Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
23 to 29 March 2020

Australians have just gone through the worst drought and bush fire season in history and many growing regions are still recovering, some were even impacted by recent floods. Disruption to some growing cycles has created a short gap in supply for a few lines.

Panic buying is another pressure that adds to fluctuating prices.

Come on Australia remember the good old Aussie spirit we saw during the bushfire, lets stand side by side (1.5 meters apart of course), buy only what you need and prices will ease. For this reason, I am not including prices this week as prices are fluctuating daily.


FruitGenerally, all seasonal fruits are available.

New-season Royal Gala, Jonathon, Granny Smith, Delicious and Golden Delicious apples are all available. Fresh of the trees they are sweet and crunchy.

Put grapes on your shopping list as the range and quality are superb. With over a dozen different varieties to select from including seeded and seedless varieties, juicy grapes are at their best eating in autumn. Prices will vary depending on variety, size and colour.

With their sweet, tender and juicy flesh, pears are an autumn delight! To ripen pears, leave at room temperature for 3-5 days. Select from Williams, Packham and Corella pears. Serve pears poached, add wedges to salads or enjoy sliced pears with low-fat cheese. You will love them Pear & muesli muffins. Pear prices are the same for this time last year.

Smooth, creamy with a nutty-flavoured Shepard avocados are a top buy. A good source of vitamin B6, this vitamin has many functions and is especially important during exercise when it plays a role in changing amino acids into glucose to provide energy to the muscles.

Sweet persimmon also known as fuji fruit is a non-astringent persimmon the most popular variety being the Fuyu. Select smooth, glossy, bright-coloured orange fruit. Like an apple, sweet persimmon can be eaten firm and crisp, however, you can also leave at room temperature to soften. Prices vary, depending on size and quality.

There is still plenty of good eating stonefruits available. Peaches, nectarines and plums, some that were destined to be exported are now available at your local greengrocer and seasonal prices.

Banana prices have been up for a few weeks now, due to exceedingly hot days back on February that cooked the fruit on the trees. Supplies are bouncing back and prices are expected to easy and supply increases. TIP: Remember that overripe bananas can be frozen, then added to a smoothie or defrost and add to cakes, muffins and pancakes.

Vitamin C rich pomegranates are a beautiful, delicious and antioxidant-rich. Add colour and sweetness to an autumn salad with a generous sprinkle of pomegranates arils; they team delicious with oranges, rocket, feta, rice, lentils, beetroot, quinoa, rhubarb, pears and lamb. Serve pomegranates with panna cotta, yoghurt or spatter arils over a Pavlova. Depending on size pomegranates are $3-$5 each. Try this Pumpkin, pomegranate & chickpea tabouli salad.


VegetablesLively, leafy Asian greens add flavour, colour and crunch to stir-fries. Make the most of the quality selection on offer steam or add leaves to a stir-fry. Most are locally grown so stored in the refrigerator on a plastic bag will keep fresh for several days.

Kale is a super nutritious leafy green that is delicious and easy to prepare. Crisp and crunchy the leaves are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and iron. Toss trimmed leaves into stir-fries, soups, delicious roasted or sautéed kale is a thrifty buy.

Vibrant eggplant comes in many shapes and sizes, so versatile, this mild-tasting veggie is the perfect addition to a variety of cold and cold autumn dishes because it readily absorbs flavour and becomes very tender once cooked. Eggplant is delicious any way you try it barbecued, roasted, grilled or fried.

Red capsicum and salad tomatoes are a bit short supplied. This is a result of delayed planting, earlier in the year, due to extreme weather. Supplies will be more abundant in coming weeks.

Chestnut season has started and you would be nuts not to try them. Cooked chestnuts have a sweet, taste and a texture similar to roast sweet potato. Chestnuts are delicious eaten once boiled, baked, grilled or roasted.

Medium to large-sized zucchinis are so versatile and their mild flavour makes them perfect for grating and adding to risotto, rissoles, meatloaf, pasta dishes and tasty zucchini, parmesan and basil frittatas or use them in a delicious cake like our ‘zucchini and date cake’.

Fennel’s mild aniseed flavour is scrumptious teamed with tomatoes, oranges, lemon or yoghurt in salads, roasted fennel is a superb partner for lamb, chicken or seafood. Bulbs can be cooked whole, cut into wedges or finely shred for salads.

Broccolini is a versatile quick to cook vegetables similar to broccoli in flavour but this week a more thrifty option as broccoli prices are seasonally up at this time of year.


FlowersThere is a glorious selection of fresh-cut flowers available this week including, sunflowers, tulips, fragrant roses, dahlia, bird of paradise, gerbera, snapdragons, stock, Oriental lilies, daisy chrysanthemum, asters, protea, Easter daisies and celosia. Team flowers with interesting foliage to create a 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, Marketing Consultant on 02 9325 6200 or 0438725453.

Published On 2020-03-23 17:25:00

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