Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
26 November - 2 December 2018


FRUIT

Mango lovers rejoice, this season is a bumper one and the quality and value is outstanding at $2-$4 each. Select from Kensington Pride, Calypso, R2E2 and Honey Gold varieties. Trays of mangoes are $20-$30 each, depending in size and variety.

Golden velvety apricots are $5-$12 a kilo depending on size and variety. Pan-fry halved apricots in a little butter and brown sugar until warmed through. Serve with vanilla ice-cream or yoghurt or whip up a batch of our delicious Balsamic Apricots it is delicious served turkey or chicken.

It’s time to enjoy a succulent and natural sweet Aussie grown nectarines and peaches. There are numerous varieties to select from each varying in colour, flavour and flesh texture. Early season nectarines are particularly tasty. Yellow and white fleshed peach and nectarine prices are ranging from price $3-$6 for small fruit through to $6-$10 a kilo for large sized fruit. Try this Roasted Peaches With Pistachio Crumble.

Cherries are the star of the fruit bowl. New season cherries will continue improving in size and value as the season progresses. This week cherries are $5-$25 a kilo, depending on variety and size. Tip: Invest in a cherry pitter this season to make stoning them fast and easy. Then create luscious cherry desserts or a fruity Cherry Relish to serve with leg ham.

New season lychees are delectable. Refreshing and juicy taste, lychees vary with size and can be a larger or small seed variety. The fleshier the fruit the higher the price. Expect to pay $20-$30 a kilo.

Pink fleshed papaya is a delightful tasting tropical fruit ideal for a healthy breakfast. Papaya is available in three forms small and oval shaped, large and round or long and narrow. Papaya is a top buy at $3-$6 a kilo.

Harvesting of new season grapes has started. Look for green skinned Menindee seedless variety for sweet eating and value and the pink skinned Flame Seedless variety. Wash grapes and store in the fridge to ensure they are crisp and firm eating. Grapes are $9-$14 a kilo.

Lime prices are easing as the weather warms up and lemon prices however are on the increasing. Expect to pay $1-$2 per lime or $20-$25 a kilo.

Seedless watermelons are picked ripe and ready to eat. For the best flavour ensure whole watermelons have a good yellow coloured underside, pleasant aroma and feel heavy for their size. Cut watermelon should have a rich, even-coloured crimson flesh. Watermelons are available for the cool price of $1-$1.50 a kilo uncut. Pack colourful chilled melon wedges to serve at the beach or on a relaxed picnic. Oval shaped, long watermelons 60¢- $1 a kilo purchased whole.

VEGETABLES

Irresistible asparagus is $1.50-$2 a bunch. Barbecue, sauté or steam, serve with cracked black pepper and Parmesan cheese. Mix it up and team your green asparagus with purple and white spears in a salad.

Full flavoured punnets of cherry tomatoes for $2-$3 or large Truss tomatoes $4-$6 a kilo. Fleshy, oval shaped Roma tomatoes are $3-6 a kilo and salad tomatoes are a little firmer at $4-$7.

Fast to cook, nutritious and versatile, Asian leafy greens are simply a busy cook’s best friend. Slice and add to stir-fries and noodle dishes or steam and serve as a side dish topped with fresh ginger and soy sauce. Asian leafy greens are $1-$1.50 a bunch.

Versatile celery is a bargain this week at $3-$4 a bunch. Add celery to stir-fries, salads or team in a classic partnership with carrot and onion and use to add flavour to a risotto or sauce.

Choose plump zucchinis with glossy, unblemished skin. Zucchinis are priced at $4-$6 a kilo. Adding grated zucchini to burger patties, increases the nutritional value, keeps them moist and is a great value t hide veggies from fussy eaters. These Vegetable Quinoa Burgers are a family favourite.

Versatile Iceberg lettuce is delicious cut into 6-8 wedges. Place lettuce wedges on a platter and create a salad rich in colours and textures. That is then drizzled with a tasty dressing. Iceberg lettuce prices are around $2-$3 a head.

Hass avocados prices remain around the $2.50-$3 each, depending on size. Try this Watercress, Avocado and Tuna Salad.

Tender, juicy and full of flavour Lebanese cucumbers are a top buy at $2-$3 a kilo. Thinly slice into ribbons and toss with Smoked Salmon for a healthy salad.

If your firing up the barbecue don’t forget to add mushrooms. Fleshy flats (large open mushrooms) have a rich intense flavour and meaty texture and buttons are perfect for threading onto kebabs. Mushrooms are retailing for $8-$12 a kilo.

Cauliflower at $3-$4 a head and broccoli at $3-$5 a kilo, are a healthy and thrifty buy.

FLOWERS

Magnificent peonies are at their best quality and value. Also, in season this week is smoke bush, Christmas bush, hydrangeas in pastels tones and richly coloured shades of blue and mauve, dahlias, dancing lady orchids, holly, Oriental lilies, achilleas, Allium (garlic flowers) agapanthus (white and purple), David Austin roses, delphinium, buddleia, sea holly sunflowers, artichoke flowers, crab claws, king proteas, Canterbury bells, chincherinchee, Leucadendron and lisianthus. Pop into your local florist and pick up a bunch.

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 tel 0438 725 453.



Published On 2018-11-26 15:52:00

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