Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
29 NOVEMBER - 5 DECEMBER 2021


FRUIT

Fruit Flavoursome yellow-fleshed peaches and nectarines from the Riverland region are delicious, and prices range from $4-$15 a kilo.

Mango lovers don’t hold back; luscious Queensland mangoes are premium quality and value. Select from Kensington Pride, Calypso, R2E2 and Honey Gold varieties for $2-$4 each. Trays of mangoes are $25-$45. depending on the size and variety.

Shiny, delicate blackberries ($3.50-$6 a punnet) are range in colour from deep purple to black. Choose berries that are deep and evenly coloured; blackberries should be sweet and tart but never sour tasting. Serve blackberries with pancakes, puree into a coulis to serve with ice cream, add to a crumble, berry trifle or serve with meringue and cream.

For value, convenience and versatility, you can’t bet creamy Innisfail bananas at $2-$3 a kilo. Add a bunch to your shopping basket this week.

While the weather is mild, it’s a good time to cook with apricots, pan-fry halved apricots in a dab of butter and brown sugar until warmed through. Serve with vanilla ice cream or yoghurt. Alternatively, cook up a batch of our delicious balsamic apricots; they are perfect for serving with turkey or chicken. Golden velvety apricots are $7-$15 a kilo, depending on size and variety. You will find Aussie grown apricots at your local greengrocer until January.

In just one week, we have seen an improvement in the flavour of cherries. Cherry growers need warmer weather, so fruit increases in size and intensifies in flavour as we move to Christmas. Cherry prices range from $15-$50 a kilo, depending on variety, size and quality. It could be an excellent week to whip a batch of this super easy microwave cherry relish to have ready to serve with your Christmas ham or turkey.

Melons from the subtropics are eating nicely and offer good value. Pick up a golden rind Candy melon for $2-$4 each, depending on size.

Sweet eating seedless watermelons are harvested ripe and ready to eat, so there is no need to wait for them to ripen once you get them home. For a simple summer dessert, serve a platter of chilled juicy watermelon wedges with cubes of luscious Turkish delight. The whole watermelon is available for $1.50-$1.90 a kilo. Your local greengrocer will also stock wedges and halves.

Hass avocados are still a bargain at $1-$1.50 each.

Tropical tasting papaya is packed full of goodness. Papaya is available in three forms small and oval-shaped, large and round or long and narrow. Papaya is a top buy at $4-$6 a kilo.

Naturally sweet and irresistible Victorian strawberries at $2.50-$6 a punnet or $7-$10 for large fruit on plates are a healthy choice.

Menindee seedless grapes and the pink-skinned Flame Seedless variety from Emerald in Queensland are sweet and crunchy. Wash grapes and store them in the fridge to ensure they are crisp and firm eating. Grapes are $10-$20 a kilo.

New-season lychees are delectable. Refreshing and juicy taste, lychees vary with size and, depending on variety, can have large or small seeds -the fleshier the fruit, the higher the price. Expect to pay $30-$60 a kilo.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Bok choy is simply a busy cook’s best friend; they are fast to cook, nutritious and versatile, plus they are a bargain at $2-$2.50 a bunch. Slice and add to stir-fries and noodle dishes or steam and serve as a side dish topped with fresh ginger and soy sauce.

With its delicious aniseed flavour and crisp texture, baby fennel adds vibrancy to spring salads. It has virtually no fat and few kilojoules and refreshing raw or cooked. Add fennel to a salad like this tasty Kumato, fennel, bean and haloumi salad. Baby fennel $1-$1.50 each.

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

Fresh beetroots are a good buy at $3-$4 a bunch. Select bulbs of a similar size so they will cook at the same time. Bake, steam or microwave beets; the cooking time will vary depending on the size of the bulbs. Add diced beetroot to a salad. Try a combination of beetroot, watercress, toasted walnuts and goat’s cheese.

One kilo bags of carrots are a bargain this week at $2-$2.50. Loose carrots are selling for $2.50-$3 a kilo. Add carrots to salad, grate or thinly julienned carrots for serving raw. This carrot, rocket and spiced chickpea salad is ultra-easy to make and so delicious.

Superfood mushrooms are a must-have on the shopping list. Simply adding three button mushrooms to your diet has significant health benefits. This mushroom, leek and chorizo pasta bake can be on the table in 30 minutes. Mushrooms are $10-$12 a kilo.

Summer radishes add a pleasing peppery flavour to salads and crudités. Newer varieties of radish include the watermelon radish, French radish and multi-coloured mixed bunches. Radishes are selling for $2.50 -$4 a bunch, depending on the variety.

Fresh, vibrant green English spinach is $2-$2.50 a bunch. Enjoy this leafy green in salads, add to stir-fry dishes, risotto or toss into a hot frypan and cook for a minute. It is quick and easy to cook and tastes great with a sprinkle of nutmeg or fried spring onion.

Add char-grill Victorian asparagus to your healthy salads; this week, a bunch from your local greengrocer is $2.50-$3.50, depending on size and variety. Some greengrocers are also now stocking purple asparagus.

Supercharge your meals with the goodness of golden flesh sweet potato, also known as kumara. Add fibre rich sweetness and to salads, curries or a tortilla. Sweet potato is also ideal for cutting into long wedges for roasting or deep-frying. Serve wedges with a spicy avocado dip. Sweet potato is $2.50-$3 a kilo.

FLOWERS

Flowers Stunning flowering gum is now in season. Superb peonies, Christmas bush, hydrangeas in pastels tones and richly coloured shades of blue and mauve, Sydney grown 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, tel 0438 725 453


Published On 2021-11-29 15:27:00

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