Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
30 NOV - 6 DEC 2020


Good food is important but never more so than during the festive season. There is currently an incredible range of summer fruits and veggies, all bursting with flavour and possibilities now at your local greengrocer.

FRUIT

Fruit Nothing says festive season like sweet Australian grown cherries. Plump, glossy red fruit with their pretty green stems are delicious as a healthy snack; however, they are fabulous added to decadent joyous desserts like this cherry and chocolate Pavlova or cherry tiramisu trifle. Cherries will range in price from $8-$40 a kilo, depending on variety, 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. This fabulous make-ahead dessert is perfect for easy entertaining mango and white chocolate cheesecake. Mango prices will vary depending on the variety and size. Kensington Pride are short supplied as we wait for Mareeba’s season to increase volumes, so prices are ranging from $4-$6, R2E2 are $3-$5 each, Calypso are $3-$5 each.

For value, convenience and versatility you can’t bet creamy Innisfail bananas at $1.50-$3 a kilo.

With their juicy, luscious flesh and fragrant aroma peaches and nectarines are a popular choice. Both white and yellow flesh fruit is plentiful and the quality outstanding. Depending on size and variety, fruit is selling for $4-$12 a kilo.

Golden velvety skinned apricots are at their seasonal best in December. Apricots are retailing at $4-$12 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

December is a fabulous time for berries. Make the most of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, boysenberries, loganberries, blackberries, red currants this month depending on variety, berries are ranging in price from $2.50-$6 a punnet. This classic summer pudding is a lovely alternative to the traditional Christmas pudding. It can be made ahead of time and frozen. ,

Put some zing in your meals and drinks with tangy limes. Supplies of limes are increasing and prices are easing. Pop a kilo in the basket this week to use in cocktails, marinades, salad dressings and to enjoy with seafood. Limes are retailing at 50c -$1 each. Look for bulk buy specials.

Rockmelons are in season and available for $4-$6 each and tropical tasting pineapples are a top buy at $2-$5, depending on size and variety.

The coolest fruit of the season, vivid watermelon is at its best in summer. This week seedless watermelon is available at your local greengrocer for $2-$3 a kilo depending on if it’s whole or cut. Keep an eye out for Mini Lee melons. They are miniature watermelons, that dont take up much fridge space, they are retailing around $2-$3 a kilo.

Full-flavoured truss cherry tomatoes are a nice buy at $3-$5 a kilo, pick up a punnet of cherry tomatoes for $1.50-$3 or salad tomatoes $3-$6 a kilo. This tomato, fennel and burrata salad is a delicious way to enjoy the colour and flavour of tomatoes.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Whether your vegetarian, flexitarian or simply choose to eat a plant-based diet, these easy to make veggie burgers are super delicious and incorporate two of this week’s top buys carrots ( at $1.50-$2.50 a kilo) and zucchini.

Versatile zucchini is delicious eaten raw or cooked. Enjoy zucchini in stir-fries, frittatas, fritters, rice dishes, pasta sauces or team zucchini with tomatoes, basil, mint, lemons, parmesan, capers nuts or anchovies. Zucchini are $2-$4 a kilo.

Lebanese cucumbers have a cool and refreshing flavour and high water content. Serve cucumbers diced, thinly sliced, ribboned or cut into julienne. Complimentary flavours include fetta, garlic, mint, lemons, olives, cumin, fish and chicken. Lebanese cucumbers are $3-$4 a kilo. These avocado, prawn, mint and coriander rice paper rolls are ideal for serving with festive drinks.

Plump, fresh eggplant is ideal for vegetarian schnitzels. Once crumbed and cooked, eggplant is tender, mild-tasting and absolutely delicious served with a drizzle of mayonnaise and lemon juice. Eggplants are a choice buy at $3-$6 a kilo.

Fresh ruby red beetroot is sold by the bunch ($1.50-$2) or larger bulbs by the kilo ($2-$3). Delicious raw or cooked beetroot has a sweet, nutty –earth flavour. Beetroot is on trend and there are so many ways to add more healthy beetroot to your diet; in cleaning juices, salads or use the vibrant juice for adding colour and natural sweetness to a marinade. This beetroot-cured salmon with dill sauce is a festive dish that you can make ahead of time and serve as a starter. We love the way the colour kisses the salmon giving it a rosy coating.

Take your cooking to a new fresh and tasty level by using fresh herbs. Herbs add flavour to festive cooking. Sprinkle fresh thyme sprigs across roasted vegetables, add sage and parsley to your meat stuffing’s. Combine lots of basil leaves, extra virgin olive oil, sliced heirloom tomatoes and black olives to serve as a side dish. Fresh herbs are $2-$4 a bunch.

Fabulous for adding crunch to summer salads celery is selling this week for $2-$4 a bunch. Whip up an easy Rocket, celery and chicken salad with lemon mayonnaise.

Serve healthy salads full of crisp salad greens and tasty summer vegetables. Cos lettuce and crunchy iceberg lettuce from Victoria are $2-$3 ahead, depending on farm origin.

Red onions from Griffith and Gatton are plentiful, and that means they are a thrifty buy this week at $2-$4 a kilo, depending on size. Tip: Slice onions and place in icy cold water to crisp up the texture. Mild flavoured red onions are perfect for adding to salsas and salads.

Green beans have come back in price this week, you can enjoy machine harvested for $2.50-$4 a kilo and premium hand-picked beans for $6-$10 a kilo.

FLOWERS

Flowers Fresh cut flowers are plentiful and the variety at this time of year is extraordinary, so beautify your home by filling a vase with iris, oriental lilies, hydrangeas, sunflowers, carnations, Christmas bush, dahlias, gerbera, peonies, heliconia, lisianthus, calla and tiger lilies, roses, bouvardia, buddleia or agapanthus.


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 2020-11-30 16:07:00

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