Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
21 - 27 January 2019


FruitThe coolest fruit of the season, vivid pink seedless watermelons from Cowra is at its best now. Priced at $1-$2.50 a kilo when purchased whole, watermelon is a bargain. Try adding thickly sliced watermelon to the barbecue warm through and serve with crumbled feta cheese and fresh mint, it’s delicious.

Fragrant and juicy rockmelon from the Riverland of NSW are a thrifty buy at $2-$4 each, depending on size. Alternative the super sweet Piel de sapo melons (also known as Christmas melons) are $3-$6 a kilo.

Don’t forget the passionfruit at 70¢-$1 each depending on variety for the Australia day fruit salad or pavlova topping. Look for bulk buy specials at your local greengrocer.

Crisp, crunchy and naturally sweet, Sunraysia grown grapes are superb eating. Select from white, red and black seedless varieties. Grapes are ranging in price from $3-15 a kilo.

Fig season is underway and there are certainly more figs around this week, enjoy a fig for 50¢-$3 each.

Juicy tangy limes are 20¢-$1 each. Your local greengrocer is sure to offer specials of bulk buys. To obtain the maximum amount of juice from a lime, warm the fruit in the microwave for 30 seconds or roll firmly on the kitchen bench then juice. This Coriander, Mint & Lime Chicken Noodle Salad is a fabulous mid-week family meal.

It has been a bumper mango season and supplies of quality tropical tasting mangoes continue to arrive at your local greengrocer. Pick up a few Calypso, Honeygold, Kensington Pride and R2E2 mangoes for $2-$5 each and try these Creamy Mango & Passionfruit Pops.

Late summer to autumn is the peak season for tangy red and yellow fleshed plums. Depending on variety plums are available from your local greengrocer for $2-$10 a kilo, depending on variety.

You can’t go passed the tremendously good value of quality peaches and nectarines at this time of year. Fruit is coming from Forbes, Batlow, Shepparton and Bilpin and is loaded with flavour. Choice from yellow and white flesh fruit $2-$10 a kilo. It’s a good week to whip up a Peach and Passionfruit Tart.

Snap up ultra flavoursome Tasmanian cherries for $10-$30 a kilo the season will end soon.


VegetablesThis Australia Day serve barbecued veggies cooked to perfection as a side dish, as part of an antipasto plate or make them the feature of your BBQ.

Zucchinis take on a new life when barbecued. Slice lengthwise into 2 or 3 slices, spray with olive oil and barbecue on the grill for 2-4 minutes or thread zucchini, mushrooms and capsicum to bamboo skewers and barbecue until tender. Zucchinis are $4-$6 a kilo.

Barbecued red capsicum becomes sweeter and tastier. Enjoy warm or cool and remove the thin skin and add sliced to a salad. Capsicum are retailing at $2-$6 a kilo, depending on origin and quality.

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 $2-$3 a bunch. This Chilli, Snake Bean & Pork Stir-Fry With Eggs is a tasty mid-week meal.

Summer tomatoes are richly flavoured and there are so many more varieties to savour. If you love to bottle your own passata (tomato sauce) than an 18-kilo box of saucing tomatoes is $25-$30. Salad and Truss tomato are $2-$5 a kilo.

Locally grown sweetcorn is one of summer's star vegetables. Add corn to salads, salsas, fritters, pasta dishes, meat patties and rices dishes for colour and sweetness. Cobs of sweetcorn are retailing at 50¢-$1 each.

Choose the crispiest baby cos lettuce and store in a plastic container in the fridge. Top tip: Don’t store lettuce next to apples, pears or melons in the fridge as these fruits will cause the lettuce to deteriorate rapidly. Baby Cos are $1.50-$2 a head, traditional Cos $3-$4 and Iceberg $3-$3.50 a head. Lettuce cups are easy to make healthy and fun to eat.

Eggplants at $3-$7 a kilo are a superb buy again this week. Fresh, young eggplants do not require, disgorging (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.

Potatoes from South Australia and Robertson in NSW are plentiful. Whip up a tasty potato salad, made with Desiree, washed or brushed potatoes. A 5-kilo bag of potatoes is $3-$7. 1 kilo will set you back $2-$3 a kilo.

Fire up your wok and toss together a quick stir-fry using economical and great tasting Asian leafy greens at $1.50-$2 a bunch.


FlowersSummer offers a splendid array of flowers to enjoy at home or in the office. Visit your local florist and pick up tuberose, flowering gum, hydrangea, lotus pods, crab claws, roses, sunflowers, pineapple lily, celosia, sunflowers, Siam tulip, queen anne lace, dahlias, water lilies, amaranthus, lupins, zinnia, gerbera and a super range of greenery. To obtain the maximum vase life, remember to trim the stems and refresh the water every 2 days.

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 02 9325 6200. Please credit source if republishing images or copy.

Published On 2019-01-21 13:15:00

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