Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
9 to 15 December 2019


FRUIT

FruitThe festive season is sweeter with cherries. Glossy flavoursome cherries will be range from $8-$30 a kilo depending on size and variety.

Pop a few juicy limes in your trolley for 80¢-$1 each or some greengrocer will offer a bag for around $3-$5 a kilo. A squeeze lime juice over seafood give a refresh tangy, use in BBQ marinades or create a festive season cocktail.

Golden velvety skinned apricots are $4-$15 a kilo. Choose firm, evenly coloured apricots with a sweet fragrance; this indicates optimum flavour. Colour varies from pale to deep apricot, the deeper the colour, the higher the content of beta carotene. Refrigerate ripe fruit and use within 2 days.

Creamy Queensland bananas are selling for $2-$3 a kilo. Team them with tangy passionfruit at 80¢-$1 each. One passionfruit yields approximately 2 tablespoons of pulp and juice.

Flavoursome, aromatic and ultra-juicy peaches and nectarines well supplied. Select from white and yellow flesh fruit many varieties are now the slip-stone varieties making them ideal for summertime desserts like this poached spiced summer fruits. Expected pay $4-$12 a kilo for peaches and nectarines.

Sweet and juicy mangoes bring a lush tropical taste to your summer table. Mangoes are ideal on their own or in tempting chilled summer desserts. Choose firm mangoes with a fresh sweet tropical fragrance. Ripen mangoes at room temperature until the fruit yields to gentle pressure around the stem. Mangoes are $2-$5 each, depending on variety and size. It’s the perfect time to enjoy our mango & corn salsa with sticky pork tortillas.

December is a great time for luscious berries particular as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, boysenberries, blackberries and red currants are all available. There is no better time to enjoy berry desserts like poached berries with easy pancakes. Depending on the variety, berries are ranging in price from $3-$6 a punnet.

Watermelon is picked ripe and ready to eat. Choose cut watermelon with bright pink flesh. A rich colour is a good indication of sweetness. If whole, tap the watermelon and it should sound hollow. For a simple summer dessert, serve a platter of chilled juicy watermelon wedges with cubes of luscious Turkish delight or for watermelon appetizers, top cubes or watermelon with feta, olives and mint. Whole watermelons are available for $1.50-$2.50 a kilo.

VEGETABLES

VegetablesNow at their seasonal best, vibrant tomatoes come in many shapes, colours and sizes. For maximum flavour, leave tomatoes in a cool place to fully ripen before using. Once ripe they can be stored in the fridge, but are best served at room temperature. Grape and cherry tomatoes are rich in flavour and are only $2-$2.50 a punnet. Truss tomatoes are a nice buy at $3-$5 a kilo, Ox-heart varieties $10-$14 a kilo. Salad tomatoes $2-$3 a kilo and Roma tomatoes $3-$4 a kilo.

Sweet flavoured and low GI, kumara is delicious roasted to serve hot with roast turkey or serve cold in a salad like this Roast kumara, chickpea & baby spinach salad. With pumpkin prices up this year, I recommend kumara, it adds colour and is good value at $2-$4 a kilo.

Sweetcorn is a family favourite that is fast to cook. Wash corn cobs, place in a single layer in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes (per cob) until just tender. Stand to cool for 5 minutes before serving. Sweetcorn is 80¢-$1 a cob.

A kilo bag of versatile carrots is a bargain at $1.50-$2.50. Add grated carrots to coleslaw, juice carrots (they are delicious teamed with orange and ginger) roast carrot batons with a sprinkling of fresh thyme and a drizzle of olive oil.

Summer is the time to enjoy eggplants. There are so many ways to enjoy eggplant, roasted, grilled, barbecued or baked. Eggplants are $3-$6 a kilo. Adding barbecued eggplant to home-made burgers imparts and pleasant texture and extra smoky flavour. Eggplant & mushroom lamb burgers.

Fabulous for adding crunch to summer salads celery is this week selling for $3-$4 a bunch. Whip up a whip and easy Rocket, celery & chicken salad with lemon mayonnaise.

Broccolini is a top buy at $2.50-$3 a bunch. Fast and easy to cook, serve broccolini warm with a dressing or toss cold through a salad.

Tender, juicy and full of flavour Lebanese cucumbers are a top buy at $4-$5 a kilo. Combine diced cucumber with ripe tomatoes, olives, thinly sliced onion and feta cheese to make a traditional Greek salad.

Hot summer days are the perfect time to enjoy crisp, vegetable-rich salads. Start with an iceberg or Cos lettuce for a $2.50-$3 a head or try watercress its small dark green leaves have a mild peppery flavour and teams deliciously with cucumber, seafood, eggs, oranges, tomatoes or roasted capsicums.

Choose firm, rosy-red radishes for $1.50-$2.50a bunch, that are free from cracks with fresh-looking leaves attached. Trim leaves and gently scrub before using. For ultra-crisp radishes, place them in iced water for 30 minutes just before serving.

Top ideas for using red radishes;

  • Serve halved radishes with a spread of salted butter.
  • Combine thinly sliced radish in a salad with thin strips of Lebanese cucumber, cooked and peeled prawns and baby salad greens.
  • Add coarsely grated radish into coleslaw.
  • Team thinly sliced radish with rare roast beef, baby salad greens and mayonnaise on a crisp baguette.

FLOWERS

FlowersEmbrace the festive spirit and decorate your home or office with potted poinsettia plants or fill a vase with Christmas bush, Christmas bells or red gum blossom. The hydrangeas are superb quality and the colours of the large heads range for white, blues and shades of reddish-purple. Peonies are still available and the quality excellent, roses are plentiful as oriental lilies are a nice choice, we are loving the white and purple veronica too.

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 tel 0438 725 453.



Published On 2019-12-09 17:25:00

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