Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
28 January to 2 February 2020


FRUIT

FruitSend the kids back to school with first quenching grapes. Loaded with natural sugar grapes are a smart buy this week. Sunraysia grown grapes are plentiful and the quality first-class. Select from Menindee or Flame seedless for $4-$12 a kilo.

It’s been a bumper season for quality full-flavour-packed peaches and nectarines. The luscious juicy fruit is now coming from Swan Hill, Shepparton and retailing for $4-$12 a kilo. Make the most of fruit while they’re in peak supply. Spice up your stonefruit with a poached spiced summer fruits.

Tasmania cherries season only has two weeks to go so make the most of these divine fruits for $20-$30 a kilo.

Select plump, rosy skinned lychees that feel heavy for their size. Store lychees in an airtight container in the fridge; use within 2 days of purchase. Expect to pay $10-$20 a kilo. Whilst the golf ball sized lychees are $50 a kilo.

There are lots of mangoes available in store including a few new varieties. Keep an eye out for Shelly, which also joined by Brook and Honey Gold. Expect to pay $2-$5 each, depending on the variety.

Perfect for drizzling over yoghurt, ice-cream and desserts, passionfruit is the ultimate summer fruit. Select plump passionfruit that feels heavy for its size. Slightly wrinkled skin means that it’s ripe and ready to eat. Passionfruit are 70¢-$1 each depending on the variety.

Luscious plump raspberries are at their best. Before buying, check the underside of the punnet and avoid squashed berries. The smartest way to store raspberries is to place them on a plate lined with paper-towel, covered with plastic in the fridge. Use within 1–2 days. Tasmanian raspberries are $4-$5a punnet. This raspberry & almond cake is a cracker.

Juicy orange-fleshed rockmelon is picked ripe and ready to eat. For best eating, choose a rockmelon with a fragrant aroma that gives a little when pressed around the stem. Rockmelon are $2-$4 each.

Chill out with watermelon. Watermelon is picked ripe and ready to eat. Choose cut watermelon with bright pink flesh. Rich colour is a good indication of sweetness. When whole, tap the watermelon and it should sound hollow. Seedless watermelon has small edible seeds and is a good choice for kids. Watermelon is $1-$2 a kilo.

Golden-fleshed pineapples are picked ripe and ready to eat. The whole pineapple can be kept for a few days at room temperature but ensure that you wrap cut pineapple in plastic wrap and store it in the fridge. Depending on variety and size pineapples are $2-$3 each. Try Pineapple & chilli salsa with crisp-skin salmon this week.

Juicy plums are naturally sweet and there are lots of varieties varying in colour, shapes and sizes to select from. For a quick dessert arrange sliced plums on squares of readymade puff pastry, sprinkle with caster sugar and bake in a hot oven until pastry is puffed. Plum prices are ranging from $3-$10 a kilo.

Sweet plump figs are delicious eating. Figs are $1-$3 each, depending on variety and size. Remember figs are perishable and should be used quickly. Try using figs in savour dishes like this fig, rocket, prosciutto & feta pizza is delicious.

VEGETABLES

VegetablesEasy-to-assemble, colourful and crunchy salads are the order of the day. Quick preparation time plus packed with flavour and nourishing goodness; pick up this week’s best buy and create tasty salads like Mexican sweetcorn, avocado & ham salad. Now at its seasonal best, deliciously fresh juicy sweetcorn turns a summer meal into a special treat. Cobs of sweetcorn are retailing at 70¢-$1 each.

In abundance in summer, fragrant basil teams well with ripe tomatoes, fresh cheese like bocconcini or ricotta and pasta. Choose vibrant basil with firm leaves and a distinct fresh aroma. Basil is retailing for $3-$4 a bunch.

Firm, red Truss tomatoes are plentiful and great value at $4-$6 a kilo.

Medium and small-sized fennel bulbs are ideal for adding finely shredded to a summer salad. Bulbs are retailing at $1.50-$2 each. This refreshing and tasty salad is ideal for serving on a hot day. Baby fennel, bean & bbq chicken salad.

Snakes beans continue to be a great buy. Ideal for Asian dishes and stir-fries, snakes are complemented by flavours, such as garlic, ginger, tomatoes and fresh herbs. Expect to pay $1.50-$3 a bunch.

Choose the crispiest baby Cos lettuce and store in a plastic container in the fridge. Top tip: Don’t store lettuce next to apples, pears or melons in the fridge as these fruits will cause the lettuce to deteriorate rapidly. Baby Cos, traditional Cos and iceberg are retailing at your local greengrocer for $2-$3 a head.

Red capsicum prices are coming back Expect to pay $4-$8 a kilo, depending on whether it is field grown or glasshouse grown variety. Try our eggplant, capsicum & tomato salad with tahini yoghurt.

Versatile eggplants are a superb buy this week at $3-$6 a kilo. Fresh, young eggplants do not require, disgorging (salting) unless you intend deep-frying. Cut eggplant into 1 cm slices brush with olive oil and grill until soft and golden. Use in a vegetable lasagne instead on pasta, add to a pizza topping or bake and add to summer salads.

Green onions have a mild onion flavour and are ideal for using raw or cooked. Expect to pay $2-$4 a bunch.

Versatile carrots are delicious used raw or cooked. At $1.50-$2.50 a kilo, they are top value. Whip up our super tasty, Moroccan inspired carrot, rocket and chickpea salad, this recipe is sure to become a favourite.

When it comes to fresh herbs and leafy greens, high humidity is having a short-term impact on quality. Leafy greens, like spinach, coriander and rocket should be purchased and used with on the same day as they are currently not storing well.

FLOWERS

FlowersSummer offers a splendid array of flowers to enjoy at home or in the office. Visit your local florist and pick up lisianthus, crab claws, beehive ginger, heliconia, alstroemeria, Siam tulips, pineapple lily, celosia, hydrangea, bachelor buttons, kale, sunflowers, tuberose, pineapple lily, sunflower, trix, local roses, lotus pods, amaranthus, flowering gum, dahlia, bouvardia, lupins, gum nuts, echinacea and orchids.

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 02 9325 6200.



Published On 2020-01-28 17:25:00

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