Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
7 - 13 January 2019


FRUIT

FruitMid-season varieties of peaches and nectarines are aromatic and extremely scrumptious. Both white and yellow fleshed stonefruit are available. Enjoy them fresh or try them in this Peach & Blueberry Skillet Pancake for breakfast, brunch or dessert. Nectarines and peaches are $3-$12 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

Juicy and plump with a sweet-tangy flavour, early plums varieties are a good quality and a choice buy at $3-$10 a kilo. There are several varieties to select from including Queen Rosa, Laroda, Dappled Danny, Black Ebony Treat. Try this delicious Poached Plums With Coconut Chia for breakfast.

Bananas are top value at $1.50-$3 a kilo. Keep kids cool with these icy treats Banana & Chocolate Smoothie Pops the recipe makes 10.

Extra-large R2E2 mangoes from Mareeba are a top buy at $3-$3.50 each. Mangoes are delicious used in summer marinade a adding a tropical sweetness to chicken and pork. Try this at your next barbecue Char-Grilled Mango, Chilli & Lime Chicken.

Snap up sweet eating late season cherries. Cherries are coming from South Australia, Tasmanian and Victoria. Cherries are superb quality with a good shelf life and expect to pay $10-$35 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

There’s nothing like a bunch of crisp chilled, glistening grapes as a snack or to compliment a rich cheese platter or salad this Grape, Leafy Greens & Pine Nut Salad is quick and easy to make. Select from Menindee, Crimson Flame seedless and Midnight Beauty for $6-$12 a kilo, depending on variety and try roasting up a bunch.

Berries are plentiful, so grab a few punnets this week, blueberries at $1.50-$2.50, raspberries are $3-$3.50, Victorian strawberries are $1.50-$2.50 and blackberries are $3-$4. Berries are highly perishable, so use within 1-2 days of purchasing for maximum quality.

Luscious, juicy and refresh lychees are a summer favourite. This week lychees are available eat your local greengrocer for $10-$40 a kilo. 100g of lychee flesh provides the recommended dietary intake of vitamin C for a day. Team with tropical tasting papaya at $3- $5 a kilo and juicy limes at 30¢-50 ¢ each.

Pick up extra sweet rockmelon for $3-$5 each, depending on size. Alternatively a fridge size mini lee watermelons, these small melons weigh about 2-3 kilos each and a super sweet and flavoursome, expect to pay $5-$6 each.

VEGETABLES

VegetablesGolden cobs of Hawkesbury grown sweetcorn are in season and now available for 80¢-$1 a cob. Add sweetcorn to fritters, salads or burgers. This Mexican Sweetcorn & Bean Salad is packed with flavour and healthy goodness.

Summer is the peak time for richly flavoured tomatoes. With so many different varieties to now available, it’s the perfect time to enjoy a range of tomatoes with different shapes, colours, textures and flavours. These Basil, Spinach & Olive Pesto, Ricotta & Tomato Bruschetta make a tasty lunch.

Sydney grown Cos lettuce is a top buy this week at $1.50-$2.50 a head. Add some crunch to your salads with crisp Cos lettuce.

Snake beans are good value at $1.50-$2. a bunch. Snake beans have a taste and texture similar to a green bean however they are around 30 cm in length with a slightly flexible texture. To prepare, cut beans crossways into lengths, microwave, boil, steam or stir-fry.

Zucchinis are a breeze to prepare. No need to peel, simply slice, dice or grate. Try this tasty salad Char-Grilled Zucchini, Rocket & Prosciutto Salad Zucchinis are the thriftiest buy at $3-$5 a kilo, depending on size.

Machine harvested green beans are a thrifty buy at $3.50-$4 a kilo. Hand-picked beans $8-$10 a kilo. Mix it up and try the golden coloured butter beans at $8-$10 a kilo teamed with green beans they look and tasty superb. Tr this Bean, Asparagus & Ham Salad With Basil Dressing.

Summertime is the best time to enjoy locally grown eggplants. Versatile eggplants can be enjoyed roasted, grilled, barbecued, fried or baked. Eggplants are $3-$6 a kilo.

FLOWERS

FlowersBright up your home or office desk with flowering gum, sunflowers, hydrangea, lisianthius, zinnia, dahlias, pineapple lilies, local roses, bouvardia, celosia, scabiosa tuberose, zinnia, oriental lilies, water lilies, amaranthus, lupins, Queen Ann’s lace and 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 2019-01-07 15:24:00

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