Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
8 - 14 FEBRUARY 2021


FRUIT

Fruit Is it a fabulous time to enjoy melons. Originally from Spain Piel de Sapo melons are oval-shaped melon with a dense, juicy, pale yellowish-green flesh. Distinguishable by their extra thick and ridged mottled green and yellow rind. Piel de Sapo melons are $3-$5 each. This Piel de Sapo melon with serrano ham and burrata is fresh and healthy.

Williams' pears are a tasty addition to a salad. Place slices of firm pear to a salad bowl, toss in rocket leaves, toasted walnuts and shaved parmesan. Drizzle with lime juice and olive oil and toss. Williams pears are $3-$4 a kilo, depending on size.

Exquisite lychees are a popular choice for Lunar New Year. Super juicy and refreshing, now is the peak time for lychees expect to pay $12-$50 a kilo. Try wrapping deseeded lychees in prosciutto, secure with a toothpick and char-grill.

Sun-ripened golden and white-fleshed peaches and nectarines are brimming with flavour. The large golden-skinned and fleshed Golden Queen variety are eating nicely. Peaches and nectarines are $3-$7 a kilo, depending on flesh colour and size.

Luscious, sweet figs are sublime. Figs team equally well with savoury foods such as nuts, meats and cheese as they do with sweet ingredients such as citrus and chocolate. Enjoy quality figs for $1-$3 each.

Just picked – new season Royal Gala apples are a crunchy treat. This sweet apple has a dense, juicy with white flesh and is super crisp. Depending on the size and quality Royal Gala apples are $3-$7 a kilo.

Mangoes are a summer classic, and late-season varieties like Keitt, Pearl, Palmer and Calypso mangoes are perfect for using in a salsa flavoured with chilli and coriander or whip up an Asian mango, pork and coriander noodle salad. Mangoes are $3-$5 each.

Celebrate Chinese New Year with longans (also known as dragon's eyes). Sold in clusters still attached to branches longans, also known as dragon's eyes have a sweet, jelly-like flesh similar to a lychee.

Fleshy, juicy dragon fruit add something interesting to a summer fruit salad. The two main varieties different in the flesh colour, one has white flesh with tiny black seeds, the other has a vibrant crimson flesh dotted with edible black seeds. Queensland grown white flesh dragon fruit is plentiful this week and available for $4.50-$5 each or $7-$10 a kilo.

Don't forget the strawberries for Valentine's Day. Dip Victorian strawberries in melted chocolate for a simple treat. Strawberries are $2-$4 a punnet.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Fire up the wok and celebrate Lunar New Year with a few Asian style dishes. Bok choy is a mild-tasting leafy green that adds flavour and texture to a stir fry is excellent value at $1.50-$2 a bunch, try it in this red chilli beef and bok choy dish.

Bean sprouts are delicious in stir dishes and at $1.50-$3 for 150g packet, they add texture, taste and flavour.

Fresh sweetcorn is succulent, naturally sweet and delicious when cooked and eaten, as soon after picking as possible. Freshly harvested corn from the Windsor area and Queensland is available for 50¢-$1 a cob

Eggplant is a super buy at $3-$7 a kilo. Eggplants tender and subtle flavour and is complemented by fresh tomatoes, fresh herbs, garlic and other vegetables. Add eggplant to curry like this eggplant, zucchini, lime and chicken curry.

Select Brussels sprouts that are compact and about the size of a ping-pong ball. Leaves should be firm, bright green and fresh-looking without signs of yellowing. Cook Brussels sprouts rapidly for maximum flavour. Steam whole or slice and add to stir-fries. Brussels sprouts are $6-$7 a kilo or $3-$4 for a 500g bag.

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.

Add brightly coloured red capsicums to stir-fries, casseroles, pizza, pasta dishes, it is also delicious cooked on the barbecue. Field-grown red capsicum is $3-$4 a kilo while the glasshouse capsicums are $5-$6 a kilo. This wok-fried red curry vegetables with tofu is a healthy choice for a mid-week meal.

Kumara has a gorgeous orange flesh with a creamy textured. Delicious roasted, with spices, like grated ginger, coriander or cumin, kumara is a tasty addition to salads or lentil dishes. Small tubers of kumara are a thrifty buy at $1-$2 a kilo. Large tubers will $3-$4 a kilo. Roast or boil sweet potato, it is delicious mashed.

It's long been a tradition in Italian families to gather once a year to make and bottle fresh tomato sauce. Tomato or Passata Day general takes place late January to early March. Plump ripe roma tomatoes, from Victoria in 18-kilo boxes, are ready to cater to this time-honoured tradition. Boxes are retailing at $32-$34.

At this time of year, light, colourful, flavour-packed salads are essential. Baby spinach leaves are a tasty and easy addition to a salad. Check out these sixteen fresh ideas for adding baby spinach to your summer meals. Baby spinach leaves are sold in pre-packed bags (100g-180g) for $3-$4 each or purchase it loose for $16-$19 a kilo.

FLOWERS

Flowers The demand for red and gold coloured flowers increases, with Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year. Favourable growing conditions and seasonal availability has resulted in a fantastic selection of quality flowers available this week. Select from lotus pods, hydrangeas (season finishing), foliage tea tree, flowering gum, sunflowers, roses, bottle brush, banksia, dahlia, snap dragons, 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 2021-02-08 12:08:59

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