Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
4 - 10 February 2019


FruitCurvaceous figs are simple yet sophisticated; their delicate soft pink flesh combines well with savoury foods like pancetta, soft cheeses and nuts, as their natural sweetness also teams deliciously with acidic flavours like raspberries oranges or blue cheese. This recipe combination is divine. Fig, Honeyed Walnut & Blue Cheese Salad. Figs a reasonably priced at 40¢-$3 each, depending on size or look for bulk buy punnets.

Late summer peaches and nectarines are still good eating but they also make a top dessert fruit – try them roasted with this Roasted peaches with sweet shiraz syrup recipe. Peaches and nectarines are $3-$10 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

There is nothing quite like a new season apple. Bilpin, Batlow and Stanhope apple harvest are underway and Royal Gala variety are sweet, juicy and crisp. Available from February through to August, Royal Gala apples are a medium sized and the skin has a yellow base with red flushes. Greengrocers are selling Royal Galas apples for $3-$8 a kilo.

New season Williams pears from Shepparton in Victoria are sweet, juicy and flavoursome. Depending on the size, Williams pears are $2-$4 a kilo. Add flavoursome pear slice to salads, team with rocket, parmesan and toasted walnuts or bake a batch of these moist and delicious pear and pecan muffins for a back to school treat.

Add a bunch or two of new season grapes to your shopping list. Just picked, bunches are bursting with sweetness. Seedless varieties like Menindee, Thompson, Ralli, Flame and Cardinal are plentiful and the superb quality. Add sweet, juicy grapes to children’s lunch boxes or sprinkle a little sweetness into your salads. Depending on variety grapes are ranging in price from $3-$10 a kilo.

Tangy limes are plentiful and very affordable at 40¢-80¢each or 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 lime juicy dressing in this salad certainly makes it zingy and moreish Coriander, mint & lime chicken noodle salad. Limes are $3-$8 a kilo or 30¢-80¢ each.

Oval shaped Sugar plums are extra sweet, small to medium-sized, with a red to dark red skin and yellow-green flesh. Serve fruit stewed with ice cream or use fruit to make pie or crumble. Sugar plums are $4-$6 a kilo.


VegetablesIf you are looking for an ingredient that is rich in flavour and very easy to prepare then you can’t go pass mushrooms. They cook in minutes and add loads of flavour to stir-fries, casseroles and pizza toppings. Mushrooms are the only ingredient in the fresh produce aisle to supply vitamin D. Mushrooms $10-$13 a kilo.

Slender, fleshy and dark green in colour, snake beans are tender, mild-flavoured and versatile. Snake beans are at their peak freshness and value early autumn and selling for $2-$3 a bunch.

Turn the humble butternut pumpkin into a star performer this week. Serve roasted pumpkin hot or add cold to a salad. Roasted pumpkin adds sweetness to a curry, risotto or pasta dish. Butternut pumpkins are $1.50-$3 a kilo whole and $2-$3 a kilo once cut. Try our Roast jap pumpkin salad with soy dressing.

In abundance in summer, fragrant basil teams well with ripe tomatoes, soft cheese like feta or ricotta and pasta. Choose vibrant basil with firm leaves and a distinct fresh aroma. Basil retails at $2-$3 a bunch.

Versatile carrots have a superb flavour and are rich in vitamin A. This variety is distinguishable by their deep orange colour and shorter and thicker shape; expect to pay $1.50-$2.50 a kilo.

Boiled, baked, mashed, roasted, steamed or fried potatoes have the ability to absorb flavours and yet still retain their own character and distinctive flavour. Brushed, Desiree and washed potatoes are $2-$4 a kilo loose, or look for specials like a 5 kilo bag for $4-$6. This is Potato, Gremolata & Pine Nut Salad recipe perfect to serve with a barbecue.

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 will with superbly with oranges potatoes, mushrooms, seafood and lamb. Add a few to the shopping basket this week to enjoy this week. Baby fennel is available at your local greengrocer for $2-$2.50 a bulb.


FlowersWith the Lunar New Year starting Tuesday 5th February, red and gold flowers are very popular choices include yellow polaris chrysanthemums, gladioli, pink Orientals and red flowers like celosia. Also, in season are tuberoses, pineapple lilies, flowering gum, lisianthus, heliconia, gerbera, sunflowers, dahlias, David Austin roses, zinnia, hydrangea, lotus pods, crab claws, roses, celosia, sunflowers, Siam tulip, queen anne lace, dahlias, water lilies, amaranthus, lupins, gerbera and a super range of greenery. To obtain the maximum vase life, remember to trim the stems and refresh the water every 2 days.

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. Please credit source if republishing images or copy.

Published On 2019-02-04 13:15:00

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