Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
25 - 31 JANUARY 2021
Super crunchy new season Royal Gala apples are back in season and $6-$10 a kilo, depending on size.
Harvesting of new season pears from Shepparton in Victoria is underway. The first of the larger sized European varieties to arrive at your local greengrocer is the Clapp’s Favourite pear, this pear has a greenish yellow with a red cheek. Its flesh is tender, soft, sweet and juicy. They are only available for a short time, so enjoy them now for $3-$4 a kilo.
Peaches and nectarines are jam-packed with natural sweetness in January. Be sure to store your fruit in a single layer, at room temperature until it is fully ripe. Add slices or wedges of peach or nectarine to summer salads for a delightful texture and flavour. Delicious raw, but fabulous cooked try these quick and easy nectarines with coconut and pistachio crumble. Peaches and nectarines are $3-$7 a kilo.
There is a superb range of sweet eating table grapes now available at your local greengrocer. Varieties include Thompson seedless, Menindee seedless, Crimson seedless, Sultana and Black Muscatels. Grape prices will range from $3-$8 a kilo, depending on variety.
Snap up the last of the season’s flavoursome and top quality Tasmanian cherries, prices range from $10-$50 a kilo, depending on variety, size and grading. The export quality cherries are gift boxed 34-36 mm in size and extra special.
Just in; tangy and refreshing achacha (a–cha-cha) from tropical North Queensland. This tasty tropical fruit is originally from Bolivia and looks like a golden mangosteen, has a sweet, tangy, creamy textured, white flesh and is only available for a short time. So be quick, see your local greengrocer and enjoy a few achcha this week for $10-$16 a kilo.
Luscious, juicy and refresh lychees are a summer favourite. Lychees are a delightful snack fruit and make a divine addition to Asian inspired duck and noodle salad, or whip up a mouth-watering tropical-inspired dessert using; lime cheesecake with summer fruits. Lychees are $12-$30 a kilo.
Plums are plentiful, both in supply and range. New to the market is the attractive sunny yellow-skinned King Midas plum. It has a juicy, honey-sweet golden flesh that is delicious eating. Fruit coming from orchards in the Victorian Goulburn Valley. All plum varieties are available in the range of $3-$12 a kilo.
Exotic looking and heavenly tasting black Genoa figs are $1.50-$3 each, depending on size. Rich in natural sugars, figs are delightful eaten as a snack, used to create stunning desserts or added to a salad like this fig, honeyed walnut and blue cheese salad.
Passionfruit is a summer favourite that compliments numerous other tropical fruits: Swirl passionfruit pulp through thick natural yoghurt and serve with muesli for breakfast. Passionfruit are 80¢-$1.50 each, your local greengrocer is sure to have value packs.
Plump, ripe salad tomatoes from Victoria, Western Australia, Queensland and from the Sydney basin are plentiful. Everyday salad tomatoes are selling for $3-$5 a kilo, Truss Tomatoes $3-$5, Oxheart tomatoes $7-$ 10 and Roma tomatoes $3-$5 a kilo.
Versatile carrots are delicious raw or cooked. They are also a good source of vitamin A and a source of B6 and C, which help contribute to a healthy immune system. This Moroccan inspired carrot, rocket and chickpea salad, is a delicious way to enjoy carrots in a tasty salad. Carrots are $1.50-$2.50 a kilo.
Fresh, young eggplants do not require salting unless you intend deep-frying them. Cut eggplant into 1 cm slices brush with olive oil and grill until soft and golden. Try this quick and easy roasted eggplant, herb and feta salad. Eggplants are $3-$6 a kilo.
Broccoli quality is excellent and prices back down to $3-$4 a kilo. Add blanched broccoli florets to a salad for a healthy dose of antioxidants, fibre, folate, iron and B complex vitamins. This flavoursome salad is a top choice for a quick mid-week meal, broccoli, rocket, chicken, rice and barley salad.
Heard the saying ‘cool as a cucumber’ well it probably because their high water content givies a cooling effect. Lebanese cucumbers are crisp and refreshing and ideal for adding to salads, with chopped mint and finely chopped chilli. Lebanese cucumbers are $2-$3 a kilo and telegraph cucumbers are $2-$2.50 each.
Add zucchini to your summer barbecues for a healthier meal. Cut zucchini into thick slices and thread onto skewers with chicken and mushrooms – try our honey and sesame zucchini, mushroom and chicken skewers. Zucchinis are good value at $4-$6 a kilo.
Slender, fleshy and dark green in colour, snake beans are tender, mild-flavoured and versatile. Cut into desired lengths and stir-fry with garlic and ginger or blanch a handful and add to an Asian style salad. Snake beans are $2-$2.50 a bunch.
Plump cobs of golden coloured, sweetcorn are delicious and quick to cook. Corn on the cob only requires 4-5 minutes simmering in boiling water, a minute in the microwave and 6-8 minutes on the barbecue. Pick up a few cobs this week for 60¢-$1 each.
Cauliflowers fresh from the fields around Bathurst are snow white and bursting with flavour. For the freshest flavour and texture, cook the cauliflower only until just tender; never over-cooked. Expect to pay $3-$4 a head.
Flower trends are continually evolving but enjoying nature never goes out of style. So pop down to your local florist and select a few of your favourite colours and shapes to mix and match and enjoy.
Seasonal favourites that are good value in January include flowering gum (in comes in red, orange and lolly pink). Sunflowers, crab claw, tuberoses, dahlia, sea holly, carnations, scabiosa, pineapple lilies, tiger lilies, gerberas, celosia, hydrangea, protea, local roses and lisianthus.
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 2021-01-25 09:42:54Print Page