Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
19 - 25 February 2018
Crunch into a naturally-sweet, new season royal gala apple. Harvesting is underway in orchards across Stanthorpe, Batlow and Victoria. Royal gala apples are retailing at your local greengrocer for $3-$5 a kilo.
Tangy flavoursome plums are at their peak supply. Both yellow flesh and red fleshed varieties perfect for stewing or poaching. Expect to pay $2-$10 a kilo on average for established varieties, however the new Queen Garnet are $15-$20 a kilo. Whip up an Easy Plum Crumble.
New season Williams pears from Shepparton in Victoria are sweet, juicy and flavoursome. Williams pears are $2-$4 a kilo, depending on the size. Add flavoursome pear slice to salads, team with rocket, parmesan and toasted walnuts or bake a batch of these moist and delicious pear and pecan muffins.
If you have ever travelled through South East Asia, you have probably seen or enjoyed the exotically different mangosteen. Its subtle, delicate, sweet-acid taste is refreshingly different and unlike other fruits. Australian grown mangosteens are in season for another 4-5 weeks, so don’t miss out o these delicious fruits. Pick up a 1/2 kilo punnet for $15.
Make the most of peaches and nectarines the quality and value is superb. Your local greengrocer has fruit for $2-$10 a kilo, depending on size and variety.
Bursting with freshness finger limes bring a zingy citrus flavour and a delightful crisp texture to a dish. They work well in sweet and savoury dishes adding a zesty vibrancy to crustaceans, oysters, scallops, smoked eel, crème fraiche, yoghurt, vodka, gin, beer, sparkling wine, avocado, cucumber, asparagus, melons, papaya, stone fruit, mango, custard. In season for a short time finger limes are $6 for 150gram (7-8).
Plump, naturally sweet and loaded with fibre fresh figs are in peak supply. Enjoy them a la natural, add them to a salad to bake with them this fig and grape cake is a treat. Figs 50 - $3.
New season Australian grown Sheppard avocados are the best eating avocado at this time of year at $3.50-$4 each.
This pear-shaped avocado with a smooth green skin, has a butter flavour and does not brown (oxidise) once cut.
Late season Pearl, Palmer and Honey gold mango varieties are now available at your local greengrocer. Mangoes are $3-$5 each, depend on variety and size.
Coming into season sweet persimmons, custard apples, guava, fresh walnuts, almonds and pistachios.
Golden cobs of sweetcorn are a popular buy and a family favourite. Boil whole cobs or remove kernels for fritters, muffins and salads. Sweetcorn is 50¢-70¢ a cob.
Snakes beans continue to be a great buy. Ideal for Asian dishes and stir-fries, snakes are complemented by flavours, such as garlic, ginger, tomatoes and fresh herbs. Expect to pay $1.50-$2.50 a bunch.
Broccoli is a top buy this week at $3-$4 a kilo.
Eggplants are $3-$5 a kilo. Fresh, young eggplants do not require salting, unless you intend deep-frying. Cut eggplant into 1 cm slices brush with olive oil and grill until soft and golden. Use in a vegetable lasagne or add to a pizza topping. Try this tasty Eggplant, tomato and pinenut salad.
There is a good supply of plump, ripe salad tomatoes around this week from Victoria, Western Australia, Queensland and from Sydney growers. Salad tomatoes are selling for $3-$4 a kilo, Truss Tomatoes $3-$6, Oxheart tomatoes $10-$12 and Roma tomatoes $3-$6 a kilo.
Telegraph cucumbers are the thriftiest buy at $2-$2.50 each.
Depending on size zucchinis are selling for $3-$5 a kilo. Add grated zucchini to pasta dishes, sauté sliced zucchinis with crushed garlic until tender or enjoy sliced zucchini cooked on the barbecue brushed with rosemary flavoured olive oil.
Versatile celery is a good buy at $2.50-$3 a bunch. For maximum shelf life, store unwashed celery in an air tight container in the fridge.
South Australian washed potatoes are a popular buy at $2.50-$3 a kilo. The perfect for a classic potato salad with dill, bacon and egg.
Apart from their delicious culinary uses, fresh herbs also offer numerous health benefits. For a low cal, boost of flavour, add coriander, basil, thyme, oregano or parsley to your salads, marinades, stir-fries and rice dishes. Fresh herbs are $2-$3.50 a bunch.
Late summer – early autumn is a fabulous time for a whole range of glorious flowers. We highly recommend lisianthus, dahlia, celosia, pineapple lily, snap dragon, Siam tulips, sedum, beehive ginger, sunflowers, kale, spray roses, chrysanthemums, hanging amaranth, dancing lady, tulips and tiger lily.
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
Published On 2018-02-19 15:35:00Print Page