Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
25 - 31 JULY 2022


FRUIT

Fruit Dekopon mandarin, also known as Sumo this citrus, is grown commercially in Australia, although it originated in Japan. Easy-peel with a coarse rind yellow-orange, this citrus has a prominent 'neck' at the stem end; it is extra sweet, with a nice tangy and loads of juice. Pick up a kilo while they are in season and sell for $3-$6 a kilo.

Tangelo originated in the USA and is a cross between a grapefruit and tangerine. Easy to peel, vibrant orange coloured rind, this citrus is a similar shape to the Sumo, although it's more mandarin flavoured than orange. Tangelos are $3-$7 a kilo.

Banana prices are up a bit this week; with the cooler weather slowing crop growth and reducing supply, expect to pay $3-$5 a kilo. Add creamy bananas to a pancake batter for a delicious winter dessert.

Ultra-healthy, sweet-eating blueberries are a nice change at this time of year. Depending on size, blueberries are available for $5-$10 a punnet. This banana, blueberry & chia loaf is best made with fresh berries and it's delicious for afternoon tea or packed into a school lunch box.

Juicy, vibrant, ruby-fleshed blood oranges radiate goodness-select blood oranges with a firm, orange-red coloured skin. Blood oranges are smallish in size and especially sweet. Expect to pay $4-$7 a kilo for these seasonal treats. Alternatively, sweet-eating Cara Cara navel oranges with rosy pink flesh are $2-$6 a kilo depending on size.

Sink your teeth into a juicy pear, slice firm pears into a salad or whip up a tasty pear dessert. Select from Packham, Buerru Bosc and Corella varieties. Prices range from $2-$7 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

Looking for a healthy, low-kilojoules snack, then you can't go past Aussie apples. Pink Lady, Fuji, Kanzi, Yello, Bravo, Envy and Royal Gala are still eating nicely and good value at $4-$10 a kilo, depending on size and variety.

While still fantastic value Hass avocados are $1.50 -$4 each, the price of avocados has also increased slightly as wet weather in the growing regions has reduced supply.

Naturally, sweet rockmelon makes an ideal snack or sensational dessert for the diet conscious. Large rockmelons from Kununurra retail for $4-$5 each, depending on size.

It is very early, but the first trickle of the Australian-grown Kensington Pride mangoes from the Darwin area have started their season. It's early days, not Spring is now in sight when the season will see larger harvests.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Carrots are this winter's superhero veg. Versatile, inexpensive, and delicious raw or cooked. Microwave sliced carrots with honey and a dab of butter; team carrots with coriander, coconut milk, and red chilli or Mexican flavours for a warming winter soup. At $2-$3 kilo, fresh carrots are top value.

For winter's ultimate comfort food, serve mashed potatoes, baked or fried. Your local greengrocer will have 5-kilo bags for $7-$10. Alternatively, this week small washed potatoes are $2-$3 a kilo, perfect for serving whole boiled or try our tasty pan-fried new potatoes with garlic, parsley & lemon.

The delicate aniseed flavour and crunchy texture of fennel complement fish, chicken, lamb, pears and citrus. For a quick entrée or salad, combine shredded fennel with shaved parmesan, crisp slices of pear and watercress. Fennel is an excellent buy at $2-$3 a bulb.

When it comes to leafy greens, this winter Bok choy is still good value at $3-$5. Packed with vitamins and quick to cook, bok choy is mild flavoured, and there is very little waste. Pop a few bunches of bok choy in the trolley this week, is perfect for soups, stir-fries or serv it steamed with a little soy sauce.

Kids enjoy the naturally sweet flavour of sweet potato, also known as kumara. Choose a firm, medium-sized kumara with intact skin. Store in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place. Kumara is $3-$5 a kilo. Sweet potato is delicious roasted, mashed or turned into spicy wedges, or this roasted kumara with eggs & avocado salsa is terrific for breakfast or lunch. TIP: Don't store sweet potatoes in the fridge as the flesh will discolour on cooking.

Ultra-healthy and super tasty Brussels sprouts retail for $3-$4 for 500g bags. Select Brussels sprouts that are a similar size to ensure that all Brussels sprouts cook in the same amount of time. Tip: Smaller Brussels sprouts have a more subtle flavour.

Take a fresh look at salad greens. Fancy hydroponically grown lettuce such as oakleaf, mignonette, coral and butter are in peak supply and have great value at $3 ahead. Healthy salad greens can be mixed and matched to create tasty flavour combinations.

Red onions, also known as Spanish onions in NSW, have a vivid red-purple skin coloured. Their flesh is sweeter than other varieties with a mild onion flavour, making them ideal for use in salads, stir-fries and serving with steak sandwiches. Depending on size, red onions are $4-$6 a kilo; alternatively, traditional brown onions are $3-$4 a kilo.

FLOWERS

Flowers Whether working from home or the office, there is something special about a bunch of flowers on your desk. Visit your local florist and grab a beautiful bunch or posy. In-season flowers include poppies, lavender, sea holly, kale, allium, asters, rose lily, orchids, sweetpeas, freesia jonquil, paper daisy, wattle, protea, sunflowers, tulips, stock, hyacinths, bud magnolia, carnations, Geraldton wax, blossom, and so much more.




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 2022-07-25 23:10:59

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