Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
16 - 21 July 2019


FruitCreamy and delicious Cavendish bananas are nourish and filling. Serve banana smoothies to kids as an after school refreshing energy packed drink, add banana slices to you’re a bowl or your favourite breakfast cereal, or top a toasted English muffin with fresh ricotta banana slices and a drizzle of honey. Go banana’s this week for only $2-$3 a kilo.

Looking for a low kilojoules snack, then you can’t go passed Aussie apples. There is a fabulous selection of apples at your local greengrocer; varieties include Royal Gala, Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Jazz and Fuji apples. Most apples are retailing at $3-$7 kilo depending on type and size.

Hass avocados have a butter-like texture and rich nutty flavour. Winter is the peak time, to make the most of avocados as the quality and price $1.50-$3 each, depending on size.

Choose vibrant orange tangelos that feel heavy for their size. The skin may feel loose as the fruit is a cross between a mandarin and a grapefruit. Juicy vitamin C rich tangelos are $3-$6 a kilo.

Rhubarb is in good supply and selling for $4-$5 a bunch. Stew chopped rhubarb with strawberries and top with a tasty crumble topping.

Naturally sweet and juicy, pears are ‘pear’fect for adding sliced to salads or enjoy them roasted or poached. Select from Packham, Buerru Bosc and Corella varieties. Prices are ranging from $3-$7 a kilo depending on variety and size.

It is a top year for sweet, juicy oranges. Navels oranges are ranging in price from $3-$5 a kilo, depending on size. Cara cara navel oranges are sweet eating, their flesh colour is an attractive shade of orangey –pink $4-$5 a kilo. Exquisite juicy, fragrant blood orange season has started fruit is selling for $4-$6 a kilo. Add the segments to a winter salad, use juice and zest in cakes, puddings and biscuits.

Scoop up a kiwifruit and enjoy this fabulous source of vitamin C. Purchase firm kiwifruit and allow to ripen at room temperature until slightly soft. Green kiwifruits are $4-$7 a kilo, depending on size.

Juicy lemons are $3-$5 a kilo. Drizzle a little lemon juice over tomato-based casseroles at the end of cooking to enhance flavour or combine finely grated lemon rind with finely chopped flat-leaf parsley and crushed garlic in a gremolata to sprinkle over crumbed lamb cutlets or osso bucco.


VegetablesPurchasing carrots in a kilo bag is thrifty and convenient for only $2-$2.50. Carrots add a lovely sweetness to soups, casseroles, try them pureed or mashed, roasted or steamed. Mix it up and try extra tasty and vibrant purple carrots sold by the bunch are $4.

Packed with fresh produce, stir-fries are the ideal meal for busy people. For a quick and easy meal; toss a medley of Asian leafy greens such as bok choy and choy sum with marinated beef or chicken. Locally grown Asian greens are $1.50-$2 a bunch.

Premium quality parsnips are in season and available for $10- $11 a kilo. Parsnips are delicious roasted and add a unique sweetness to soups and casseroles or try cooking in milk and pureeing with a dollop of cream, season and serve with steak, chicken or fish. This slow-cooker Moroccan parsnip & lamb casserole is flavoursome.

Fennel is a good source of fibre it also supplies potassium and folate, all for very few kilojoules. Delicious served cooked or raw, fennel teams deliciously with cheese, tomato, orange, ham, lemon, seafood, garlic, chicken stock, pasta, Pernod, cream, olive oil or lamb. Toss Fennel through cooked spaghetti with chopped fonds and toasted pine nuts with grape tomatoes. Fennel is selling for $1.50-$2.50 a bulb.

Warm up your winter cooking with feisty chillies. Freshly harvested from Bundaberg and Bowen, chillies are plentiful. The mild long red chillies are ideal for adding a gentle kick or if you really want to spice it up try the green Jalapeño variety. Long red chillies are around $10 a kilo.

Super healthy mushrooms add a rich meaty flavour to your cooking. Add minced mushrooms to your meatloaves, burger patties, sausage roll fillings and Bolognese sauce for richer flavour, to reduce the fat content and increase the nutritional value. Mushrooms are $10-$12 a kilo for white mushrooms and $12-$15 for brown mushrooms such as Portabella and Swiss browns.

Broccoli supplies are coming from NSW, Victoria and Queensland, and most of the growing areas are experiencing extra cold overnight temperatures, this slows up the growing time and turns broccoli heads purple. Prices are up this week are supplies are reduced. Broccoli is retailing for $3-$4 a kilo.

With their slightly nutty flavour, Jerusalem artichokes are perfect for soups, roasting and adding to mashes. Roast unpeeled whole Jerusalem artichokes in olive oil with garlic and fresh thyme for about 30 minutes or until just tender. Season and serve. Jerusalem artichokes are $8-$10 a kilo.


FlowersJuly is a superb month to enjoy fresh cut flowers as there is fantastic variety, the quality is superb and flowers are great value. This week’s best buys include poppies, stock, sweet pea, freesia, wattle, violets, forget me knots, tulip, Pink ice protea, kales, Dutch Iris, chrysanthemum, cymbidium orchids, roses, daffodil, paper cheer white jonquils, freesia, snapdragon and flowering blossom.

Prices quoted in this report are only relevant for the week. All prices are estimates only as prices vary depending on the variety, size and quality of the produce and the trading area. For further information, please contact Sue Dodd, Marketing Consultant on 02 9325 6200. Please credit the source if republishing images or copy.

Published On 2019-07-22 17:25:00

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