Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
24 - 30 JANUARY 2022
New-season grapes from the Sunraysia area are crunchy and flavoursome and a fabulous buy this week. Loaded with natural sugar, grape varieties in season include Flame seedless, Sultana, Ralli, Menindee seedless and Red Globe. The price of grapes will range from $4-$16 a kilo. Petite and super sweet eating currants are around $20 a kilo.
Yellow and white-fleshed peaches and nectarines are still delicious eating, their natural sweetness and juiciness making them an irresistible choice for a healthy snacking or quick dessert. The popular yellow-skinned, Golden Queen peach is a popular choice for preserving or poaching at this time of year. Depending on size and variety, prices range from $3-$10 a kilo.
Snap up the last of the season’s flavoursome and top-quality cherries prices range from $8-$50 a kilo, depending on variety and size.
For value, convenience, and versatility, you can’t beat creamy Innisfail grown bananas at $2.50-$4 a kilo. Add a bunch to your shopping basket this week.
Passionfruit are plentiful and at 40¢-60¢ each good value too. One passionfruit yields approximately two tablespoons of pulp and juice. Serve passionfruit on your Australia Day Pavlova or serve with stone fruit, melons, or berries. Passionfruit has an intense flavour, so a little goes a long way.
Plums are plentiful. Attractively coloured and rich in flavour select from blood plums or yellow flesh varieties. There are about a dozen different varieties now available. Select from plums of varying shapes; skin and flesh colour and flavours range from honey-sweet to sweet and tangy. Plums could be as cheap as $3 a kilo and range to $15 a kilo.
For a sweet summer sensation, pick up a bag of juicy lychees. They’re easy to peel and are the best value at this time of the year. Lychees are $8-$20 a kilo, depending on the variety. The jumbo-sized Erdon Lee variety are around $50 a kilo. Team lychees with chopped mango, banana and passionfruit pulp and serve with ice cream.
Mango prices are $3-$6 each, depending on size and variety. Honeygold, Kensington Pride, R2E2 and Calypso are all available. The carbohydrate found in mangoes has a low GI, which means it’s absorbed slowly and will provide you with sustained energy. These mango, passionfruit and ginger nut crumb with mascarpone desserts are fabulous for a picnic, spoon mixture into transportable small jars with lids.
Late summer to early autumn is the best time to make the most of figs. Ripen figs at room temperature, store fully ripe figs in the refrigerator, and use them within 1-2days. Serve fresh figs at room temperature, poach gently in honey and orange juice, half, and grill, or toss figs into a honeyed walnut and blue cheese salad, or add to a pizza topping with feta cheese. Figs are 50c-$3 each.
Flavoursome Reed avocados are a seasonal favourite, and they have an extra creamy flesh with a superior nutty flavour. Expect to pay $1.50-$4 each, depending on size and quality.
Snake beans continue to be a great buy. Snake beans are delicious stir-fried with garlic, ginger, tomatoes, or fresh herbs. Your local greengrocer will have snake beans for $2-$3 a bunch. This delicious Asian snake bean, herb and chilli salad is excellent served with barbecued fish or chicken
Zucchinis are $3- $6 a kilo. Add grated zucchini to cakes, pasta sauces and meatloaf or thinly slice lengthwise and add to a salad. Barbecued zucchini adds a lovely taste and texture to salads like this delicious Char-grilled zucchini, rocket and prosciutto salad.
Glossy skinned eggplants are a good source of dietary fibre. They also provide vitamin B6, which plays a role in hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body. Eggplants purple skin is a rich source of antioxidants. Bake, grill, or barbecue eggplant to preserve its low-fat content rather than frying it. Eggplants are $3-$7 a kilo. Try our roasted eggplant, herb and feta salad.
In abundance in summer, fragrant basil teams well with ripe tomatoes, fresh cheese like bocconcini or ricotta and pasta. Choose vibrant basil with firm leaves and a distinct fresh aroma. Basil is $2 -$4 a bunch. This easy tomato and fresh mozzarella salad with basil and garlic crumb is packed with flavour.
Make your Australian Day barbecue healthier and tastier by adding a few mushrooms to the grill. Sizzle up some large Jumbo flats or thread button mushrooms and halloumi cheese on skewers and cook until warmed through. Mushrooms are $10-$12 a kilo.
Green onions have a mild onion flavour and are ideal for enjoying raw in salads or served green onions cooked in egg-based dishes like frittata or omelettes. Expect to pay $2-$3a bunch.
Toss together a classic Caesar salad with baby Cos lettuce. Cos lettuce has a lovely crunch stem that adds great texture to this salad. baby Cos are sold packs of two are $3-$5.
On Choy, also known as water spinach or Kang kong, is a leafy green vegetable sold in bunches with a mild spinach flavour. Steam or stir-fry leaves and stems and serve topped with garlic and oyster sauce or steam leaves and stems and drizzle with soy sauce. On Choy is a bargain at $2-$2.50.
Broccoli prices have started to easy, expect to pay around $4-$7 a kilo, this week.
In-season flowers to enjoy at home or gift this week include fragrant tuberose, spray roses and classic David Austin roses. Check out the gerbera, dahlia, gum blossom, phlox, zinnia, celosia, sunflowers and tropical flowers for vibrant colour. For softer tones, enjoy lisianthus, pineapple lilies and alstroemeria. To extend the vase life of your fresh flowers, trim the stems, change the water every 2-3 days and add a floral preservative to the water.
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 2022-01-24 15:05:36Print Page