Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
5 - 11 February 2018
Snap up a bargain with juicy Valencia oranges. Whilst the skin colour will be tinged with green pigment at this time of year the fruit is loaded with juicy and a generous serving of vitamin C. Valencia oranges are $2-$4 a kilo. Many greengrocers offer a 3-kilo net bag at specials prices like $4-$6.
Luscious figs are soft, sweet and naturally sweet. Figs are superb eaten raw or cooked, and they work well with sweet or savoury. Figs team deliciously with soft and salty cheeses (feta, ricotta, gorgonzola), prosciutto, chocolate, nuts, pork, duck, wine, honey, vanilla, orange, cinnamon, fennel, cream, sugar and rosemary, expect to pay 50-$3 each.
Grapes are bursting with flavour right now. The Black Muscats are superb eating. For seedless varieties select the green Menindee, Sultana and Thompson seedless and red Flame seedless grapes. are packed with sweet, juicy goodness. Depending on variety grapes are retailing for $4-$10 a kilo.
Ripe rockmelons have a strong, sweet and distinctive aroma. Like many fruits rockmelons continue to ripen after harvesting. Once cut, store melons covered in the refrigerator. Rockmelons are selling $2-$5 each.
Get creative with juicy plums for $3-$7 a kilo. Try Pan-Stewed Plums with Vanilla.
Late summer peaches and nectarines are still superb 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-$7 a kilo, depending on variety and size.
New season Williams pears at $2-$4 a kilo and Royal Gala apples at $4-$7 a kilo, are perfect for a healthy snack and adding to a school lunch box.
Creamy with a nutty flavour Shepard avocado are in season. Reduced supplies will see avocados retailing at $3-$6 each, depending on size. Avocados contain good unsaturated fat and are the richest source of vitamin E of all the fruits and vegetables.
Have you tried dragonfruit? This fleshy and juicy fruit is a member of the cactus family. There are two varieties to choice from one with a pink skin and 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-$6 each.
Select slender, crisp snake beans with some flexibility when bent. Store bunches in a plastic bag in the fridge, and use within 2 days. Snake beans are a bargain at $2-$3 a bunch. Alternative pick up a kilo of machine harvested green beans from Victoria for $3-$4 a kilo and handpicked $7-$10 a kilo. Asian snake bean, herb and chilli salad.
Versatile celery is ideal for eating raw or cooked. Add celery to a salad with new season apples or toss in a hot wok with beef and oyster sauce. Celery is $2-$4 a bunch depending on size.
Tuck into a juicy sweetcorn this week for only 50¢-80¢ per cob.
If 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, salads, pizza toppings and minces meat dishes like spaghetti bolognaise or burgers. Mushrooms are the only ingredient in the fresh produce aisle to supply vitamin D. Mushrooms $9-$12 a kilo.
Radishes are totally underrated; their crisp texture and mild mustard flavour add a delicious pop of flavour and texture to summer salads. Pick up a bunch for $2.50-$4, depending on variety.
For good value, be sure to snap up a whole pumpkin. Cheaper when purchased whole, pumpkins are smooth creamy flesh is loaded with vitamins A & C and fibre. Add diced pumpkin to curries or roast large wedges with the skin on to really intensify the flavour. Add cooked pumpkin to a salad, couscous or pasta dish. Whole pumpkins are selling for around 80¢ -$2 a kilo.
5 kilo bag of washed, brushed and Desiree potatoes is a fabulous big for a family at $3-$6.
Next week’s Valentine’s Day so get in touch with your florist and order today.
What’s in season flowering gum, torch ginger, buddleia, gerbera, celosia, hydrangea, tuberose, crab claws, roses, sunflowers, pineapple lily, Queen Anne Lace, dahlias, snap dragons, bouvardia, oriental lilies, water lilies, amaranthus, lupins, 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, Marketing Consultant on 02 9325 6200.
Published On 2018-02-06 15:35:00Print Page