Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
7 - 13 FEBRUARY 2022


FRUIT

Fruit Picked ripe and ready to eat, sweet juicy grapes are in bumper supply at your greengrocer. Firm, crunchy and loaded with flavour grapes are delicious. Go for seedless; the green Thompson Seedless variety is a juicy favourite. Other seedless varieties include the oval-shaped pale green Menindee Seedless, pinkish-red Crimson Seedless, and darker pink Celebration grapes. Grapes range in price from $3-$15 a kilo.

Juicy new-season William's pears are superb quality and top value at $3-$5 a kilo.

Ultra-fresh and crunchy, new season apple Royal Gala apples from Bilpin, Stanthorpe, Batlow and Shepparton have started. This sweet apple has dense, juicy with white flesh and is super crisp. Royal Gala apples are $3-$6 a kilo, depending on the size and quality.

Flavoursome rockmelons from South Australia and the Riverina area are fabulous value at $2-$4 each.

Tangy and refreshing achacha (a-cha-cha) is a tropical fruit with tangy, creamy, white flesh that are available only for a short time and selling for $12-$16 a kilo. Similar to mangosteens in flavour and texture, achacha are grown in the tropics near Townsville.

New-season Sheppard avocados have started. A pear-shaped avocado with creamy flesh that does not oxidise (go brown) when cut makes it ideal for adding to salads and sandwiches. Alternatively, select the fleshy Reed avocadoes; both varieties are available for $1.50-$3 each.

A delicious Australian-grown tropical fruit is brimming with beneficial antioxidants and vitamin C, sweet and succulent papaya. One of the most nutritious fruits, papaya has a high content of vitamin C (200g would provide 2-3 days' supply) and beta carotene. Red fleshed papaya is retailing at $3-$6 a kilo. Serve up papaya with coconut yoghurt and granola.

Plump, luscious figs offer great value with their signature sweetness and tender flesh. Handle figs with care because they easily bruise. Rinse figs in cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. There's no need to remove the skin. Slice figs as desired. FRESH IDEA: Lightly dip halved figs in caster sugar and quickly pan-fry, serve warm with chopped roasted hazelnuts, vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of maple syrup. Figs are $1.50-$3 each, depending on variety and size or pick up a punnet for $4-$6.

A key ingredient in Asian and Mexican dishes, limes team perfectly with avocado, coriander, mint, chilli, chicken, seafood and pork. Juicy, emerald, green coloured limes are plentiful and good value at 40¢-$1 each, depending on size.

Australian grown Valencia oranges are sweet and juicy and a bargain at $5-6 for a 3-kilo net bag or $2-$4 a kilo, loose. Drizzle freshly squeezed orange juice and honey over stonefruit and figs and roast in the oven until warmed through.

Juicy plums are naturally sweet, and there are lots of varieties varying in colour, shapes and sizes to select from; oval-shaped Sugarplums are extra sweet, small to medium-sized, with red to dark red skin and yellow-green flesh. Two other plums to look out for are antioxidant-rich Queen Garnet plums and the golden coloured King Midis plum. Most plums are $3-$10 a kilo, Queen Garnet is $8-$15 a kilo, depending on the variety.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Add a little purple to your diet with locally grown eggplant. Grilled, barbecued or stir-fried eggplant is delicious and teams well with tomato, garlic, fresh herbs, cheese. Eggplants are $3-$6 a kilo.

Tuck into juicy sweetcorn this week for only 80¢-$1 per cob. FRESH IDEA: Brush trimmed sweetcorn cobs with olive oil and char-grill over medium-high heat for 12-15 minutes, turning often, for crunchy charred corn. Enjoy with a knob of butter and dash of salt and pepper, slice off the kernels, and add to salads and salsas.

Look for specials on Victorian grown asparagus. This late-season flush doesn't last long, so snap them up while they are locally grown and only $3-$4 a bunch.

The alluring aroma of fresh caramelising onions is guaranteed to make your mouth water. Barbecues are not complete without onions served with snags or steak sandwiches. Grab a kilo of brown onions for $2-$4 a kilo and red onions for $3-$5, slice thinly and get sizzling.

Crispy bean sprouts add crunch and flavour to all sorts of dishes. Choose firm white bean sprouts with small yellow tips. Avoid brownish ones. Refrigerate sprouts in an airtight container and eat within two days. Rinse in cold water just before use. Beans sprouts are a bargain at $2-$3 for a 150-gram bag. Here's are three serving ideas

  1. Top a spicy laksa or other Asian-inspired soups with bean sprouts.
  2. Toss bean sprouts through any stir-fries just before serving.
  3. Add bean sprouts to a veggie Pad Thai or fried rice

Snake beans continue to be a great buy. Ideal for Asian dishes and stir-fries, snakes are great partnered with c flavours, such as garlic, ginger, tomatoes and fresh herbs. Snake beans are $3-$4 a bunch.

Broccolini is excellent value at $2.50-$4 a bunch. Highly nutritious broccolini is a superb choice. The crunchy stem and mini broccoli-lie top are edible, so there was no wastage. Pick up a bunch or two on broccolini for $2-$3. Broccolini is a delicious addition to this fragrant green vegetable and salmon curry.

Kale; this super-nutritious leafy green that offers so much goodness. Crisp and crunchy Kale provides lots of beneficial antioxidants, vitamins and iron. Toss the trimmed leaves into green breakfast bowls, stir-fries, soups and smoothies. Finely shred Kale to add to salad bowls. This week, Kale is a thrifty buy at $2-$3 a bunch.

In season now, On Choy, also known as Kang Kong is a leafy green veggie, sold in bunches with a mild spinach flavour. Steam or stir-fry and serve topped with garlic, shrimp or oyster sauce. On Choy is a bargain at $1.50-$3 a bunch.

FLOWERS

Flowers Select from lotus pods, hydrangeas (season finishing), foliage tea tree, flowering gum, sunflowers, roses, bottle brush, banksia, dahlia, snapdragons, pink oriental lilies, zinnia, tuberoses, sunflowers, celosia, calla lilies, Singapore orchids, pineapple lilies. Exotic flowers like water lilies, heleconia, ginger beehive flowers, crab claw and strelitzia.




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 2022-01-31 12:33:00

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