Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
3 - 9 December 2018
3 weeks until Christmas and the 2018 cherry season is well and truly underway with a wide range of varieties and sizes. Quality is excellent and cherries are ranging in price from $5-$20 a kilo. 2 kilo boxes make a lovely gift at $15-$50.
With their juicy, luscious flesh and fragrant aroma, peaches and nectarines are a popular choice. Both white and yellow flesh fruit is plentiful and the quality outstanding. Depending on your choice or size and variety fruit is selling for $3-$10 a kilo.
Go berry crazy with blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. Mix up your berries and serve with mangoes or get creative with a summer berry pudding for the festive season. This make a head dessert freezes well. Berries are retailing at $3-$6 a punnet.
Blushing apricots make a scrumptious and nutritious snack, as apricots are rich in vitamin A and C. Serve apricots with turkey or chicken or make tangy relish with these gems or bake a delicious Apricot & Almond Upside-Down Cake. Apricots are $4-$12 a kilo, depending on size and variety.
Early Queen, Red Gems and Wilson and the first of the blood plums are now available expect to pay $4-$12 a kilo, depending on variety and size.
New season grapes are plump and sweet. Select bunches that are plump and firmly attached to stem. Grapes are a good source of dietary fibre and are low in kilojoules. Grapes are $7-$12 a kilo; the main varieties are Menindee and Flame seedless.
Fragrant, sunny yellow fleshed mangoes are sweet eating and plentiful. Expect to pay $2-$4 each depending on size and variety. Perfect for a delicious snack or dessert fruit or use a salsa. Serve diced mango chopped red chilli, lime juice, avocado and chopped coriander leaves. Serve with barbecued pork, chicken or fish.
Chilled, juicy rosy-fleshed watermelon wedges make the ultimate thirst quencher on hot summer days. Choose cut watermelon with deep even colour. Pack icy cold watermelon wedges to take to the pool, beach or on a picnic. Team watermelon wedges with baby rocket, Persian feta and black olives in a cool summer salad. Whole watermelon is available for 70¢- $1.50 a kilo or seedless watermelon is $1-$2.50 a kilo.
For value, convenience and versatility you can’t bet creamy Innisfail bananas at $1.50-$3 a kilo.
The price of juicy, exotic tasting lychees varies with size of the fruit and the seed. Small seed varieties such as Fay Zee Sui are selling for approx. $18-$20 a kilo while large seed varieties such as Bengal have less flesh and can be picked up for $10 -$15 a kilo
Refreshing and sweet Lebanese cucumbers are good value at $2-$3 a kilo. These cucumber ribbon salads are perfect for entertaining or a special family meal.
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. Baby fennel $1.50-$2 each. Add fennel to a salad like this Kumato, fennel, bean & haloumi salad.
Full flavoured truss cherry tomatoes are a nice buy at $3-$4 for a 250g punnet or pick up a punnet of cherry tomatoes for $2-$3, salad tomatoes $3-$6 a kilo and truss tomatoes $4-$6. This Tomato, fennel & burrata salad is delicious way of enjoy the colour and flavour of tomatoes.
Zucchini are a choice buy at $3-$5 a kilo. Try slicing them in half lengthwise, score, then brush with a little olive oil and place on the barbecue or grill plate, cook turning once until tender. Zucchini are great value at $3-$5 a kilo.
Full of energy and warmth, kumara is excellent value at $2-$4 a kilo. Kumara is versatile; it can be baked, fried, boiled, steamed or used instead of potato in most recipes. This festive Mexican Chilli, Sweetcorn & Kumara Salad is packed with goodness and flavour.
Start cool with crispy salads made with versatile Cos and Iceberg lettuce are $2.50-$3 a head.
Radishes are totally underrated; their crisp texture and mild mustard flavour add a delicious pop of flavour and texture to summer salads. Greengrocers offer an ever-expanding range of radish. Whatever the variety, select bunches with firm bulbs and fresh green leaves. $1-$4, depending on variety.
"Fresh flowers are more noticeable by their absence." There is a fabulous selection of flowers around this week, check out Queen Anne lace, sunflowers, gladioli, hydrangeas (white, blue, crimson and soft pink), peonies, roses, oriental lilies, boronia, buddleia, lisianthus, liatris, roses, Christmas bush, holly, iris, gerbera, celosia, proteas and agapanthus. Tropical favourites include beehive, heliconia and crab claws. Team with interesting greenery to fill and complement your arrangement. 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 2018-12-03 15:24:00Print Page