Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
9 - 15 AUGUST 2021


FRUIT

Fruit It’s time to make the most of scrumptiously sweet eating strawberries. Punnets are selling for $2.50-$5 a punnet. Take a cue from the Italians, sprinkle strawberries with caster sugar, and then drizzle with a bit of aged balsamic vinegar, a light grinding of black pepper and lashings of mascarpone cheese. Unusual, yes, but so more-ish!

Brimming with beneficial antioxidants and vitamin C, sweet and succulent papaya is a delicious Australian-grown tropical fruit. Team papaya and strawberries to make a healthy breakfast combo. Papaya is $4-$7 a kilo.

Tangy, versatile lemons are plentiful. Add the juice to dressings, squeeze over avocados or make a scrumptious lemon dessert. Lemons are $4-$6 a kilo. Everyone loves a tangy dessert and this lemon delicious pudding is a winner.

Enjoy the extra sweet flavour and superb taste of juicy navel and blood oranges. Navels are retailing at $2-$5 a kilo and blood oranges $3-7 a kilo. Buy in bulk and save.

New-season Kensington Pride mangoes from the Darwin area are $3-$7 each, depending on size. Adding mango to an Asian style salad imparts a refreshing sweetness. This Asian mango, pork and coriander noodle salad is a treat.

Creamy, nutty flavoured Hass avocados are cholesterol-free and super value at this time of year at $1-$2.50 each.

Tropical tasting topless pineapples are tangy and sweet. Depending on size, golden fleshed pineapples are selling for $3-$5 each. Toss pineapple pieces into a stir-fry with pork and vegetables. For a quick dessert; warm chunks of pineapple in butter and brown sugar and serve with a dollop of cream.

Tangelos are a cross between a grapefruit and a mandarin; they are sweet, tangy and easy to peel. Fruit should feel heavy for their size, as this indicates an excellent juice content. Tangelos are $3-$5 a kilo.

Queensland grown grape and cherry tomatoes are flavoursome and good value this week at $2.50-$3.50 a punnet.

Banana remain firm with the cooler weather slowing up the crop growth and reducing supply, expect to $3-$5 a kilo. Bananas are a good source of dietary fibre and provide potassium, which the body needs to balance sodium (from salt) and maintain healthy blood pressure.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables New-season Queensland grown asparagus has arrived at the Sydney Markets. There are also imported Mexican asparagus but as soon as local supplies increase the exports will drop off. This week asparagus is retailing for $2-$4 a bunch, depending on spear thickness. Stir blanched and sliced asparagus into a mushroom risotto or bake this tasty asparagus and zucchini quiche is delicious.

Queensland zucchinis are plentiful again this week, so pick up a kilo, while they are only $4-$7 a kilo. Whip a delicious zucchini and basil frittata to enjoy hot or cold and ideal for a lunch box meal teamed with a salad.

Kale is packed full of nutrients with just one cup providing about 100% of your daily vitamins A, C and K. Use kale in a similar way to English spinach. Kale is selling for $1.50-$2 a bunch.

One of the most nutritious vegetables, broccoli, has iron, potassium and vitamin C. When exposed to cold temperatures, broccoli heads become tinged with a purple colour, so expect to see a bit of purple broccoli in store this week. Broccoli is $2-$5 a kilo this week. Try these broccoli and cheese oven-baked fritters their delicious hot or cold.

Top-globe artichokes are a choice buy at $1.50-$2.50 each. Boil trimmed globe artichokes until tender, then slice and combine with diced tomatoes, baby bocconcini, parsley, pepper and olive oil to serve with crusty bread.

Crunchy celery has high water content and contains numerous vitamins and minerals, including potassium and calcium, essential for a healthy heart. Celery is $2.50-$3.50 a bunch.

Spinach is also known as English spinach, is milder in flavour than silverbeet. Add baby spinach leaves to an omelette or use them in a toasted sandwich filling with ham, tomato and cheese or combine baby spinach leaves with toasted pine nuts, crispy bacon and shaved parmesan. Drizzle with oil and lemon juice, toss gently and serve. At $1.50-$2 a bunch, spinach is a thrifty buy.

Serve baked Jap pumpkin with goat’s cheese and rockets as a tasty salad. Jap pumpkins are good value at $1-$1.50 a kilo when purchased whole. For a wedged or half pumpkin, you will pay $2-$2.50 a kilo.

Superb quality and attractively priced fennel bulbs are $1.50-$2 a bulb. Toss thinly shaved fennel with juicy blood orange slices and chicken to make an ultra-healthy salad.

Cauliflowers are a thrifty buy again this week at $2-$4 ahead, enjoy cauliflower roasted, grate to make cauliflower couscous or cook and puree and serve as a mashed potato substitute, this tip is especially useful for a low kilojoule meal option. On trend, this whole roasted spiced cauliflower with tahini yoghurt and pomegranate is delicious and makes a real statement when served at the table.

FLOWERS

Flowers With spring just around the corner, there is a flush of new season blooms in the Sydney Flower Market. Cherry blossom has started, and stock, tiger lilies and tulips are plentiful. You will also find reasonably priced protea, eriostemon, peiris, poppies, hellebores, sweetpeas, lupins, long-stemmed kangaroo paws, violets, flowering blossom, jonquils and daffodils.




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 2021-08-09 14:17:00

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