Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
10 - 16 June 2019


VegetablesNutty tasting Jerusalem artichokes are a winter treat. Delicious roasted or boiled and pureed for a full flavoured soup or peel and use in similar ways to water chestnuts. Jerusalem artichokes are $10-$12 a kilo. Tip: When using to make soup leave the skin on, this gives the soup a rich caramel colour and adds to the fibre content.

The natural goodness of Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage shines in winter. Sautéed, steamed or tossed in a hot wok, these easy-to-prepare vegetables require minimum cooking. Expect to pay $5-$6 a kilo for Brussels sprouts, $2-$4 for cauliflower and $3-$4 for cabbage, depending on the variety. Chinese cabbage also is known as Wombok is good value at $2.50-$4 ahead. Keep and eye out for vibrant purple cauliflowers.

Roast, chopped orange sweet potato (kumara) with red onion wedges in olive oil flavoured with cumin and coriander for 30 minutes or until tender. Mashed kumara is a delicious and vibrant coloured topping for a cottage pie. Serve with lamb or beef. Kumara is $2-$4 a kilo.

If you like cauliflower, you will adore Fioretto. Also known as cauliflower blossom, this new veggie has succulent, tender long stems and edible white florets which have a delicate cauliflower flavour. A great alternative to cauliflower or broccolini, it is best enjoyed, steamed or stir-fried. Expect to pay $5-$6 a for a 400g punnet.

What celeriac lacks in appearance it certainly makes up for in flavour and versatility. Celeriac has a delicate celery flavour and starchy texture which makes it ideal for making a heavenly mush or creamy soup. Celeriac is $5-$6 a bulb, the small to medium sized bulbs are the better buy.

Vibrantly coloured with a sweet earthy flavour, beetroot is delicious roasted and blended into a soup. It has an amazingly rich colour and is packed with flavour. The purple pigments in beetroot, known as anthocyanins may act as antioxidants. Beetroot is a top buy at $3-$4 a bunch.

Serve shaved fennel in salads, add to curries, serve them roasted or create a flavour packed pasta dish like this Fennel, tomato & Italian sausage spaghetti. Fennel bulbs are$1.50 $2.50 each.

Loved for their soft, oniony flavour and lovely aroma, leeks are used as a base for a stew or braise, as you would onions. Leeks are perfect for featuring in a vegetable pie or team with potato, pumpkin, carrot or celeriac to make a creamy soup. Leeks are $2.50-$3 for a large single stem.


FruitDress up a winter salad with sliced or diced avocados. The nutty flavoured Hass avocados are in plentiful supply and selling for $1-$4 each. Team avocados with winter citrus, pepper flavoured baby rocket leaves and a drizzle of olive oil for a quick salad.

Fill your fruit bowl with vibrant orange coloured mandarins. There are several varieties to choose from so prices are ranging from $2-$5 a kilo. South Australian fruit is firm skinned and juicy.

Supplies of Queensland strawberries are increasing. Expect to pay $3-$5 for a 250g punnet. Enjoy a strawberry dessert, like this scrumptious Rhubarb & strawberry meringue pudding.

Tangy lemons are plentiful and a great buy at $3-$6 a kilo. Soothe sore throats with warmed lemon juice and a spoonful of honey or add lemon juice and rind to puddings and cheesecakes. Tangy lemon tarts are delicious or add a squeeze of lemon juice to a soup to sharpen the flavour. This Greek lemon & chicken soup is scrumptious.

Crunchy like an apple and juicy like a pear, flavoursome nashi is a winter favourite. No need to peel before using, their tender skin is rich in fibre and softens when cooked. Nashi is also perfect for enjoying raw as a healthy snack or try poaching them for a fruity dessert. Nashi is $4-$6 a kilo.

Delicately scented, exotic quinces are in good supply in June and July. Closely related to apples and pears, quince can be stewed, baked, poached or used to make jams, jellies and pastes. They are superb slowly simmered in a sugar and cinnamon syrup. Enjoy quince this week for $3-$5 a kilo.


FlowersWinter produces a stunning flash of seasonal flowers and lasts longer, provided they are stored away from direct heat and the water changed regularly. Now is the time to enjoy the tulips, roses, lavender, hyacinth, Oriental lilies, jonquils, daffodils, Dutch iris, sweet peas, stock, mini gerbera and poppies. The potted cymbidium orchards and cyclamen are also a good buy.

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, Retail Support Manager on tel 0438 725 453. If republishing please credit

Published On 2019-06-11 17:25:00

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