Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
26 February - 4 March 2018


Williams pears from Shepparton in Victoria are sweet, juicy and flavoursome. Depending on the size, Williams pears are $2-$4 a kilo. Add flavoursome pear slice to salads, poach for breakfast to serve with yoghurt and muesli, add to a cake or crumble.

Riverina rockmelons are extra flavoursome. When selecting a rockmelon choice one with a pleasant aroma and feels heavy for its size. Once cut, store melons covered in the refrigerator. Rockmelons are selling for $2.50-$4 each.

Apple harvesting is underway across the country. New season varieties fresh off the orchards include Royal Gala, Delicious, Fuji and Granny Smith. Storing apples in the crisper section of the refrigerator maintains their crunchy texture. Depending on variety apples are selling for $3-$7 a kilo.

Premium quality table grapes are plentiful this week. Select from Black Muscat, natural Sultana, Thompson seedless, Black Beauty, Flame seedless and Crimson seedless. Depending on variety grapes will sell from between $4-$12 a kilo. There is also the new variety called Cotton Candy worth a taste test at $3-$5 for a 500g a punnet.

Fresh figs are a luscious treat. In fact, figs are 55% natural sugar, the highest sugar content of any common fruit. Figs also share a trait with pineapple and papaya leaves: they contain an enzyme that digest proteins and can therefore be used to tenderize meats. You can enjoy figs for around 30¢-$3 each, depending on size.

Passionfruit is at peak supply and available for 30¢-$1 a kilo. It is an ideal time to whip a batch of Passionfruit Cupcakes.

Australia grown Valencia oranges are sweet and juicy. You will notice that the skin on the Valencia orange at this time of year has a green tinge; this simply means the fruit is sun ripened and extra sweet. Expect to pay $2 -$4 a kilo. 3 kilo net bags are $4 -$6 a kilo.

Snap up late season peaches and nectarines, now retailing at $3-$7 a kilo, depending on variety and size. Perfect for a juicy snack or enjoy them roast or poach for a fruity dessert.


New season Australian grown Sheppard avocados are the best eating avocado at this time of year at $2-$4 each. This pear-shaped avocado with a smooth green skin, has a butter flavour and does not brown (oxidise) once cut.

Although pumpkins are available all year round, the harvest is more plentiful at this time of year, so when the slight chill of Autumns evenings arrive it’s time to whip a tasty pumpkin soup of roast a tray of pumpkin, for adding to autumn salads or a pasta dish. Select from Jap, Butternut and Jap pumpkins for around $1-$2 a kilo, purchased whole.

Glossy skinned and heavy for their size, eggplants are versatile and delicious. This delicious Japanese-style eggplant dish Miso & chilli-glazed roasted eggplant can be served as a side dish or accompanied with rice or soba noodles for a light meal. Eggplants are $4-$7 a kilo.

Victorian grown celery is a top buy at $3.50-$4 a bunch. Celery is a foundation ingredient in many soups, sauces and casseroles and adds a refreshing crunch to salads; it also makes a healthy addition to school lunch boxes, especially teamed with peanut butter.

Tempt the family with roasted carrots, carrot juice, carrot cake and honey and sesame seed stir-fried carrots or add carrots to a healthy stir-fry. Quality Tasmania carrots are $1.50-$2.50 a kilo.

Cauliflower prices have eased to $3-$5 a head. Perfect for roasting and enjoying hot or cold.

In season now choko are an old-fashioned favourite. Their delicate flavour is delicious simply steamed and served with butter and pepper or when add peel and diced choko to a curry they absorb flavours and add texture. Choko are $3-$4 a kilo.

Beetroot is an under rated vegetable that is all too often over looked. Its sweet earthy flavour is delicious raw or cooked. Peel beetroot and sliced thinly to enjoy in salads, roasted whole wrapped in foil until tender, serve warm whole or dice and add to a risotto. Beetroot are $2-$3 a bunch, so add some colour to your diet.

For value, quality and ease of preparation corn on the cob is a winner. Corn is a top buy at 80¢-$1 per cob.


Late summer – early autumn is a Delightful time for a quality flowers. We highly recommend local roses, lisianthus, dahlia, snow berry, asters, flowering ginger, gum nuts, celosia, pineapple lily, snap dragon, Siam tulips, sedum, beehive ginger, sunflowers, kale, roses, chrysanthemums, hanging amaranth, dancing lady, tulips, pepper bush and tiger lily. Tip: Change the water in regularly to maximise vase life.

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 2018-02-26 15:35:00

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