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


FRUIT

Fruit Premium banana prices a little firmer this week as a large number of North Queensland banana farms have been impacted by cyclonic winds -associated with Tropical Cyclone Niran which, caused severely damaged last Monday. Skin-blemished imperfect bananas are $2-3 a kilo and premium bananas not impacted by weather will be $3-$5 a kilo.

Royal Gala apples have a sweeter taste and a dense, crispier texture. Old-time favourite Jonathon apple have a very short season, so if you’re a fan, extra juicy Jonathans are in season now. Super sweet Fuji apples and Granny Smith are also new-season. Apple prices are ranging from $3-$8 a kilo, depending on variety and size. Store apples in the crisper section of the refrigerator to maintain their crunchy texture.

Flavoursome fibre-rich pears take centre stage in autumn, and are a star performer in sweet or savoury dishes. In season now are Williams, Corella and beautiful chocolatey brown-skinned Buerre Bosc pears. Victorian grown pears are a choice buy at $3-$6 a kilo, depending on size.

Round like apple and crisp and juicy like a nashi pear, the papple is deliciously sweet and low in acid. Papples have a buttery yellowy skin, with an orange-red blush. In season from March to September, Victorian grown Papples for $5-$7 a kilo.

There is no better time than right now to enjoy figs. Plump, deliciously sweet, and ultra-versatile figs are 50¢-$3 each, depending on size, or for a thrifty buy choose fruit in punnets. Start your day with a café style - figs with ricotta, honey and fruit toast.

Looking for an all-natural, sweet treat? Then grab a bunch of juicy grapes. Select from Black Muscat, natural Sultana, Sapphire, Celebration, Thompson seedless, Crimson seedless and White Globe. There is also a new variety called Cotton Candy worth a taste test. Depending on the variety, grapes will sell from between $4-$16 a kilo.

The acidity of lemon and lime lends itself to balancing the saltiness of food. You can also use citrus juice to cure fish. To extract the maximum amount of tangy juice from your lemon or lime microwave fruit for 10 seconds before squeezing. Lemons and limes are ranging from $2-$6 a kilo.

Plums make a smart choice when it comes to snacking. Select from in-season varieties like Radiance, Angelino, Tegan Blue and October Sun. Plums are selling for $3-$10 a kilo, depending on the variety. Ultra-tasty and antioxidant rich Queen Garnet plums are $12-$15 depending on size.

Tasmanian-grown autumn raspberries and blackberries are a real treat; superb eating and good value at $3-$6 a punnet. This blackberry, apples and almond crumble will work with raspberries or blackberries.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Broccoli rabe or rapini is a green cruciferous vegetable with edible leaves, buds, and stems. The buds resemble small broccoli heads. Rabe is known for its slightly bitter taste; and is popular in the Mediterranean, especially Southern Italy where it is enjoyed, blanched sautéed with chilli and garlic, and tossed through pasta. Its bitterness also teams deliciously with the richer flavour of roast pork. Sold by the bunch, rabe is $3-$4.

Choko is a timeless veggie that are underutilised. Serve peeled choko steamed and tossed with butter and pepper or add peeled and diced choko to a spicy curry. Choko soaks up flavours and adding texture to a dish. Try this choko, cabbage and chicken laksa stir-fry. Chokos are $4-$5 a kilo.

As the days grow shorter and cooler, it’s time to enjoy chestnuts. The first of the season’s glossy, plump nuts are from Victoria are making their way to a greengrocer near you and selling for $8-$18 a kilo, depending on size.

Pumpkins are plentiful and selling for $1-$2 a kilo, depending on variety and if the pumpkin is whole or cut. Add the sweet nutty flavour of pumpkin to your curries, pasta dishes; or roast and toss through cooked couscous or salads.

Get dinner on the table in no time with economical and fast cooking Asian leafy greens. This delicious, stir-fried greens with tofu, chilli and basil is bursting with nutritious greens and only requires 10 minutes cooking time. Asian greens including choy sum are $2-$2.50 a bunch.

Serve the last flush of tender and flavoursome Australian asparagus for $3 a bunch. Fast and fresh asparagus is a tasty addition to pasta, risotto, a healthy salad or team asparagus with beans, cashews and chilli.

Round green beans are stringless and have a mellow flavour that teams deliciously a myriad for ingredients and flavours. Blanch beans and add to salads, toss through a stir-fry or microwave with a drizzle of olive oil and crushed garlic. Machine harvested green beans are $3-$5 a kilo or hand-picked beans are $6-$10 a kilo.

Autumn is the peak time for quality eggplants. Choose eggplant that is firm, plump and has a taut glossy deeply coloured skin and a fresh green stem. Store eggplants in refrigerator for up to 1 week, but handle with care as they bruise easily. Eggplants are selling for $3-$5 a kilo. You will need 1 kilo of eggplant to whip up this family favourite eggplant and cheese bake is irresistibly good.

Victorian grown celery is a top buy at $2-$4 a bunch. Celery is a foundation ingredient in many soups, sauces, casseroles, and adds a refreshing crunch to salads; it also makes a healthy addition to school lunch boxes, especially teamed with peanut butter.

Tempt the family with roasted carrots, carrot juice, carrot cake and honey and sesame seed stir-fried carrots or add carrots to a healthy stir-fry. Quality Tasmania carrots are $1.50-$2.50 a kilo.

Beetroots sweet earthy flavour is enjoyable raw or cooked. Peel beetroot and sliced thinly to enjoy in salads, juice or roast whole beetroots wrapped in foil until tender, then peel and add to a rustic salad. Beetroots are $2.50-$3 a bunch.

In abundance in late summer and early autumn, aromatic basil teams deliciously with ripe tomatoes, soft cheese like feta or ricotta and pasta. Choose vibrant basil with firm leaves and a distinct fresh aroma. Basil retails at $2.50-$3 a bunch.

For value, quality, and ease of preparation corn on the cob is a winner. Turn delicious, sweet corn from plain to extraordinary with our 3 best tasty toppings. Corn is a top buy at 50¢-$1 per cob.

Red capsicums are plentiful. Add red capsicums for sweetness, colour and flavour. Field and glass-house grown capsicums are a choice buy at $3-$5 a kilo.

FLOWERS

Flowers Late summer – early autumn is a fabulous time for a whole range of glorious flowers, including dahlia, banksia, sedum, hydrangea, sunflowers, pineapple lily, scabiosa, oriental lilies, chrysanthemums, veronica, white hypericum, bachelor buttons, coral celosia, alstroemeria, bouvardia, locally grown silver dollar gum, tuberoses, tiger lily, lisianthus, David Austin roses, lotus pods, local roses, 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 2021-03-08 12:51:56

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