Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
25 to 31 May 2020


FruitDress up a simple salad or pizza topping with sliced or diced avocados. Shepard avocado season is coming to an end as supplies of Australian Hass avocados increase in supply. Avocadoes are retailing at $2-$4 depending on size. Team avocados with winter citrus, peppery flavoured baby rocket leaves and a drizzle of olive oil for a quick salad.

Buy in bulk and save. Bursting with juicy goodness a 3 kilo net bag of juicy, sweet Riverland navel oranges is retailing for $3-$7. Navels are an excellent source of vitamin C and fibre. By the kilo, oranges are retailing at $3-$7 a kilo.

African Pride custard apples from Mareeba and Alstoneville are extremely plentiful this week at $8-$12 a kilo. Enjoy their sweet soft, white pulp as a snack or dessert.

Lemons are tangy, refreshing and versatile. Eureka and Lisbon lemons are firm, thick-skinned lemons with excellent juice content. Sooth sore throats with warmed lemon juice and a spoonful of honey or add lemon juice and rind to puddings and cheesecakes. Lemons are a plentiful and selling for $3-$6 a kilo.

Fresh California dates taste like caramel and make the most scrumptious desserts and puddings. Whip up an indulgent pear, date and chocolate or for a real treat dip dates in melted chocolate and leave at room temperature to set. They are simply delicious with coffee. Fresh dates are $16-$20 a kilo on grade.

Succulent, sweet eating Packham pears are a traditional winter favourite and good buy at $2-$4 a kilo. Roast or poach pears to serve with a Florentine cream.

For a crunchy snack, you can’t beat a Kanzi, Jazz, and Pink Lady apple or get cooking with Granny Smith apples to create apple tarts, apple and pecan crumble, cakes and old-fashioned baked apples. Apples are $3-$12 a kilo, depending on the variety and size.

This week, juicy, sweet eating and easy to peel Imperial and Daisy mandarins are $3-$6 a kilo at your local greengrocer, depending on size. Here are our 3 top ways to enjoy juicy mandarins.

  • Poach whole peeled mandarins in honey syrup and serve over ice-cream.
  • Make a crisp winter salad by combining mandarin segments with shredded fennel, rocket, sliced green onions and pomegranate seeds. Drizzle with an olive oil and lemon dressing to serve.
  • Top a cream sponge cake with mandarin segments, sliced strawberries and drizzle with passionfruit pulp.

Supplies of a salad tomatoes are lower this week as Bundaberg harvesting is wrapping up and Bowen crops due to start shortly. That means that salad tomatoes are selling for $7-$8 a kilo. Ripen at room temperature until a vibrant red and slightly soft to touch.

Crimson seedless grapes are crunchy and sweet. Pop a few in the kid’s lunch box for $3-$10 a kilo, depending on size.

Ward off winter flues with a healthy dose of vitamin A and C. A good source of these vitamins can be sourced from papaya. This tropical fruit is a fabulous breakfast fruit or add to fruit salads. Papaya is $4-$8 a kilo.


VegetablesChoose crisp celery with pale green stems and fresh leaves. Avoid damaged or cracked stems. Trim celery and refrigerate in an airtight container. Wash celery just before use. Warm-up with a mug of creamy celery & blue cheese soup. Celery is$3-$5 a kilo.

Vibrant, crunchy carrots are now in season. Choose from traditional orange, baby (Dutch), purple, white and yellow carrots. The abundance of orange carrots makes them the thriftiest buy at $2-$3 a bunch and the other varieties will be $3.50-$4 a bunch.

Warm up with a hearty serve of delicious mashed potatoes. Desiree, Pontiac and brushed Sebago are ideal for creamy mashed potatoes or make a pot of easy potato and leek soup. For added flavour add finely chopped fresh herbs or crushed garlic, hot milk, butter and a pinch of salt. Potatoes are $2-$3 a kilo, depending on variety and volume. The thriftiest way to buy potatoes is in a 5 kilo bag for $4-$7.

Cauliflower stars in the kitchen during cooler weather, this adaptable vegetable is delicious roasted, braised, fried, mashed and steamed or eaten raw in salads and slaws. Try baking a whole cauliflower we have just the recipe whole roasted spiced cauliflower with tahini yoghurt & pomegranate Caulies are $6-$7 a head. Select cauliflower with firm, tightly-packed snow white florets and fresh green leaves.

The natural goodness of Brussels sprouts and cabbage shine in winter, sautéed, steamed or tossed in a hot wok, these easy-to-prepare vegetables require minimum cooking. Brussel sprouts are $ 7-$9 a kilo and cabbage $3-$5 a head.

Subtle, sweet onion-flavoured leek is ideal for combining with potatoes, eggs, mushrooms. Add leeks to soups, frittata and quiche fillings. Leeks are $2-$3 a stem.

Parsnips add a unique sweetness to soups and casseroles and are scrumptious when roasted. You can pick up parsnips this week for $4-$8 a kilo.

Freshly picked vibrant green broccolini is a good buy this week at $3-$ a bunch. Steam, boil, microwave or stir florets and remember that the stems are also edible. Alternatively, broccoli is bursting with healthy goodness, cook rapidly to retain natural colour and flavour. Broccoli is $5-$6 a kilo.

Jerusalem artichokes have an interesting nutty flavour and a texture similar to a potato. Ideal for soups and winter salads, they are also delightful roasted. Select firm, smooth even-sized artichokes, which are free of soft spots. Scrub well or peel before cooking. At $7-$10 a kilo they are truly a tasty treat.

Tender, green beans from Queensland are a choice buy at $5-$6 a kilo for machine-harvested beans. Use beans within 2 day of purchase. Alternatively, hand-picked beans from Gympie are $7-$10 a kilo and keep for 4-5 days.


FlowersSweet-smelling jonquils and freesia are now in season, brightly coloured gerberas, stylish tulips, classic chrysanthemums and lisianthus come in a range of soft colours and have a long vase life. Also popular at your local florist are iris, snapdragon, protea, ornamental kale, freesias, local roses and both potted hyacinths and cyclamen.

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, Marketing Consultant on 0438 725 453.

Published On 2020-05-25 18:53:00

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