Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
23 - 29 September 2019


VEGETABLES

VegetablesCrisp young and tender baby bok choy is a top buy at $1.50-$2 a bunch. Select bunches with crisp pale-cream stems and fresh-looking green leaves. For an easy family dinner steam bok choy or toss into a hot wok and cook until just tender.

Choose firm, green broad beans with full but not over-bulging pods. Smaller younger pods yield more tender beans. As a guide, 1 kg of broad beans yields about 1 cup (250g) shelled beans. Flavoursome and nutritious broad beans are good value at $4-$6 a kilo. Add them to salads, risottos or whip an appetizing Broad bean & spinach dip. English spinach is a bargain this week.

Keep springtime dining light and easy with crisp sugar snap and snow peas. Choose bright peas that are firm and plump, but not bulging. Grab a headful of both varieties of pea, steam and toss peas with chopped fresh mint, crumbled low-fat ricotta cheese and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Sugar snap and snow peas are good value at $7-$10 a kilo.

A unique and delicious-tasting vegetable, the globe artichoke has always been regarded as a delicacy. Artichokes have a subtle, sweet and somewhat nutty flavour. Select fresh deep green or purple artichokes with firm heads and tightly closed leaves. Artichokes should feel heavy for their size. Artichokes are $1-$2 a head or pick up a kilo of small stemless artichoke heads for $4-$6 a kilo.

Keep a bag of mushrooms on hand for easy and healthy meals at any time. Stir-fry with noodles, sauté with seafood, add to pasta dishes, or whip a scrumptious mushroom omelette. Mushrooms are choice buy at $10-$12 a kilo.

Fast to cook, loaded with flavour and extremely versatile Australian asparagus is at its best quality and value in spring. Steamed, boiled, barbecues, stir-fried or microwaves spears are tendered and tasty. Pick up a few bunches this week as prices are $1.50-$2.50.

Field grown Australian grown red capsicums are selling for $4-$8 a kilo. Expect to pay more for imported glasshouse grown capsicums.

Add a Caesar salad to the menu this week as crisp Cos lettuce is thrifty buy a $2.50-$3.00 a head. Keep an eye for the new purple-leafed baby Cos lettuce. Sold in a packet of two, they are an attractive buy at about $3.

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

FRUIT

FruitIrresistible mangoes from the Northern Territory are sweet and tangy. Add sliced mango to a salad or team with strawberries and passionfruit for a quick dessert, we enjoy a warm mango and passionfruit muffin. Kensington Pride mangoes are retailing for $3-$5 each, depending on size.

The juicy, deep burgundy to orange coloured flesh of blood oranges is sweet, fragrant and has a refreshing flavour. Team blood orange segments with thin shavings of fennel and toss with a drizzle of olive oil. Blood oranges are selling for $3-$5 a kilo.

Juicy Packham pears are good quality and a thrifty buy at $2.50-$4 a kilo.

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 to $3 a kilo.

If you grew up with a mulberry tree in your garden or neighbourhood than no doubt you will be delighted to know that mulberry season has started. Soft, juicy berries from Queensland are available for $3-$4 for a 250g punnet. Mix berries with a little sugar and cornflour, then bake in a pastry case.

Strawberries prices are ranging from $2-$3 a punnet. Supplies are now coming from Western Australia and Queensland. While both growing areas fruit is eating nicely, if you are looking for shelf life opt for those from W.A.

FLOWERS

FlowersThere is an abundance of exquisite fresh cut flowers to select from. Of special note, checkout the red and white waratahs which are only in season for the next 6 weeks. Now is the time to enjoy ranunculus, poppies, sweet peas, daffodils, snap dragons, Geraldton wax, stock, proteas, hippeastrum, rice flowers, flannel flowers and purple iris.

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.



Published On 2019-09-23 17:25:00

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