Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
17 - 23 June 2019
Mandarins are a versatile, tangy, fruit with a distinctive flavour. Sweet eating Imperial and Daisy mandarins are priced at $2.50-$4 a kilo.
Banana prices are around $2.50-$3.50 a kilo bunched bananas, For a home-baked treat, try these apple, banana & carrot muffins.
Queensland strawberries are extra flavoursome and smell divine. Simply wash and serve. Strawberries are $3.50-$4.50 a punnet.
Red Delicious apples are good eating and priced at $3-$6 depending on size. Pink Lady, Jazza, Kanzi and Fuji apples are $3.50-$4 a kilo. Granny Smith apples are a favourite for cooking, depending on sizes apples are $3-$5 a kilo. Try these easy apple sultana tarts.
Mildura grown Leng Navel oranges are sweet eating, expect to pay $2.50-$3 a kilo. A 3-kilo net bag at $3 a kilo is a thrifty purchase.
Enjoy the flavour of a sweet African Pride custard apple for only $4-$5 a kilo and the large Pinks Mammoth variety is $5-$7 a kilo. Try this light and moist custard apple teacake.
There is a good supply of locally grown ruby-red rhubarb in store. Pile chopped rhubarb, grated ginger and chopped granny smith apples into a pre-baked pastry case, sprinkle with brown sugar and bake in a hot oven until rhubarb is tender. Rhubarb is $4-$5 a bunch.
Rich and creamy Hass avocados are in peak season during winter and are currently retailing at $1.50-$3 each, depending on size.
Field-grown tomatoes from Queensland are $4-$5 a kilo. For a richer flavour roast tomatoes, cut in half with a sprinkle of sugar, salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Toss cooked tomatoes into pasta dishes, soups and casseroles.
Quick to cook and easy to prepare, machine harvested green beans are $3.50-$4 a kilo.
Broccoli is flourishing in the cooler weather and is $5-$6 a kilo. Steaming and stir-frying are ideal methods for cooking broccoli to minimise the loss of vitamins.
Winter is the ideal time to add woody herbs to meals. Their leaves infuse meals with an aromatic flavour. Try adding oregano, rosemary, sage and marjoram to soups, casseroles, roasts or toss with roasted veggies.
Decorative red speckled borlotti beans are in season. Shell the beans from their pod and cook in salted water. Pureed they make a tasty dip, combined with lemon juice, garlic and olive oil. Add cooked beans to pasta dishes and salads and raw beans to chunky style vegetable soups and beef casseroles.
Winter is a great time to enjoy the fabulous selection of potatoes; you will find varieties such as Dutch Cream, Nicola, Kipfler and Pink Eye in store for $5-$6 a kilo depending on the variety. Desiree potatoes in a 5-kilo bag are a nice buy at $6.
Orange sweet potato also known as kumara makes a flavoursome low GI mash. Serve with roasted American style spare ribs, sausages or grilled chicken. Small tubers of kumara are $2-$4 kilo.
Celery is a versatile vegetable that lends its unique flavour to winter soups, sauces, stir-fries and risottos. Celery has dropped to $3.50-$5 a bunch (bunches vary in size).
Vibrant beetroot soup is so easy to make and made with fresh beets, the flavour is authentic and packed with goodness. Alternatively for a tasty salad, toss warm roasted beetroot with baby spinach leaves and crumbled goats cheese, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and serve. Beetroot is a top buy at $4-$5 a bunch.
Serve shaved fennel in salads, add to curries or pan fry until just tender and serve with grilled fish. Fennel bulbs are $1-$2 each.
Vibrant carrots are in abundance in winter. Carrots are delicious roasted, used in spicy or chunky veggie soups and curries or add grated carrot to rissoles and meatloaf for sweetness. At $2-$2.50 a kilo, they are top value.
Winter 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, aster, roses, lavender, hyacinth, Oriental lilies, jonquils, daffodils, freesia, alstroemeria, queens anne lace, delphinium, poppies, imported peonies, 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 www.sydneymarkets.com.au.
Published On 2019-06-17 17:25:00Print Page