Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
24 - 30 September 2018


FRUIT

Start your day with the taste of the tropics – this Papaya Mango & Pineapple With Lime Yoghurt teams up several of the most tasty spring fruits. It looks like being a bumper season for papaya and prices are very attractive at $3-$6 each, depending on size.

Sweet and juicy mangoes bring a lush tropical taste to your table. Freshly harvested Kensington Pride mangoes from Darwin herald the arrival of mango season. Mangoes are ideal on their own or in tempting chilled desserts. Kensington Pride mangoes are retailing at $2-$5 each, depending on size.

Sweet eating strawberries from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and Western Australia are a bargain at $3 a punnet. Strawberries are good source of vitamin C which contributes to formation of collagen and thus plays a role in healthy gums, teeth, bones, cartilage and skin. So you can enjoy every spoonful of this tasty berry Eton Mess dessert, knowing that it is packed with delicious goodness.

Bursting with colour blueberries are flavoursome and loaded with antioxidants. The best way to store all berries is to remove them from the punnet and place them in a single layer on paper towel and cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge. Blueberries are $3-$5 a punnet. These Blueberry Chia Pods are an easy make a head breakfast.

Naturally sweet and refreshing rockmelon make an ideal snack or sensational dessert for the diet conscious. Enjoy melon al natural or combine with passionfruit, ginger, tropical fruits or berries to create heavenly desserts. Rockmelons from QLD and the Ord River area in Western Australia are selling for $3-$4 each, depending on size.

Juicy golden fleshed, tangy- sweet pineapples are a spring favourite. Best tasting pineapples have a sweet-tropical aroma and feels heavy for its size. Pineapples are ranging in price from $3-$5 depending on size and variety.

Ultra-juicy blood oranges are selling for $3-$5 a kilo, depending on size. Their delicious juice and rich coloured ruby flesh make these oranges perfect for freshly squeezed juice, add segment to sweet or savour salads or for a quick dessert layer into a serving glass, blood oranges segments and their juice with halved strawberries and yoghurt or mascarpone.

Stock up on Queensland bananas, the fruit is super creamy and they are a great value at $2-$4 a kilo. Serve up sliced banana with fresh berries French Toast.

Creamy ripe avocados and plump tomatoes are a winning combination, but when teamed with a hard or soft-boiled egg and served on sour dough artisan bread, make for a quick and healthy breakfast, brunch or lunch. It’s been a bumper season for Hass avocados with quality fruit regularly retailing at $2-$4 each.

VEGETABLES

Pale, aromatic bulbs of fennel are delicious eating and fantastic value at $1.50-$2 a head. Fennel has virtually no fat and few kilojoules making it a useful fresh veggie for those trying to control weight.

Nutritious and flavoursome broccoli is available this week for $2 -$4 a kilo. Broccoli will deteriorate quickly if it is not stored correctly. Store broccoli in a vented plastic bag in refrigerator and use within 5 days. Add blanched broccoli florets to a salad for a healthy dose of antioxidants, fibre, folate, iron and B complex vitamins. Kids love these broccoli bites.

Snow white cauliflowers are firm and flavoursome. Add florets to curries, toss with broccoli in a stir-fry, or try this s Broccolini & Cauliflower Fried 'Rice' & Chicken Bowls. Cauliflowers are $2-$3 a head.

When it comes to fast and simple cooking you can’t go past asparagus. This delicious vegetable is at its prime for quality and value in spring. There are lots of specials available, bunches of thin to medium thick spears and baby spears are retailing around $2-$3 a bunch. The size of the spears is not an indication of the tenderness. The fresher the asparagus the more tender it is. Toss asparagus with spring greens & chicken and couscous for a tasty salad.

Globe artichokes are a stunning vegetable with a unique, sweet and subtle flavour. Large globe artichokes with long fleshy stems are $2.50-$3 each.

Enjoy a tasty bunch of fresh beetroot at $2-$3 a bunch. Bake, steam or microwave, the cooking times will vary depending on the size of the bulbs - it helps to choose bulbs of a similar size so they will cook in the same time. Add diced beetroot to a salad. Try a combination of beetroot, watercress, toasted walnuts and goat’s cheese.

Enjoy tasty broad beans while they are only $5-$8 a kilo. Simply shell as you would peas then steam or boil until tender. Larger beans are often shelled a second time to reveal the glorious vibrant green and tender seed.

Select firm, pale green celery with crisp stalks and fresh-looking leafy tops. Avoid celery with split or damaged stalks. Toss finely sliced celery with sliced green onions, chopped boiled new potatoes, capers and reduced fat mayonnaise in a salad. Celery is retailing at $2-$3 a bunch.

Prepacked Queensland grown sweetcorn is good eating and only $2-$3 for tray. Try our sweetcorn fritters.

FLOWERS

It’s a bloom’ in good time for fresh cut flowers, with the range and quality offering flower lovers’ superb value. We highly recommended the blue and yellow iris, stock, poppies, delphiniums, lily of the valley, waratahs, anemones sweet peas, poppies lilac, oriental lilies, ranunculus, gerbera, hellebores Geraldton wax and daffodils, just to name a few.

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, Retailer Support Manager on mobile 0438 725 453.



Published On 2018-09-24 15:35:00

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