Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
7 - 13 DEC 2020
New-season apricots from Swan Hill are aromatic with a sweet tanginess. The best eating apricots are bright in colour and firm to touch. Prices will start at $3 a kilo, with the larger fruit will sell for up to $15 a kilo.
Nothing beats a perfectly ripe peach or nectarine bursting with sweetness and juice. There are many varieties of white and yellow-fleshed fruit now available. Expect to pay $4-$10 a kilo, depending on the variety, size and quality. When it comes to nectarines, look for fruit with small white spots (or speckles) on the skin, this fruit is the sweetest eating.
The first of the new-season figs are now available. Plump and succulent figs are ideal for adding sweetness to fruit and savoury salads. Try figs this Fig, Honeyed Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad. Figs are currently available for $2-$4 each.
The sweet tropical aroma of a ripe mango is irresistible. There are three varieties to select from Kensington Pride, Calypso and R2E2. Individual fruit will range from $2.50-$5 each, depending on the variety and size. Purchasing mangoes by the tray will offer savings. For superb value opt for a tray of mangoes for $20-$40 or a ½ tray (of 9-12 mangoes) $15-$20 each. Whip up a mango, passionfruit and ginger nut crumb with mascarpone.
The festive season is sweeter with cherries. Each week the cherries get larger and tastier. With so many different varieties coming from a wide area including Young, Orange, South Australia and Victoria, there is sure to be a quality, size and price range to suit everyone. Cherries will range from $15-$30 a kilo depending on size and variety. For the exceptionally large cherries you could pay up to $40 a kilo.
New season grapes are firm and bursting with flavour. Pick up a bunch of sweet and crunchy Flame or Menindee Seedless for $6-$10 a kilo.
December is the time to indulge in all kinds of fresh berries. There is a superb range of great quality berries including strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, boysenberries, blackberries and red currants. This berry, chocolate and yoghurt ice-cream cake is a fabulous make ahead berry dessert that will impress your guests this Christmas. Depending on the variety, berries will range in price from $2.50-$6 a punnet.
Exotic and flavoursome, fresh lychees are a sweet summer sensation. Store unpeeled lychees in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge. Expect to pay $15-$30 a kilo, depending on size and variety.
Summer is the best time to savour tomatoes. Ripened in the summer sun, they are bursting with flavour. If you’re looking to boost the colour and flavour of your summer meals simply add tomatoes. Two of our favourites are vibrant medley tomatoes ($4-$6 a punnet ) or classic heirloom tomatoes which are $8-$12 a kilo. The popular tomatoes for value this week will include cherry and grape tomatoes at $1.50-$2 a punnet and Truss tomatoes at $3-$5 a kilo.
Take the heat out of the kitchen and enjoy summers barbecues. Large jumbo flat mushrooms have a rich-meaty flavour are ideal to use as a meat replacement and barbecue well. This bbq mushrooms with goat’s cheese, basil and tomatoes recipe is quick and easy to prepare and teams mushrooms with colourful heirloom or medley tomatoes.
Thrifty and versatile carrots are a kitchen staple. Grab a 1-kilo bag from your local greengrocer or select them from the stack. Carrots are a top buy at $1.50-$2.50 a kilo. Enjoy them raw in this healthy and fresh carrot, cabbage and bbq chicken salad.
Summer is prime time for crispy, crunchy beans. Toss steamed baby green beans in a salad with shaved baby fennel, parmesan cheese and halved cherry tomatoes. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice. Season to taste and serve with fish. Machine harvested green beans are a thrifty buy at $3-$5a kilo and premium hand-picked beans are $7-$10 a kilo and golden-butter beans $10-$12 a kilo.
Baby fennel bulbs are in season and team superbly with tomatoes or beans in a summer salad or serve them finely shredded with any seafood or lamb. Add a baby fennel bulb to your shopping list as they are only $2-$2.50 a bulb.
Versatile orange-fleshed kumara is perfect roasted, fried or boiled for a potato salad. At $3-$5 a kilo, kumara is a top buy.
Sweetcorn is a family favourite. Fire up the barbecue and add a few cobs Barbecuing corn imparts a delightful, smoky flavour or take your corn to a new level by basting them with a spicy, cheesy, herby marinate – here are the secret ingredients and recipe. Sweetcorn is $1-$1.50 a cob.
Fast to cook, nutritious and versatile, Asian leafy greens are simply a busy cook’s best friend. Slice and add to stir-fries and noodle dishes or steam and serve as a side dish topped with fresh ginger and soy sauce. Asian leafy greens are $1-$1.50 a bunch.
Shiny black eggplants have a tender texture and subtle flavour. Delicious sautéed, baked, grilled or barbecued, eggplants easily absorb flavours during cooking. Currently, supplies are coming from Bundaberg, South Australian and the Sydney basin. Eggplant are retailing at $3-$7 a kilo.
The coolest of summer veggies, cucumbers are crunchy, succulent and refreshing. Although available all year round cucumbers peak in summer. The most popular types are Lebanese ($2.50-$4 a kilo), Telegraph ($1.50-$2.50 each) and the miniature sized Baby Quakes ($3-$4 a punnet).
Healthy salads can be enjoyed all year round. In summer start your next salad with a soft-leafed fancy lettuce like Red Oak leaf, Mignonette, Butter or Red Coral for only $1.50-$2 ahead. A large Cos lettuceor Iceberg is around $2-$3 a head. All tasty salads need a dressing, this homemade lemon and coriander tahini dressing is a winner.
It is time to plan your Christmas floral arrangements. Red flowers are popular at Christmas so place your orders with your floral retailer early. Seasonal festive season favourites now in season are Christmas Bush, Christmas Bells, holly, spruce, golden coloured magnolia pods and potted poinsettias. Your local florist will also have classic roses and spray roses, Buddleia, amaranthus, flowering gum, hydrangea, zinnia, peonies, gadenia, lisianthus, dahlia, agapanthus, water lilies and lots of colourful gerberas. If you’re short on time, ask your florist to suggest an arrangement to suit your table setting
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 2020-12-09 10:26:31Print Page