Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
24 - 30 June 2019


VegetablesNutritious Brussels sprouts are $7-$8 a kilo. Toss thinly sliced Brussels sprouts in a hot wok with a little oil and sliced bacon until just tender, toss through noodles and soy sauce and serve. New to the markets are purple Brussels sprouts, they are sweeter and slightly peppery in flavour look for 400g packets for $3-$4. try them teamed with a wok-tossed purple brussels sprouts & bacon.

Fennel at $1-$2 a head is good 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 or warm up with this braised fennel, lemon & thyme chicken.

Cauliflower stars in the kitchen during cooler weather and are only $3.50-$4 each. This adaptable vegetable tastes delicious roasted, braised, fried, mashed and steamed or eaten raw. Warm up with a tasty cauliflower and bacon soup or serve this delicious veggie as a side dish with a winter roast.

Celeriac is a delicious, creamy-fleshed winter vegetable that tastes like celery. Select pale, small-sized celeriac that feels heavy for its size. To prepare celeriac, simply peel and cut into pieces then drop into a bowl of cold water. Add some lemon juice to prevent the flesh discolouring. Delicious and versatile celeriac is $8-$10 a head.

Savour the subtle sweet-onion flavour of plump flavoursome leeks. Use leeks as the bases for a tasty homemade vegetable soup such as leek and cauliflower, leek and zucchini or easy potato and leek soup. Leeks are $2.50 a stem.

Silverbeet sometimes mistakenly named spinach is distinguishable by its fleshly white stems and dark green leaves. Wilt silverbeet in a pan over medium heat and toss with crumbled feta, toasted pine nuts and a drizzle of olive oil. Silverbeet is $2-$3 a bunch, alternatively, try Swiss Chard also known as rainbow chard at $3-$4 a bunch has the most attractive brightly coloured stems that make a delightful addition to a chunky vegetable soup.

Warm up your taste buds with fresh glossy, long red chillies, less fiery than most varieties, these chillies will add a tasty kick to your winter cooking. Removing the seeds will make them even milder in flavour. Add diced chilli to vegetable soups, casseroles, meat rubs and pasta dishes. Look for specials.


FruitRed papaya at $3-$4 a kilo is a top buy. Load with vitamin C, this tropical fruit makes a healthy start to your day.

Fragrant and sweet eating Queensland strawberry season has started and from now until August strawberries are just going to get better and better. Your local greengrocer has beautiful quality strawberries. Rinse strawberries just before eating. Want to get fancy with strawberries than check out our delicious serving ideas. Strawberries are $2.50-$4 a punnet.

Dress up a winter salad with creamy avocado. The nutty flavoured Hass avocados are in peak supply and selling for $1.50-$3 each, depending on size.

Winter is the peak time for citrus especially Navel oranges. Enjoy the traditional orange-fleshed Washington or Leng navels for $3-$5 a kilo, or for something different try the Cara Cara navel. This seedless, sweet pinkish orange-fleshed variety originated in South America is available June to August. Cara Cara navels are selling for $5-$6 a kilo. Warm up with this cheeky oranges with whiskey toffee dessert.

A nutritional gem, kiwifruit is a fantastic source of vitamin C and contains vitamin E as well as dietary fibre. Depending on variety, their flesh colour, taste and texture can vary. Green-fleshed kiwifruit is less sweet than the yellow-fleshed variety is $5-8. Gold/yellow-fleshed kiwifruit has very juicy, sweet, tender golden-yellow flesh. It’s slightly elongated in shape and is retailing at $12-15 a kilo. Unfortunately, the red kiwifruit is now finished for this season.

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 almost always eaten cooked and sweetened. Try our roasted rhubarb with passionfruit mascarpone.

Make the most of the quality lemons that are available mid-winter by making a delectable lemon flavoured dessert such as a steaming hot lemon delicious or lemon meringue pie. Or try making preserved lemons to serve with spicy Moroccan style dishes. Lemons are $3-$6 a kilo.

Deliciously juicy and flavoursome mandarins are still fabulous value at $2-$5 a kilo.


FlowersWith a dazzling range of tulips, lilies, stock, sweetpea, poppies, purple iris, queens anne’s lace, kale, snapdragon, protea, iris, leucadendron, geraldton wax and roses are a popular choice. For fragrance take home lavender, hyacinth and oriental lilies, while the jonquils and daffodils are a thrifty buy. Imported peonies are also a winter favourite. Mix your flowers with interesting 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. If republishing please credit

Published On 2019-06-24 17:25:00

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