Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
7 - 13 MARCH 2022
Flavoursome Williams’ and Packham pears are a top buy at $2-$4 a kilo. Roasted pears are a superb accompaniment to roast pork and combine deliciously with parsnips. Remember that pears continue to ripen are harvesting, so select firm, mature pears and ripen at room temperature. If poaching or roasting pears, use firm pears for the best result.
Freshly harvested new-season apple varieties include Royal Gala, Fuji, and Delicious. Storing apples in the crisper section of the refrigerator maintains their crunchy texture. Apples are selling for $3-$8 a kilo, depending on the variety.
Red Love apples are the first apple in Australia to have red skin and pinkish-red flesh. Similar in flavour to a Granny Smith, these attractive apples are perfect for cooking, juicing, baking or slicing and serving on a cheeseboard. Grown in Lenswood, Victoria, this apple originates in Switzerland. Red Love apples are $7-$8 a kilo.
Juicy, sweet eating, and crunchy textured Australian table grapes are well supplied. Add the natural sweetness grapes to kid’s lunch boxes, salads or baked goods. With a wide selection of varieties currently available at your local greengrocer, grapes are $4-$20 a kilo, depending on the variety.
The juiciest of stone fruits, plums come in many different varieties, some sweet and others slightly tart. Plums are delightful stewed, poached, baked or sliced into a salad. Plums retail at $3-$15 a kilo, depending on the variety.
Give autumn meals a citrus twist with zesty, juicy Australian lemons. Lemon supplies have increased, and prices have eased. You can now fill your fruit bowl with lemons for $2-$6 a kilo; limes are $8-$9 a kilo or 80c-$1.20 each.
Bananas are a good source of the amino acid tryptophan, required by the body to create serotonin – often referred to as the ‘happy chemical’ as it contributes to happiness and mental well-being. Versatile and nutritious bananas are good value at $2.50-$4 a kilo. Get your day off to a happy and healthy start with bananas added to your cereal or a smoothie.
Smooth and creamy with a nutty-flavour Shepard avocado are an average size of 200g-320g and in season from February to May. Avocados contain ‘good’ unsaturated fat and are the richest source of vitamin E of all fruits and vegetables and superb value at $1-$2 each. Larger sized Reed avocados are $2-$3 each.
Attractive ruby-coloured and antioxidant-rich pomegranates contain fruit contains jewel-like seeds bursting with juice and flavour. Sprinkle the seeds over a range of dishes, and use the juice for salad dressings or marinades. Pomegranate compliments lamb, duck and chicken dishes. Liven up your porridge, salads, couscous, eggplant or hummus with a spoonful of pomegranate seeds. Pomegranates are $6-$7 each, depending on size.
Autumn berries offer terrific value this week; blackberries are $2-$5 a punnet and raspberries are $3-$5 a punnet. Berries are highly perishable so use them quickly.
Severe weather conditions have continued to impact vegetable growing, harvesting and planting in NSW and Queensland. Prices are changing quicker than usual due to supply and demand issues. We highly recommend visiting your local greengrocer and purchasing more frequently than usual. Store your purchases well and fresh within 2-3 days to avoid wastage.
You can turn a humble pumpkin into a delicious meal with a bit of creative flair and inspiration. This jap pumpkin with parmesan and seed crumble makes a tasty side dish. Jap and Jarrahdale pumpkins are ideal for roasting and then adding pasta dishes, curries, frittata, a soup or salad. Expect to pay $1-$2 a kilo, whole, this week.
Broccolini’s long tender asparagus-like stems and delicate flowery green florets are an economical choice this week as they are only $2.50-$3 a bunch, whereas. Broccoli will be up to $8 a kilo this week. Try our broccolini with pancetta and almonds.
Hearty and nutritious kale is a popular choice for green juices, stir-frying or adding shredded to salads, frittatas and omelettes. Add a bunch to your shopping list, $3-$4 buys you a generous leafy bunch.
Brown onions are top value at $3-$4 a kilo, and milder tasting Red onions are $3.50-$5 a kilo. Store onions in a cool, dry, well-ventilated position and remember to remove onions from plastic bags.
With its attractive orange flesh and rich, creamy texture, kumara is delicious served as a mash or thinly slice and layer with cream and sliced spring onions into a baking dish and cook until tender. This kumara, spinach and bacon hash with eggs and feta makes a satisfying breakfast or brunch. Medium to large-sized kumara is $3-$5 a kilo.
Versatile and a thrifty buy machine-harvested green beans are a choice buy at $6 a kilo. For maximum quality, use beans within 2-3 days of purchase. Premium hand-picked beans are $9-$12 a kilo.
The thriftiest way to purchase potatoes is by the 5-kilo bag at $5-$8 a kilo.
Early autumn is a fantastic time for a whole range of flowers, including sedum, hydrangea, sunflowers, pineapple lily, scabiosa, oriental lilies, chrysanthemums, veronica, white hypericum, bachelor buttons, coral celosia, amaranthus, alstroemeria, bouvardia, locally grown silver dollar gum, dahlias, tuberoses, tiger lily, lisianthus, David Austin roses, lotus pods, ginger flowers, heliconia, Easter daisies, carnations and crab claws.
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 2022-03-07 15:41:13Print Page