Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
26 JULY - 1 AUGUST 2021


Greengrocers remain open as an essential service; many offer a click & collect service or online shopping, sometimes both options. There has never been a better time to eat fresh and shop with your local greengrocer.

FRUIT

Fruit Like salt, lemons bring other flavours to life. While it is the juice that contains the flavour, it is the rind or zest that holds the refreshing fragrance. Lemons supplies are on the increase and will peak around June to August. So, fill your fruit bowl with lemons, and we guarantee you will find a delicious way to use the juice and zest to add flavour. Lemons are currently coming from Gayndah, districts and the Mildura area; you can pick up a kilo for $3-$5 a kilo, depending on the variety, quality and size. This flavour-packed Greek lemon and chicken soup is delicious.

Avocados contain ‘good’ unsaturated fat and are the richest source of vitamin E of all fruits and vegetables. Shepard avocados are finishing up; there are now Fuertes and Hass avocados in season. Avocados are $1.50-$3 each, depending on variety and size.

Queensland strawberries are $3-$5 a punnet this week. Camerosa, Festival and Ruby gem varieties are flavoursome and pack a punch of vitamin C. Delicious for breakfast or dessert, strawberries with ricotta French toast is easy to make.

Packed with vitamin C, mandarins are sweet and juicy, and a choice buys at $3-$6 a kilo. There are plenty of varieties instore now you will find Afourer, Daisy, Monarch, Ellendale, Hickson and Honey Murcott varieties.

With their rich raspberry-red succulent flesh and sweet flavour, blood oranges are ideal for juicing. One medium blood orange yields about 1/3 cup juice. Add the juice to salad dressings or sauces. Blood oranges are $3-$5 a kilo, depending on size. This blood orange, fennel and chicken salad is a healthy choice.

Tangelos have a tangy flavour and a fragrant aroma. Use their juice and flesh in recipes as an alternative to oranges in winter. Team tangelos with baby spinach leaves and walnuts in a salad. A great way to kick start the day, juice tangelos for breakfast! They are bursting with beneficial vitamin C. Grab a kilo for $6-$7 a kilo or around $2.50 each.

Looking for a low kilojoules snack, then you cannot go past Aussie apples. Granny Smiths are a crunchy and delicious apple perfect for cooking with or eating out of hand. This super easy apple and cinnamon strudel is the perfect dessert to serve to family and friends. Granny Smith $2-$4 a kilo.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Broccolini is a hybrid vegetable; it is a cross between broccoli and Chinese broccoli. Its stem is as tender as asparagus and is an excellent alternative with asparagus is out of season. This broccolini and chicken teriyaki noodles only takes 10 minutes to cook and is packed with goodness. Broccolini is $2-$3 a bunch.

Versatile fennel has a mild aniseed flavour that is delicious shredded and added to a winter salad or bake bulbs with a roasted leg of lamb or chicken. Fennel is $1.50-$2 a bulb.

Kids enjoy the naturally sweet flavour of kumara. Add roasted kumara to pizza topping or risotto. Choose firm, medium-sized kumara with intact skin. Store in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place. Kumara is $2-$4 a kilo.

Toss thinly sliced Brussels sprouts and carrots in a hot wok with a little oil and sliced bacon until just tender; toss through noodles and soy sauce and serve. Brussels sprouts are $3-$6 a kilo.

Firm, snow-white heads of tasty cauliflowers are a choice buy this week at $3-$4 ahead.

Winter is the ideal time to savour the subtle sweet-onion flavour of plump flavoursome leeks. Use leeks as the basis for a tasty homemade vegetable soup such as leek and cauliflower, pumpkin, leek and cannellini bean soup or leek and celeriac. Leeks are $2.50-$3 each depending on size.

Purchasing carrots in a kilo bag is thrifty and convenient for only $1-$2.50. Carrots add a lovely sweetness to soups, casseroles, try them pureed or mashed, roasted or steamed. Mix it up and try extra tasty and vibrant purple carrots sold by the bunch are $4-$5.

Take a fresh look at salad greens. Fancy hydroponically grown lettuce such as oakleaf, mignonette, coral and butter lettuce are in peak supply and great value at $1.50-$2 ahead. Healthy salad greens can be mixed and matched to create tasty flavour combinations. Iceberg and Cos lettuce are $4-$5 ahead.

Vibrant coloured beetroot comes into its own in winter. Select bunches with small to medium-sized bulbs with crisp, green leaves. Roast or boil whole beets. Serve fresh young leaves or boiled, diced beetroot in swish winter salads. Beetroots are $3.50-$4 a bunch, or the large topless bulbs are $2-$3 a kilo or around 80-$1 a bulb.

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 using in salads, in stir-fries and serving with steak sandwiches. Red onions are $2-$3 a kilo.

FLOWERS

Flowers Winter is a fantastic time of the year to enjoy quality flowers. The cooler weather means buds open slowly, and the vase life is extended. Fill your favourite vase with quality blooms such as freesia, classic white snapdragons, kale, frilly tulips, lavender, lilies, stock, sweet peas, poppies, pink ice, cymbidium orchids, buddleia, protea, leucadendron, roses, forget me knots, jonquils 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, tel 0438 725 453


Published On 2021-07-26 16:03:55

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