Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
23 - 29 NOV 2020
Glossy red cherries are in season and sweet eating. Early season varieties are softer fleshed and flavoursome. Enjoy fresh cherries or cooking with them to preserve their delicious flavour. This microwave cherry relish is fast to make and ideal for serving with ham and makes a lovely .gift. Expect to pay $15-$40 a kilo depending on variety and size.
Golden, velvety skinned apricots are in season and available at your local greengrocer for $6-$15 a kilo, depending on size and variety. Add apricots to savoury or sweet dishes turn them into homemade jam, spicy apricot chutney or poach apricots in a vanilla syrup to serves as a dessert or for breakfast.
Flavoursome, aromatic and ultra-juicy peaches and nectarines well supplied. Select from white and yellow-flesh fruit numerous varieties are now available, select slipstone varieties for making summertime desserts like these Char-grilled peaches with coconut sour cream and honey. Expected pay $6-$15 a kilo.
Originating in Spain, Piel de sapo melons also known as the Christmas melon is about the size and shape of a football with an attractive green mottled rind and crisp, super sweet white-flesh. There are similar to a honeydew but super tasty. Enjoy a Piel de sapo melon this week for $3-$5 each, depending on size.
New-season Aussie grown grapes are in season. Look for green-skinned Menindee seedless variety for sweet eating and value, the pink-skinned Flame Seedless variety and the blacked-skinned Midnight Beauty. Wash grapes and store in the fridge to ensure they are crisp and firm eating. Menindee and Midnight Beauty are retailing at $10-$13 a kilo and the crunchy Flame seedless are $6-$8 a kilo.
Bananas are an all-time favourite. Expect to pay $2.50-$4 a kilo this week. When bananas start to develop a brown freckled appearance on the dulling yellow skin, this indicates that they are at prime ripeness and all the starch content has changed to sugar, so they are at their sweetest.
Shiny, delicate blackberries ($4-$5 a punnet) are range in colour from deep purple to black. Choose berries that are deep and evenly coloured; blackberries should be sweet and tart but never sour tasting. Serve blackberries with pancakes, puree into a coulis to serve with ice-cream, add to a crumble or berry trifle or serve with meringue or Pavlova. A tasty alternatively is raspberries are $2.50-$6 a punnet, depending on quality and size.
Sweet and juicy mangoes bring a lush tropical taste to your summer table. Mangoes are ideal on their own or in tempting chilled summer desserts. Ripen mangoes at room temperature until the fruit yields to gentle pressure around the stem. Mangoes are $2-$5 each, depending on variety and size.
Treat yourself to the first of the new season lychees. Did you know that Australia has the most extended longest lychee season in the world and produces more than 16 different varieties? Depending on variety, quality and seed size, lychees prices will range from $30-$50 a kilo, this week. This lychee, cucumber and duck noodle salad is flavour packed.
It’s time to take the heat out of the kitchen and enjoy alfresco feasts cooked on the barbecue. Load up your plate with healthy barbecued veggies. For value, taste and ease of cooking fresh asparagus is a winner. Premium quality asparagus is top of my list at $2-$2.50 a bunch.
Popular sweetcorn is a thrifty buy this week at $1-$1.50 a cob. Have you tried cooking cobs of corn on the barbecue? Carefully pull back the green husks and remove the silk-like threads from the corn cob. Pullover the husk to enclose the cob, and tie with cooking string. Soak in cold water for 10 minutes, then barbecue over medium heat, turning often, for 15–20 minutes until kernels are tender. Corn rapidly loses its sweetness, so use within 1–2 days.
Pop cauliflower on your shopping list for $2-$3.50 a head. Cut cauliflowers into this steaks and cook on the chargrill until tender and serve with this mint green yoghurt dressing.
Adding barbecued gloss black-skinned eggplant to the grill and enjoy that extra smoky flavour. Eggplants absorb flavours particularly well and team deliciously with flavours like tomato, garlic and basil. Premium glasshouse gown eggplant are $3.50-$6 a kilo. These Eggplant and mushroom lamb burgers are delicious.
Versatile Jap pumpkin is a thrifty buy a $2-$2.50 a kilo. Roasting pumpkin concentrates the flavour and it’s a delicious addition to a salad.
Tender, juicy and full of flavour Lebanese cucumbers are a top buy at $2-$4 a kilo. Thinly slice into ribbons and toss with smoked salad for a healthy salad.
Team fragrant finely sliced basil leaves with diced mango and tomato, grated ginger and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve as an appetiser spooned onto crunchy bruschetta or with fish as a salsa. Fresh basil is $3- $3.50 a bunch.
Zucchinis are a bargain at $2-$2.50 a kilo. Choose plump zucchini with glossy, unblemished skin. They’re best used within a few days and are super tasty cooked on the barbecue.
Slightly softer and sweeter than ordinary cabbage - Wombok also known as Chinese cabbage is a thrifty buy at $2.50-$3 a head. Add to salads, stir-fries, noodle dishes or a traditional hot pot.
As the days become warmer and longer more beans are available. Machine harvested green beans are this week best buy at $4-$5 a kilo.
More than just a side vegetable, popular broccoli is delicious blanched and tossed through a salad or perfect for adding to a stir-fry. Broccoli is good quality and prices are back to $2.50-$4 a kilo.
Serve healthy salads full of crisp salad greens and colourful summery vegetables. Cos lettuce and crunchy iceberg lettuce from Victoria is $2.50-$3 a head, depending on origin.
“Fresh flowers are more noticeable by their absence”. Magnificent peonies are at their best quality and value. Hydrangeas are divine and available now in pastels tones and richly coloured shades of blue and mauve. Learn more about hydrangeas. Also, in season this week is smoke bush, Christmas bush, dahlias, dancing lady orchids, holly, oriental lilies, achilleas, allium (garlic flowers) agapanthus (white and purple), David Austin roses, delphinium, buddleia, sea holly sunflowers, artichoke flowers, crab claws, king proteas, Canterbury bells, veronica, pink tea tree, chincherinchee, leucadendron and lisianthus. Pop into your local florist and pick up a bunch.
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 2020-11-23 16:22:00Print Page