Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
25 February - 3 March 2019


FruitThere are some fabulous buys in the fruit section this week. Top of this list is grapes, the quality, flavour and value is a standout this week. Seedless varieties like Thompson, Crimson, Menindee and natural sultana are great value art $3-$10 a kilo. The new elongated and glossy black Sapphire grapes are proving popular at $10-$15 a kilo. Don’t miss out on the extra sweet currants. These tiny clusters of are popular with the kids and the young at heart. Expect to pay $10-$15 a kilo.

Late summer melons are super sweet and there is so much variety. We highly recommend popping a melon on the shopping list this week. Choice from honeydew, rockmelon, cassava, piel de sapo melons at $3-$5 each. The new white honeydew with a variegated green rind (known as dinosaur eggs) are extremely sweet eating with a delicate melon aroma. Expect to pay $5-$6 a melon, depending on size.

With 3 times more vitamin C and a super high antioxidant content Queen Garnet plum are a healthy choice. Fruit is selling for $6-$20 a kilo. Alternative plums choices include Tegan Blue, Sugarplums and October Sun. Plums are selling for $4-$10 a kilo, with the exception of the highly coloured and super.

Honey sweet figs are at their peak supply. Enjoy quality figs for 50¢-$3 each. Try baking figs in a Fig & Grape Cake or a Fig Clafoutis.

Available until late autumn, Williams pears is a fast ripening pear, perfect for poaching or add slices of firm pear to a salad or simply wash and enjoy as a healthy snack. Williams pears are $2-$4 a kilo.

There is nothing quite like a new season apple. Bilpin and Stanhope apple harvests are underway and Royal Gala apples are sweet, juicy and crisp. Available from February through to August, Royal Gala apples are a medium sized and the skin has a yellow base with red flushes. Greengrocers are selling Royal Galas apples for $3-$8 a kilo.

Vibrant and refreshing limes have a unique tangy citrus taste. Bursting with juice that is less acidic in flavour than a lemon now is the time to make the most of this citrus crop as they are a thrifty buy at $4-$7 a kilo or 40¢-80¢ Store in the refrigerator for extended shelf life.

Make the most of late season peaches and nectarines; both the white and yellow flesh varieties are still available for $3-$10 a kilo. Most fruit is now clingstone varieties. If want slip stone fruit, select the white peaches.

For something more exotic try mangosteen, rambutan, longons, custard apples and achacha which are all in season.

Have you spotted kiwiberry at your local greengrocer? Sold in 125g punnets, the fruit looks like a hairless mini kiwifruit. Round to elongated in shape with a smooth, green, tender, edible skin, fruit is bit size with a vibrant green flesh that contains tiny seeds. They are surprisingly sweet and provide a healthy dose of vitamin C. Imported from New Zealand kiwiberry are only available for 4-6weeks. Punnets are retailing for around $5-$6 a punnet.


VegetablesLeafy and nutritious kale is a popular choice for green juices, stir-frying or adding shredded to salads, frittatas and omelettes. Add a bunch to your shopping list it is only $2-$3 for a generous bunch.

Creamy textured with a flesh that does not go brown, new season Sheppard avocados are ideal for adding to sandwich filling and lunchbox salads. Avocados contain ‘good’ unsaturated fat and are the richest source of vitamin E of all fruits and vegetables. As supplies increase avocado prices are coming down, to $2.50-$4 each.

Versatile carrots are delicious used raw or cooked. At $1.50-$3 a kilo, they are top value. Whip up our super tasty, Moroccan inspired carrot, rocket and chickpea salad, this recipe is sure to become a favourite.

Sweet potatoes (kumara) are extremely nutritious providing a good source of vitamins A and C and fibre. The orange skin and flesh variety is known as kumara are this week $3-$4 a kilo for small tubers and $2-$3 for larger sizes.

Slender, fleshy and dark green in colour bunches of, snake beans are tender, mild-flavoured and versatile. Snake beans are at their peak freshness and value early autumn and selling for $2-$3 a bunch. This Chilli, Snake Bean & Pork Stir-Fry With Eggs is delicious.

Umami rich mushrooms are a tasty and healthy choice. Firm, mild buttons are excellent in pasta dishes and salads, while full flavoured jumbo flats are scrumptious grilled or barbecued. Keep mushrooms in a paper bag in the refrigerator. Mushrooms are $8-$12 depending on size. This mushroom meatballs in cherry tomato sauce is a fabulous mid-week meal that hides the mushrooms from fussy eaters and boosts the taste and nutritional value.

With their mild onion flavour, plump flavoursome leeks are the perfect choice for teaming with mushrooms, eggs, tomatoes and seafood. Larger leeks are sold by the stem, while thinner stems are sold in bunches. Either way, expect to pay around $2-$3 each or a bunch.

Pumpkins are plentiful. You can pick up a Jap, Jarrahdale or butternut pumpkin for $2- $3 a kilo, when purchased whole. Cut and wrapped pumpkins will retail are a little more. Adding pumpkin to a lunch box salad is a smart idea Roast Pumpkin, Chickpea, Rice & Barley Salad.

Have you tried fresh pistachio nuts? There are good supplies of fresh pistachio nuts from Alstonville and Mildura now in season. Moist and chewy fresh pistachio nuts make a healthy snack. Fresh pistachios are $20-$25 a kilo.


FlowersLate summer flowers in plentiful supply are celosia, sea holly, bee hive ginger, Siam tulips, sedum, pineapple lily, gerberas, alstroemeria, lotus pods, dahlias, tuberoses, snowberry, bachelor buttons, Arab eyes, lisianthus, David Austin roses, oriental and tiger lilies, clethra, carnations and local roses.

Prices quoted in this report are only relevant for the week of the report. All prices are estimates only as prices vary depending on the variety, size and quality of the produce and the trading area. For further information please contact Sue Dodd, Marketing Consultant on 02 9325 6200. Please credit source if republishing images or copy.

Published On 2019-02-25 13:15:00

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