Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
27 August - 2 September 2018


FRUIT

Make the most of plump, antioxidant rich blueberries while they’re in season. Make blueberry hotcakes (image Blueberry hotcakes with banana) Toss 125g blueberries through your favourite hotcake or pancake recipe. Dust with icing sugar and serve with sliced banana and extra blueberries. Loving the blueberries at $4-$5 a punnet.

Sweet strawberries are in abundance. Slice and serve strawberries on your favourite breakfast cereal with yoghurt, toss into fruit salad, make a healthy smoothie or use them for desserts. Strawberries are $1-$4 a punnet. It’s the perfect time to make the most tastiest jar of homemade microwave strawberry jam, you have ever tried.

Bananas are a thrifty buy this week at $2-$4 a kilo. Banana buttermilk muffins.

Picked ripe and bursting with natural sweetness pineapple takes centre stage in spring, its deliciously sweet and thirsty quenching. Toss pineapple with strawberries and serve with yoghurt, add think slices to a pizza topping or team pineapple pieces with coriander, mint, chilli to make a pineapple & chilli salsa to serve with salmon.

Pineapples are $1.50-$4 each, depending on size.

Select rockmelon with a fragrant aroma and pronounced netting on the skin. Fruit should feel heavy for its size. Pick up a tasty rockmelon for $2-$5 each.

With their rich raspberry-red succulent flesh and sweet flavour, blood oranges at $3-$5 a kilo are ideal. Quick ideas for blood oranges.

  • Use blood orange juice instead of lemon juice to add a refreshing touch to salad dressings.
  • Toss blood orange segments with rocket, shredded fennel and toasted pine nuts for an easy side salad.
  • Make a marinade for chicken and fish, using blood orange juice, olive oil and crushed garlic.

Select whole papaya with golden-yellow coloured skin. A fragrant aroma is a good indication of flavour. If cut, select fruit with bright-coloured, undamaged flesh. For Asian salads choose unripe and very firm, green papaya. Papaya is choice buy at $3-$6 a kilo.

New season Kensington Pride mangoes from the Darwin area are selling for $3-$5 each at your local greengrocer. Have you tried Caramelised Mangoes, it’s a quick mid-week dessert.

VEGETABLES

Kale is packed full of nutrients with just one cup providing about 100% of your daily requirements of vitamins A, C & K. Use kale in similar way to English spinach. Kale is selling for $1.50-$3 a bunch.

Premium quality large snow-white cauliflowers are a bargain at $1.50-$3 a head. Whip up a tasty cauliflower rice.

New season Australian grown asparagus is now available for $2.50-$3 a bunch.

Broccolini is a thrifty buy this week at $2-$3 a bunch, alternatively broccoli is $2-$4 a kilo. Add to pasta dishes, stir-fries or serve as a side veggie. Both Broccoli and Broccolini are good for your immune system and support a heart and circulation health.

Orange fleshed sweet potato, also known as kumara good value at $2-$4 a kilo, depending on size. Delicious mashed, diced and roasted or baked in peeled chunks kumara has a pleasant sweet flavour. Fill up with this scrumptious roasted kumara with eggs & avocado salsa.

With its delicious aniseed flavour and crisp texture, fennel adds vibrancy to spring salads. It has virtually no fat and few kilojoules, and refreshing raw or cooked. Fennel is reasonable priced at $1.50-$2 a head. Try our Fennel, tomato & Italian sausage spaghetti.

Tasty machine harvested Bowen grown green beans are a choice buy this week at $4-$5 a kilo. Whip up this Asparagus & green beans with chilli & cashews. Handpicked beans are $8-$10 a kilo.

Crisp young and tender baby bok choy is a top buy at $1.50-$2 a bunch. Select bunches with crisp pale-cream stems and fresh-looking green leaves. For and easy family dinner steam bok choy or toss into a hot wok and cook until just tender.

Eat light and easy with fast cooking sugar snap and snow peas. Choose bright peas that are firm and plump, but not bulging. Toss together this quick and easy broccoli, snow pea, asparagus stir-fry with salt & pepper squid. Sugar snap peas are $8-$10 and snow pea are good value at $7-$10 a kilo.

FLOWERS

You are spoiled for choice this week as your local florist has a superb selection of seasonal blooms this week’s recommendations include tulips, peris, ranunculus, pieris, daphne, alstroemeria, hellebores, iris, stock, poppies, jonquils, delphiniums, hyacinth, gerbera, Geraldton wax, sweet peas, local roses and fragrant freesias.

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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 2018-08-27 15:35:00

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