Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
6 - 12 SEPTEMBER 2021


FRUIT

Fruit Australians love their strawberries, and right now is the peak time to enjoying luscious sweet eating strawberries at a great price; pick up strawberries for $1-$3 for a 250g punnet, or extra larges strawberries are $5-$6 for a 500g plate. You’re your delicious fresh strawberries into quick strawberry cheesecake sundaes.

Don’t miss out on the last of the season late-season blood oranges. Their stunning coloured juice is sweet and tangy. Blood oranges are unique as they are one of the only citrus fruit to supply anthocyanins and antioxidants (which are more commonly found in blueberries, cherries and red wine). Enjoy a kilo of juicy blood oranges this week for $3-$7.

Their attractive purplish-blue colour and sweet flavour, plus their high antioxidant qualities, make blueberries a popular and healthy choice. Make the most o the quality and value, as blueberries are only $2.50-$3 a punnet for standard sizes and up to $6 for the jumbo-sized berries. Great creative with blueberries, this banana, blueberry and chia loaf is a deliciously moist cake that keeps well.

Spring pineapples are sweet eating. Enjoy them in a fruit salad; add them to a Thai style curry, a sweet and sour dish; kids love a classic ham and pineapple pizza or team with spring fruits for a vitamin-rich dessert salad. Small-sized Queensland grown pineapples are $3-$4 each, larger sizes $5-$6 each. Home-made pizza with fresh pineapples is delicious; try our easy recipe, fresh pineapple, bacon and tomato pizza.

Brimming with healthy goodness, tropical-tasting papaya from the Mossman area of Far North Queensland is a bargain this week at $3-$6 each. A fragrant aroma is a good indication of good flavour. If cut, select fruit with bright-coloured, undamaged flesh.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Snow-white cauliflowers are a thrifty buy this week at $2.50-$3 ahead. Roast up a tray of cauliflower florets until they are brown and add to a spring salad, fried rice, lentil dish, or serve with a tahini dip. Cauliflower is a good source of vitamin K one of the many nutrients that contributes to good bone health.

Leafy English spinach is a super good value at $2-$2.50. Spinach is rich in an antioxidant called lutein, which is essential for eye health. Boost your green intake this week with versatile spinach and silverbeet. Delicious hot or cold, this spinach, silverbeet and ricotta pie is a Greek favourite.

Versatile and mild-tasting zucchinis are a good buy this week at $3-$6 a kilo, depending on quality and size.

Nutritious and flavoursome broccoli is available this week for $3-$5 a kilo. Broccoli will quickly deteriorate if it is not stored correctly. Store broccoli in a vented plastic bag in the refrigerator and use within 5 days

Nutty flavoured broad beans are available for $8-$12 a kilo. Remove bean from the pod, shell a second time, then simmer in boiling water until just tender. Broad beans team superbly with chicken, lamb, mushrooms, feta, mint, potatoes and artichokes.

Crisp textured with a mild aniseed flavour, fennel is a Mediterranean vegetable that teams superbly with citrus, tomatoes, potatoes, seafood, lamb and chicken. Delicious served raw or cooked, fennel offers shoppers good value at $1-$2 a bulb. Try our recipe for grape tomato, prawn, chilli and fennel linguine.

Keep springtime dining light and easy with crisp sugar snap and snow peas. Choose bright peas that are firm and plump but not bulging. Grab a headful of both pea, varieties to steam and toss peas with chopped fresh mint, crumbled low-fat ricotta cheese and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Sugar snap and snow peas are good value at $8-$12 a kilo.

Golden coloured sweetcorn is a tasty and versatile vegetable. Serve a hot cob with butter and salt and pepper or remove kernels and add to salads, fritters or fried rice. Sweetcorn is a choice buy at $1-$1.50 a cob.

Bean sprouts are delicious, added to stir dishes, Asian style noodle dishes and a spicy laksa. Super cheap at $1.50-$3 for 150g packet, bean spouts are perfect for adding texture and flavour to your meals.

FLOWERS

Flowers You are spoiled for choice this week as your local florist has a superb selection of seasonal blooms; this week’s recommendations include tulips, peris, ranunculus, pieris, daphne, alstroemeria, hellebores, iris, stock, poppies, jonquils, delphiniums, hyacinth, gerbera, locally grown roses, Geraldton wax, sweet peas, local roses and fragrant freesias.




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 2021-09-06 13:47:00

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