Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
28 FEBRUARY - 6 MARCH 2022


FRUIT

Fruit Your local greengrocer will have a fabulous section of tasty plums, each variety varying in colour, shape and flavour. You will find most plum varieties for $3-$7 a kilo, except for Queen Garnet, which are $15-$20 a kilo. Whip a quick dessert with tangy plums; this easy plum crumble can be on the table in 30 minutes.

Grapes are plentiful and offer super value; there are numerous green, pink and black-skinned varieties now in season, prices range from $3-$20 a kilo, depending on the type. Have you tried Cotton Candy grapes? Cotton Candy grapes are a variety of white table grapes. They are highly perfumed and extra sweet — they certainly have the aroma and taste of fairy floss.

Lime prices are firming a little due to harvesting issues due to the rain up North; however, limes are still good value at 40-$1 each or $3-$10 a kilo.

New-season Royal Gala and Fuji apples are sweet and crunchy. Depending on the variety, quality and size, expect to pay $3-$8 a kilo.

New-season William pears and Packham pears range from $2-$4 a kilo.

It is the perfect time to enjoy cooking with late-season peaches and nectarines. Desserts like this peach and passionfruit tart or roasted peaches with sweet shiraz syrup are easy to prepare. Peaches and nectarines are available for $3-$7 a kilo. There are still many varieties and sizes available, so make the most of peaches and nectarines before the season wraps up.

Lemons prices are easing, and retail prices will now range from $2-$7 a kilo, depending on quality and size.

Plump, ripe salad Victorian field-grown tomatoes are good value this week at $3-$5 a kilo, depending on size. Look for bulk buy specials or prepacked bags to save more.

Refreshing, crimson fleshed seedless watermelon is a smart buy this week at $1.50 a kilo when purchased whole. Once cut into wedges or halves, watermelon will retail at $2.50-$3 a kilo.

New-season Australian grown Shepard avocados are great eating at this time of year and a bargain at $1-$3 each. This pear-shaped avocado has a butter-flavour, smooth green skin, and its flesh does not brown (oxidise) once cut. Alternatively, grab a large Reed avocado; this round, smooth, green-skinned variety is flavoursome and very fleshy and only $2-$3 each.

Berry fruits from Tasmania are of excellent quality and good eating. Select from blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.

JUST STARTING: Custard apples, persimmons, olives, red love apples and jujube.

Finding specials in vegetable lines will be problematic, as excessive levels of rain and flooding have impacted harvesting and reduced the volume of quality. Deliveries from farm to market are delayed as trucks manoeuvre around road closures. Moving forward, we predict unseasonal delays in planting for some lines and unseasonal price spikes for a few weeks.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Beetroot sweet earthy flavour is delicious raw or cooked. Peel raw beetroot and thinly slice to enjoy in salads or wrap whole beets in foil and roast until tender, serve warm whole or dice. Beetroots are $3-$4 a bunch, so add some colour to your diet.

Fresh carrots are sweet in flavour, and their versatility makes them perfect for autumn meals. Enjoy carrots raw in salads or feature them in stir-fries, casseroles, soups and meaty based pasta sauces. This carrot, zucchini, apple and walnut loaf is a sweet treat if you are into baking. Carrots are terrific value at $1.50-$2 for a kilo bag and up to $3 for larger-sized carrots, sold loose.

Bean sprouts are delicious stir-fried, added to a spicy laksa, noodle dish or enjoyed in a veggie and chicken nasi goreng. At $1.50- $3 for 200g-400g packet they are good value. Add a pack or two to your shopping list this week.

Kumaras attractive orange flesh and rich, creamy texture is delicious roasted and enjoyed hot or cold in a salad or couscous dish. Kumara teams deliciously with spices like ginger, coriander or cumin. Medium to large-sized kumara is $2-$4 a kilo.

Turn a versatile pumpkin into a fabulous meal this week. Jap pumpkins have bright orange flesh and a sweet, nutty flavour that roasts up deliciously. Try this Moroccan roasted butternut pumpkin with feta. Expect to pay $1-$2 a kilo for a whole Jap pumpkin and up to $3 a kilo once cut.

FLOWERS

Flowers Late summer – early autumn is a fabulous time for a whole range of glorious flowers. Despite the rain, there are still good supplies of lisianthus, pineapple lily, Siam tulips, sedum, beehive ginger, kale, roses, chrysanthemums, hanging amaranth, tulips, bachelor button, snowberry, asters, Veronica, queen Annes lace and tiger lily. Late season hydrangeas are also still available.




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 2022-02-28 16:19:11

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