Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
4 - 10 JANUARY 2021
Berries are well plentiful, so grab a few punnets this week, Victorian strawberries are $2-$5, blueberries at $2-$4, raspberries are $3-$4 and blackberries are $2-$6. Berries are highly perishable, so use within 1-2 days of purchasing for maximum quality.
Flavoursome peaches and nectarines continue to be a standout buy from your local greengrocer. Yellow-fleshed and white-fleshed fruit is now coming from orchards in Victoria and South Australia and has a good shelf life, expect to pay $3-$10 a kilo, depending on variety and size.
Premium Australian apricots are $4-$6 a kilo, softer fruit maybe a little cheaper. Here is a lovely way to enjoy peaches with fresh strawberry sauce & ice-cream.
Luscious, juicy and refresh lychees are a seasonal favourite. Just 100g of lychees provides your daily recommended dietary intake of vitamin C for a day. Lychees are available at your local greengrocer for $20-$50 a kilo, depending on variety and size. Enjoy them as a healthy snack or in a quick dessert, like this lychees & mangoes in lime syrup.
Sweet eating late-season cherries. Cherries are coming from South Australia, Tasmanian and Victoria. Cherries are superb quality expect to pay $15-$30 a kilo, depending on variety and size.
Golden or red-fleshed tangy plums are in season from December to early May. Poached plums are delicious served with yoghurt, char-grill plums on the barbecue or added sliced plums to salads. Plums are $7-$12 a kilo, depending on variety and size.
Juicy with a delicate crunch, new season grapes are bursting with natural sweetness. Select from Menindee, Crimson seedless, Sultana or the black-skinned seedless Black Beauty and Samphire grapes. Depending on the variety grapes are white grapes are $4-$8 a kilo and red and black varieties $5-$7 a kilo the premium Samphire are $20 a kilo.
Vibrant, refreshing Australian grown limes have a unique tangy citrus taste and are top value 40¢-60¢ each. Limes are ideal for using in cheesecakes, meringue pies, puddings, sauces and salad dressing. For a super tasty meal this week try this coriander, mint & lime chicken noodle salad. A 1-kilo net of limes is around $4 at your local greengrocer.
Summer is the peak time for richly flavoured tomatoes. There are numerous different varieties to in summer, so now it’s the perfect time to enjoy a range of tomatoes with different shapes, colours, textures and flavours. Truss tomatoes are an excellent buy at $3-$5 a kilo. We also think the flesh Roma locally grown tomatoes are good value at $4-$6 a kilo.
Exotic looking dragonfruit are fleshy, juicy and delicate flavoured. There are two varieties to choose from: pink with its vibrant crimson flesh dotted with edible black seeds. The other variety is white-fleshed which is also peppered with tiny black edible seeds. Northern Territory grown fruit is in season now and available for $5-$8 a kilo.
If you’re firing up the barbecue and looking for low-fat options than add mushrooms to the hot plate. Buttons are perfect for kebabs, and the jumbo flats are the ideal meat substitute. Mushrooms are $10-$12 a kilo. This BBQ mushrooms with goat’s cheese, basil & tomatoes recipe is quick, easy and utilize a few of this week’s best buys.
Aromatic basil is at its tastiest in summer. Take advantage of the premium value and quality, and team basil with tomato-based dishes, blend a batch of homemade pesto to enjoy with fresh pasta or tear leaves and add to salads and dressings. Basil is $3-$3.50 a bunch.
January is the ideal time to enjoy locally grown eggplants. Slice eggplant and liberally brush or spray with olive oil. Arrange eggplant slices on a preheated greased barbecue or char-grill and cook with the lid down to retain moisture for 2-3 minutes on each side until lightly charred and tender. Cook up an eggplant burger: Serve barbecued eggplant on a toasted brioche bun with baby rocket leaves, sliced tomatoes and sriracha mayonnaise. Eggplants are $3-$5 a kilo.
At this time of year, low kilojoule, colourful flavour-packed salads are essential. Salads are a great way to ensure that your diet is rich in colour vegetables. Salads should never be boring, so make sure there is lots of texture, and a great dressing will take your salad to a new level. Here 3 OF THE BEST... SUPER SALAD DRESSINGS
Snake beans are good value at $2-$3 a bunch. Snake beans have a taste and texture similar to a green bean, but unlike other beans they are approximately 30cm in length and sold in bunches. To prepare, cut beans crossways into lengths, microwave, boil, steam or stir-fry.
Zucchinis are a breeze to prepare. No need to peel, simply slice, dice or grate. Their mild flavour makes them a hit with the kids. Add them to pasta dishes like this zucchini, tomato & basil spaghetti with ricotta, rissoles, risotto, cakes and salads. Zucchinis are selling for at $3-$5 a kilo, depending on size.
Fresh sweetcorn is succulent, naturally sweet and a truly delicious eating experience, provided corn is cooked and eaten as soon after picking as possible. Corn is retailing for $1-$1.50 a cob. Did you know that sweetcorn is a source of potassium that may help balance the sodium in salty foods? Try our recipe for Mexican-style sweetcorn.
Versatile carrots are top value at $1.20-$2.50 a kilo. Whether you’re a vegetarian or just trying to eat more plant-based food that these veggie lentil burgers with avocado are a great way to enjoy more nutritious, fibre-rich vegetables and feel satisfied.
Baby fennel with its crisp texture and delicate aniseed flavour is the perfect addition to summer salads. Choose firm fennel with fresh green fronds. Baby fennel bulbs are $1.50-$2.50 each.
Bright up your home or office desk with flowering gum, sunflowers, hydrangea, lisianthus, zinnia, dahlias, pineapple lilies, local roses, bouvardia, celosia, scabiosa tuberose, zinnia, oriental lilies, water lilies, amaranthus, lupins, Queen Ann’s lace and lotus pods 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, Retail Support Manager on tel 0438 725 453
Published On 2021-01-04 23:14:00Print Page