Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
26 August - 1 September 2019


VegetablesWho can pass up the stunningly good Aussie asparagus now in season? With prices around the $3-$3.50 a bunch, why stop at one bunch. Add trimmed spears to a risotto, blanch and toss in a spring salad with broad beans, enjoy bunches barbecued or toss in a hot wok with king prawns and crushed garlic.

Add the flavour of fresh herbs to your cooking. Loaded with lively flavour, the quality of fresh grown local herbs, like mint, coriander, dill, thyme, chives and parsley is exceptional and at $2-$2.50 a bunch they are a bargain. This herb crusted salmon is makes a tasty mid-week meal.

Leafy kale is packed with goodness and so versatile, pan fry, oven bake or steam. Kale is a bargain at $1.50-$2 a bunch.

Versatile and mild tasting English spinach is delightful eaten cooked or raw and this week is a bargain at $2-$2.50 a bunch. Toss washed leaves through cooked spaghetti with ricotta cheese and grill pancetta.

Fresh and tasty Asian leafy greens like bok choy, choy sum, choy sum are delicious steamed or tossed in a hot wok. Select bunches with crunchy pale stems and fresh-looking green leaves. Bok choy is a bargain at $1.30-$1.80 a bunch. Try this red chilli beef with bok choy.

Snap up freshly picked snow peas this week as they are a bargain at $12-$15 a kilo. Quick to cook, snow peas add a delicious crunchy texture to salads, side dishes and stir-fries.

Holy guacamole! Good quality Hass avocados, from Mildura in South Australia, the North Coast of NSW and a trickle from the Glasshouse Mountains in Queensland are worth adding to the shopping list. Quality is excellent and avocados are a top buy at $2-$3 each, depending on size.

While we all know how delicious and versatile mushrooms are, the real health benefits are only just really going to light. Look after yourself by add a few extra mushrooms to your diet this week. Mushrooms are retailing at $10-$12 a kilo, depending on quality and variety.

Leeks have a subtle sweetness that combines deliciously with chicken, eggs, ham and potatoes. Leeks have a milder flavour than onions and are perfect for using in frittatas or with seafood. Large single leeks are selling for $2-$2.50 each.

Globe artichokes are a stunning vegetable with a unique, sweet and subtle flavour. Large globe artichokes with long fleshy stems are $2-$2.50 each.


FruitCitrus fruits are still in good supply and eating nicely. With their rich raspberry-red succulent flesh and sweet flavour, blood oranges are ideal for juicing. Make the most of the season blood oranges as the season will finish October. Navels oranges are premium quality and top value. Pink fleshed (ruby grapefruit) are refreshing, tangelos are vibrant and tangy and the late season mandarins are still a popular choice. Most citrus is retailing at $3-$6 a kilo.

Scrumptious strawberries are not as cheap as last week, but they are still fantastic eating and value at $1-$3 a punnet, you can’t go past the highly coloured and fragrant strawberries. Add sliced strawberries to your favourite breakfast cereal enjoy them as a snack or serve roasted strawberries with waffles.

Their attractive purplish-blue colour and sweet flavour teamed with their high antioxidant qualities makes blueberries a popular and healthy choice. Make the most o the quality and value as blueberries are only $2.50-$3.50 a punnet. Try this delicious.

Blushed with colour and flavour, mangoes Kensington Pride mangoes from the Darwin area are retailing at your local $3-$5 each, depending on size. Best peeled just prior to eating, ripe mango skin will easily pull away from the flesh. A ripe mango is perfect eaten as is, or use in desserts or serve with cooked prawns or spicy barbecued pork in a salad.

Packham pears are still good quality and available for $2-$5 a kilo. Classic poached pears are easy to prepare, taste delicious and are very high in fibre.

Rhubarb is loaded with calcium so it’s good for your teeth and bones. Rhubarb adds wonderful flavour to a Moroccan style sweet curry, stew with apples and bake wrapped in filo pastry. Pick up a bunch for $3-$4.

Refreshing, juicy rockmelons from Queensland are $4-$6 each.


FlowersYou are spoiled for choice this week as there is a superb selection of quality flowers available from your florist in spring, look for daffodils, jonquils, blossom, lavender, wheat, anemone, violets, golden Leucadendron, pierus, blushing bride, hellebores, freesia, daphne, sweet william, sea holly, sunflowers, stock, sweetpeas, poppies, protea, lavender, protea, kale, orchids, blushing bride, lilies, lisianthus, roses, tulips, forget me knots or purple iris.

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 2019-08-26 17:25:00

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