Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
5 - 11 August 2019


VEGETABLES

VegetablesCrisp, fresh fennel imparts a rich aniseed flavour to winter casseroles, soups and bakes. It softens deliciously on cooking and compliments a variety of chicken and fish dishes. Fennel is retailing at $1.50-$2 a bulb.

Highly nutritious broccolini is a superb choice for winter. Select bunched broccolini, with crisp vibrant green stems. Broccolini is a top buy at $2.50-$3 a bunch.

Compact snow-white cauliflowers are a top buy at $3-$4 a head. Perfect for a bowl of cauliflower rice or scrumptious roasted.

Wombok is also known as Chinese cabbage is traditionally a pale buttery green in colour. It’s ideal for shredding and adding to a salad or add to a stir-fry. Wokbok is $3-$4 per head.

Locally grown Asian leafy greens and bunched English spinach is a fabulous buy this week at $2-$2.50 a bunch. Enjoy the quality bok choy, choy sum or gai lum steamed or stir-fried. Toss spinach into a hot wok with crunched garlic and toss until just wilted.

Red capsicums are sweet, flavoursome and good value at $4-$6 a kilo. Add capsicum to pizza toppings, salads, stir-fries, char-grill or stuff with a meat and vegetable filling and bake until tender.

Did you know that you can freeze chestnuts? With the season close to finishing up, now is the time to freeze a supply to ensure you have chestnuts on hand to enjoy with your Christmas roast turkey or for making healthy dips or desserts. Chestnuts are available at your local greengrocer for $8-$14 a kilo.

Orange fleshed sweet potato also known as kumara good value at $2-$4 a kilo. Delicious mashed, diced and roasted or baked in peeled chunks kumara has a pleasant sweet flavour.

Vibrant coloured beetroot comes into its own in winter. Select bunches with small to medium-sized bulbs with crisp, green leaves. Roast or boil whole beets. Serve fresh young leaves or boiled, diced beetroot in swish winter salads. Fresh beetroots are $2.50-$3 a bunch. Golden beetroots are also plentiful and delicious.

FRUIT

FruitsCherry tomatoes are bursting with flavour and are a thrifty buy at $3-$4 a punnet.

Prized for their refreshing citrus tang and juiciness, vibrant lemons are in peal supply in winter. Lemons are $4-$6 a kilo.

Arriving in July and available until September blood oranges have a deep ruby red flesh and a delicious tangy raspberry citrus flavour. The colour depends on the variety, exposure to sunlight and growing conditions. Enjoy blood oranges this week for $4-$5 a kilo.

Sweet eating blueberries are a nice change at this time of years prices are easing; expect to pay $4-$5 a punnet.

Aromatic and flavoursome strawberries are also a good source of fibre. This week we should see strawberries on sale for around $2-$3.50 a punnet, depending on growing area, variety, and berry and punnet size.

Luscious early-season Kensington Pride mangoes are now available. Allow firm mangoes to ripen at room temperature until flesh yields to gentle pressure around the stem. Northern Territory mangoes are $4-$7 each, depending on size.

Smooth and creamy Queensland bananas are top value at $2.50-$3.50 a kilo. Make a delicious smoothie by blending 1 peeled banana with 2 cups milk, a small tub of berry yoghurt and a few strawberries or bake a scrumptious Banana, honey & cinnamon bread.

Tangelos are a cross between a grapefruit and a mandarin; they are sweet, tangy and easy to peel. Fruit should feel heavy for their size, as this indicates a good juicy content. Tangelos are $3-$5 a kilo.

FLOWERS

FlowersThe gift of flowers says so much. This week some of the best seasonal buys include cymbidium, violets, hellebores, daphne, stock, sweet peas, freesia, poppies, hypericum, malacca balm, protea, delphinium, cotton, lavender, astilbe, leucadendron, dancing lady, sea holly, blossom, kale, flowering blossom, orchids, blushing bride, lilies, buddleia, sunflowers, spray roses, carnations, freesia, lisianthus, roses, tulips, daffodil, jonquils 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.



Published On 2019-08-05 17:25:00

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