Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
12 - 18 December 2016


FRUIT

Nothing compares to the sweet tropical aroma of a ripe mango. There are four varieties to select from Kensington Pride, Calypso and R2E2. Individual fruit will range from $1-$4 each, depending on variety and size. Buying by the tray will offer savings. For really value buy a tray of mangoes for $20-$30 or a ½ tray (of 9-12 mangoes) $10-$12 each. Whip a mango, passionfruit & ginger nut crumb with mascarpone.

White and yellow fleshed peaches and nectarines are plentiful and fruit just keeps getting sweeter. Depending on size and variety fruit is selling for $4-$8 a kilo.

The festive season is sweeter with cherries. Glossy flavoursome cherries will be range from $10-$30 a kilo depending on size and variety. For the extra special jumbo sized fruit you could pay up to $36 a kilo.

Pop a few juicy limes in your trolley for 80¢-$1 each or some greengrocer will offer a bag for around $3-$5 a kilo. A squeeze lime juice over seafood give a refresh tangy, use in bbq marinades or create a festive season cocktail.

Golden velvety skinned apricots are $4-$10 a kilo. Choose firm, evenly coloured apricots with a sweet fragrance; this indicates optimum flavour. Colour varies from pale to deep apricot, the deeper the colour, the higher the content of beta carotene. Refrigerate ripe fruit and use within 2 days.

Creamy Queensland bananas are selling for $1.50-$3 a kilo. Team them with tangy passionfruit at 80¢-$1 each. One passionfruit yields approximately 2 tablespoons of pulp and juice.

Luscious berriesraspberries, blackberries, boysenberries, strawberries, blueberries are in season and plentiful.

VEGETABLES

Grape and cherry tomatoes are rich in flavour and are only $2-$2.50 a punnet. Truss tomatoes are a nice buy at $3-$7 a kilo, Ox heart varieties $3-$6 a kilo.

For the summer barbecue mushrooms can simply be placed on the grill and brushed with a little oil or butter - flat mushrooms are ideal for this style of cooking. Be a little bit different this summer and add the power of mushrooms to your barbecue. Mushrooms are retailing at $6-$10 a kilo, depending on variety and quality.

Summer is the time to enjoy eggplants. There is so many ways to enjoy eggplant, roasted, grilled, barbecued or baked. Eggplants are $2-$6 a kilo. Adding barbecued eggplant to home-made burgers imparts and pleasant texture and extra smoky flavour. Eggplant & mushroom lamb burgers.

Fabulous for adding crunch to summer salads celery is this week selling for $2-$3 a bunch. Whip up a whip and easy Rocket, celery & chicken salad with lemon mayonnaise.

Broccoli is a highly nutritious vegetable and this week it is selling for $2-$3 a kilo. Good quality broccoli should have fresh-looking, light green stalks of consistent thickness. Bud clusters should be compact and dark green with some purple tinge.

Greengrocers are offering an ever expanding range of radish. The tradition red radish is now joined by two toned Fresh Radish, multi-coloured bunches and watermelon radish. Each variety adds delicate pepperiness to salads, sandwiches or use as an accompaniment to a festive crudité. Radishes are $1.50-$3 a bunch. This Lettuce, cucumber, radish & chicken salad is delicious and easy.

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. Zucchinis are $4-$6 a kilo.

Summer is prime time for crispy, crunchy beans. Toss steamed baby green beans in a salad with shaved baby fennel, parmesan cheese and halved cherry tomatoes. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice. Season to taste and serve with fish. Machine harvested green beans are a thrifty buy at $3-$4 a kilo and premium hand-picked beans are $8-$10 a kilo.

FLOWERS

It is time to plan your Christmas floral arrangements. Red flowers are very popular at Christmas so place your orders with your floral retailer early With Christmas fast approaching Christmas Bush, Christmas Bells, holly, spruce and potted poinsettias have started. Other great seasonal buys this week include classic roses and spray roses, Buddleia, flowering gum, hydrangea, peonies, gardenia, lisianthus, dahlia agapanthus, water lilies and lots of colourful gerberas.

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 tel 0438 725 453.


Published On 2016-12-12 08:45:00

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