Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
31 Aug - 6 Sep 2020


FruitPicked ripe and bursting with natural sweetness pineapple takes centre stage in spring, it’s deliciously sweet and thirsty quenching. Toss pineapple with strawberries and serve with yoghurt, add thick slices to a pizza topping or Pineapples are $2-$5 each, depending on variety.

With their rich-raspberry-red succulent flesh and sweet flavour, blood oranges at $3-$6 a kilo are ideal. This asparagus, watercress & blood orange chicken salad is the perfect combination to start eating litter and fresh and make the most of this September in season fruit and veggies.

New-season Kensington Pride mangoes from the Darwin area are selling for $3-$5 each at your local greengrocer. Adding mango to an Asian style salad imparts a refreshing sweetness. This Asian mango, pork & coriander noodle salad is a treat.

Pink fleshed papaya is a delightful tasting tropical fruit ideal for a healthy breakfast. Papaya is available in three forms small and ova- shaped, large and round or long and narrow. Papaya is a top buy at $3-$6 a kilo.

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

Bananas are a thrifty buy this week at $2-$4 a kilo. Enjoy Banana buttermilk muffins perfect for school lunch boxes or morning and afternoon.

Make the most of plump, antioxidant-rich blueberries while they so inexpensive and top quality. Make blueberry hotcakes. Dust with icing sugar and serve with sliced banana and extra blueberries. Blueberries are only $3 for standard sizes and up to $6 for the jumbo-sized berries.

Select rockmelon with a fragrant aroma and pronounced netting on the skin. Fruit should feel heavy for its size. Queensland rockmelons are refreshing and tasty. Your local greengrocer will have rockmelon for $3-$6 each, depending on size.


VegetablesAdd a bunch of crunchy and versatile Victorian grown celery to your shopping list this week. A $2-$4 a bunch, celery is a bargain.

Large crisp heads Iceberg lettuce from QLD are selling for $2-$3 depending on the size and quality. Use the crunchy leaves shred in sandwiches or toss together a delicious salad like this Vietnamese chilli, chicken and salad.

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 reasonably priced at $1.50-$2 a head.

Baby broccoli (similar to broccolini) is a thrifty buy this week at $2-$3 a bunch, alternatively broccoli is $2.50-$4 a kilo. Add to pasta dishes, stir-fries or serve as a side veggie. Both Broccoli and Baby broccoli are excellent for your immune system and support a heart and circulation health.

Tasty machine-harvested Bowen grown green beans are a choice buy this week at $3-$5 a kilo. Whip up this Asparagus & green beans with chilli & cashews. Handpicked beans are $8-$10 a kilo.

When serving raw onion in salads or with smoked salmon, place the sliced onion into a bowl of icy cold water for 10 minute, as it makes it crisp and reduces pungency. Browns onions are $1-$3 a kilo. Red onions $2-$4 a kilo.

Pick up a bunch or two of wholesome English spinach, its rich-green leaves have a delicate flavour. Washed and trim the bunch and tossed with shavings of parmesan, toasted walnuts and your favourite salad dressing to make a tasty salad or whip up a quick homemade English spinach & cashew dip. English spinach is $1.50-$2 a bunch.

Zucchini are all well supplied. Mild tasting and extremely versatile zucchinis are a thrifty buy at $3-$5 a kilo. Thinly sliced and marinated, raw zucchinis are a tasty addition to a salad, add zucchini to a curry –this eggplant, spinach & zucchini Rendang curry is a flavoursome mid-week meal.

New-season Australian grown asparagus is now available for $3-$4 a bunch.

5 kilo bags of washed and brushed potatoes are the most economical way to purchase potatoes with prices around $3-$6 a bag. Remember to remove potatoes from the plastic bag and store in a cool, dry well ventilated position for maximum shelf life.


FlowersWarmer Spring weather has produced a flush of seasonal blooms, in the Sydney Flower, so your local florist will have a fabulous showcase to inspire you this week. Soft pink blossom, vivid ranunculus, golden daffodils, jonquils, anemone, violets, hellebores, freesia, sweet williams, forget-me-knots, sunflowers, kangaroo paw, stock, sweetpeas, poppies, protea, lavender, protea, kale, orchids, blushing bride, lilies, lisianthus, roses, tulips or purple iris.

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 or 9871 2520.

Published On 2020-09-01 08:38:41

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