Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
16 - 22 January 2017


FRUIT

Sweet Australian blueberries are a top buy this week at $2.50-$3.50 a punnet. Blueberries are one of nature’s superfoods brimming with beneficial nutrients and antioxidants. Simply rinse them in cold water, just before using. Add to salads, smoothies, breakfast, desserts or muffins. These blueberry hotcakes are a delicious way to start the day.

You can’t go passed the extremely fantastic quality and value of peaches and nectarines at this time of year. Packed with summery flavour you will find both yellow and white fleshed peaches and nectarines are readily available. Expect to pay $3-$10 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

For a sweet summer sensation pick up a bag of new season lychees. They’re easy to peel and are best value at this time of the year. Lychees are $6-$15 a kilo, depending on variety. Team lychees with chopped mango, banana and passionfruit pulp and serve with ice cream. Discover 5 delicious ways to enjoy lychees.

Tropical tasting passionfruit is a delicious accompaniment to most summer fruits. Small sized passionfruit are plentiful and greengrocers are selling passionfruit in net bags for $2-$3. Larger passionfruit will be 50¢-$1 each.

Seedless watermelons crisp, sweet and refreshing crimson flesh is a popular choice this week with prices dropping to $1-$2 a kilo for a whole melon and $1.50-$2.50 a kilo for a half or wedge.

Extra-large Tasmanian cherries are firm, large and sweet. Prices are ranging from $20-$30 a kilo. Smaller sized Orange grown cherries are $10-$20 a kilo. Season finishes shortly.

Paradise pears are available from December to February. These miniature-sized pears change colour from green to gold and develop a beautiful red blush when fruit is ripe. Eaten firm and crisp, paradise pears are refreshingly sweet. Expect to pay $7-$8 a kilo.

Rich in flavour and a bargain at $2.50-$4 a kilo, smooth and creamy and rich potassium bananas are storehouse of sustained energy. They also make a scrumptious cake or banana bread.

Juicy limes are plentiful and affordable right now. 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. Limes are 50¢-$1 each. Look for net bag specials of around $4-$5 for a kilo at your local greengrocer.

VEGETABLES

Kids and adults alike love the refreshing crunch of cucumbers. Lebanese cucumbers are so easy to prepare and complement a wide variety of salads, sandwiches and dips like the classic tzatziki. Sliced into thin batons, the Lebanese cucumber makes a terrific dipper. Pick up a kilo this week for only $3-$4 a kilo.

Delicious and nutritious summer salads are vibrant and healthy. Versatile Iceberg lettuce can be cut into chunk wedges for chicken salad, shredded for burger fillings or use the large crisp leaves as cups to serve a spicy meat filling like San Choy Bau. Iceberg lettuces are $2-$3 per head.

Zucchini’s are a breeze to prepare. No need to peel, simply slice, dice or grate. Their mild flavour makes them a hit with the kids. Add them to pasta dishes, rissoles, cakes and salads. Zucchini‘s are well priced at $4-$5 a kilo.

Salad and truss tomatoes retailing at $4-$5 a kilo. Cherry and grape tomatoes at $2-$3 a punnet.

Eggplants are at their best value from late summer to early autumn as Sydney growers are harvest quality crops. Select smooth eggplant with firm, satin-like, glossy skin, which feel heavy for their size. Eggplants are good value at $2-$5 a kilo.

Versatile and tasty snake beans are in season. Sold in bunches, snake beans are about 30cm in length and have a delicate flavour. Snake beans are a bargain at $1.50-$3 a bunch.

FLOWERS

Dahlia and asters are plentiful, fragrant Oriental lilies are top quality and have a long vase life. Sunflowers, tuberoses and Sea holly are in season Tropical flowers such as the striking Helconias and crabs claws are plentiful. We also like the gloriosa lilies, oriental lilies, lisianthus, hydrangea, gerberas, bouvardia, tuberoses, celosia, locally grown roses, gum blossom, calla lilies, Singapore orchids, pineapple lilies and Arab’s eyes. Red coloured flowers will be in big demand by the weeks end as the Chinese community prepares for Chinese New Year.

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.


Published On 2017-01-16 08:45:00

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