Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
31 JANUARY - 6 FEBRUARY 2022


FRUIT

Fruit Snap sweet and juicy lychees this week to enjoy for Lunar New Year. The season is coming to an end shortly, and you don’t want to miss out on these exquisite tropical fruits. Most lychees will be $8-$20 a kilo, depending on the variety.

Longan, also known as ‘Dragons’ Eyes,’ are sold in clusters still attached to branches, longans, have a sweet, jelly-like flesh like lychees. This week you can pick up a kilo for $10-$20.

Mango prices are $3-$6 each, depending on size and variety. The most abundant varieties are R2E2 and Calypso. The carbohydrate found in mangoes has a low GI, which means it’s absorbed slowly and will provide you with sustained energy.

Late summer is the best time to make the most of plums. Savour a juicy, Tegan blue, Amber Jewel, Blood or Angelina plum as a snack, poach, stew or microwave to serve with yogurt or custard. Plums sell for $4-$12 a kilo, depending on the variety.

Seedless grapes varieties like Menindee, Ralli, Muscatels, Sapphire, Flame and Black Beauty are plentiful and the superb quality. Sunraysia grown grapes are plentiful and the quality first-class. Add a bunch or two of new season grapes to your shopping list; depending on variety; grapes range in price from $3-$15 a kilo.

New-season Williams’ pears are now available at your local greengrocer from January to May. Williams’ pears are fast ripening, sweet and juicy. When fully ripe, the skin turns from green to a golden colour. Use firm under-ripe fruit for baking and poaching. New-season William pears from Shepparton are $3-$5 a kilo, depending on size.

Creamy, delicious bananas are loaded with nutrients. Serve banana smoothies to kids after school for a refreshing energy-packed drink. Go banana’s this week for only $2.50-$4 a kilo.

Sweet eating seedless watermelons are harvested ripe and ready to eat. For a simple salad, serve summery watermelon slices with haloumi, mint rocket and black olives. The whole watermelon is available for $1-$2 a kilo. Your local greengrocer will also stock wedges and halves.

Tangy limes are plentiful and very affordable at $3-$7 a kilo or 30¢-60¢ each; look for bulk buy specials. To maximise the volume of juice you get from a lime, roll limes between your palm and the benchtop to loosen fibres before cutting and juicing. The juicy lime dressing in this salad certainly makes it moreish try this Coriander, mint and lime chicken noodle salad.

Have you tried dragonfruit? This fleshy and juicy fruit is a member of the cactus family. There are two varieties to choose pink skin with vibrant crimson flesh dotted with edible black seeds. The other variety has a yellowish skin colour with a clear to white flesh containing edible black seeds. Queensland grown white flesh and red dragonfruit are plentiful this week and available for $4-$15 a kilo, depending on size and quality.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Versatile snake beans are in season and tender, steam, or stir-fry to serve as a side dish or add to a stir-fry. Snake beans are $3-$4 a bunch.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year by cooking up a delicious banquet filled with fresh Asian greens like bok choy; need inspiration, click here. Bok choy (also known as Shanghai Bok Choy in NSW) is perfect for stir-fries or steaming; serve with garlic and soy sauce using the tender, light green leaves, and stem. Mild-flavoured bok choy is an excellent buy at $2-$2.50 a bunch. Gong Xi Fa Cai (Wishing you happiness and prosperity).

Bean sprouts are perfect in stir-fry dishes, and at $1.50 for a 400g packet, they are good value, as you do not need many to add bulk, texture, and taste.

On choy (also known as water spinach or Kang Kong) is in season and available at your local greengrocer for $2-$2.50 a bunch. This delicate flavoured green leafy vegetable is a tasty and colourful addition to a stir-fry. Serve it tossed with other veggies or stir-fried a few bunches with XO sauce, garlic, and ginger. It’s fast to cook and delicious.

Fleshy, red capsicums are a thrifty buy at $6-$10 a kilo, depending on if they are field-grown capsicums or glasshouse grown.

Radishes crisp texture, mild mustard flavour and attractive colour make them ideal for adding a delicious pop of flavour and texture to summer salads. Pick up a bunch for $2.50 -$4, depending on the variety.

Versatile carrots have a superb flavour and are rich in vitamin A. This variety is distinguishable by its deep orange colour and shorter and thicker shape; expect to pay $2-$2.50 a kilo.

Broccolini is excellent value at $2.50-$3 a bunch. We highly recommend char-grilling it and serving it with tahini chicken, check out the recipe. It’s delicious hot or cold.

Fresh sweetcorn is succulent, naturally sweet and a truly delicious eating experience provided it is cooked and eaten as soon after picking as possible. Corn is retailing for 60¢-$1 a cob.

Baby fennel bulbs with their delicate aniseed flavour are the perfect addition to summer salads. Finely shred and team with medley tomatoes in a salad or risotto. Fennel marries superbly with oranges potatoes, mushrooms, seafood, and lamb. Baby fennel is available at your local greengrocer for $1.50-$2.50 a bulb.

FLOWERS

Flowers It is a fabulous time for a whole range of glorious flowers including teddy bear sunflowers, flowering gum, zinnia, hypericum, dancing lady orchids, pineapple lilies, heliconia, local dahlia, roses and deep red chrysanthemum. This week red and gold flowers are very popular for Lunar New Year.




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 2022-01-31 12:33:00

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