork tortillas.

Peaches and nectarines from South Australia and Victoria are sweet eating. Yellow fleshed fruit is the cheaper option due to larger volumes this week. Expect to pay $4-$16 a kilo for peaches and nectarines depending on size, variety and growing region.

Golden-fleshed South Australian and Victorian apricots are $5-$15 a kilo; a wide price range reflects the quality and varieties on offer this week.

Throughout the cherry growing areas of NSW, VIC and SA, it has been a slow start to the harvest. Cherry quality and prices may vary until orchards dry out and warm up. Cherry prices are range from $15-$50 a kilo. I recommend buying small quantities a few times a week, rather than buying in volume.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Queensland is Australia’s biggest sweet potato producer with, over 90% grown around Bundaberg. With its attractive orange flesh and rich, creamy texture, kumara is delicious roasted, boiled, microwaved or steamed. This kumara, spinach and bacon hash with eggs and feta dish is delicious for supper or brunch. Low GI kumara (sweet potato) is a fabulous buy at $2-$4 a kilo.

Add quality Truss tomatoes to your shopping list this week, as they are $4-$6 a kilo. For maximum flavour ripen tomatoes to a rich red colour by storing them at room temperature. Cherry and grape tomatoes are tasty and offer good value at $2.50- $3 a punnet.

Carrots are a thrifty buy $1.50-$3 a kilo. Enjoy them raw julienned and sprinkled into a salad or intensify their sweetness by roasting halved carrots with a sprinkling of harissa, then toss with currants, coriander and crumbled feta for a super tasty side salad.

Celery retails at $3-$4 a bunch, select firm, pale green celery with crisp stalks and fresh-looking leafy tops. Toss finely sliced celery with sliced green onions, chopped boiled new potatoes, capers and reduced-fat mayonnaise in a salad.

Packed with nourishment and a rich umami flavour versatile button, cup and flat mushrooms are a must-have on most Aussies shopping list. Enjoyed mushrooms for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you love a juicy burger then these mushroom and lamb burgers are ultra-tasty. Depending on size mushrooms are $8-$12 a kilo.

Vibrant, sweet beetroots are a choice buy this week at $3-$3.50 a bunch. Tip: When preparing beets, do not peel or damage skin, and leave at least 2-3cm stalks attached to the beet to prevent losing its rich red colour during cooking. However, these rules do not apply when juicing – this cleaning beetroot, green apple, ginger and mint juice is hydrating and packed with goodness, perfect for adding a cleansing detox menu.

Fennel adds vibrancy to salads with its delicious aniseed flavour and crisp texture; it has virtually no fat and few kilojoules and refreshing raw or cooked. Fennel $1.50 -$2 each.

Machine harvested green beans are $4-$6 a kilo this week. Whip up this fast and fresh green bean, spinach and beef salad; it can be on the table in less than 30 minutes from start to finish.

Asparagus is still available although it has moved past its peak supply period so prices are moving upwards to $2-$3 bunch, depending on quality and spear size.

Tender, juicy, and refreshing Lebanese cucumbers are a top buy at $4-$5 a kilo. Combine diced cucumber with ripe grape tomatoes, olives, thinly sliced onion and feta cheese to make a quick and easy Greek salad.

FLOWERS

Flowers There is a fabulous selection of fresh flowers available at your local florist this week. It’s a good time for peonies, hydrangea, tea tree, lisianthus, Sydney dahlias, smoke bush, kangaroo paw, pinwheels, cornflowers, veronica, chincherinchee, king protea, delphinium, boronia, Geraldton wax, oriental lilies, Canterbury bells, flannel flower, alstroemeria, iris, pincushions, gerbera and gladioli.




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 2021-11-22 14:52:59

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