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


FRUIT

Blueberries have a unique distinct flavour and are rich in vitamin C and A. Enjoy blueberries fresh or cooked, they are a tasty addition to a muffin batter, team with apples to make a delicious crumble or ayer sliced banana and blueberries in serving glasses with vanilla ice-cream and drizzle with caramel sauce. Blueberries are $2-$4 a punnet.

Golden fleshed pineapples are naturally refreshing, versatile and a good source of vitamin C. Kids adore smoothies and fresh pineapples makes a delicious, tangy and easy to make mocktail, try our pineapple and mango slushie, it’s a refreshing treat. Pineapples are $2-$5 each, depending on size and variety.

At $3-$4 a kilo bananas are a top buy. Whip up a loaf of banana, honey and cinnamon bread for afternoon tea. 

As the weather warms up the mangoes keep improving with flavour. It’s a bumper year for NT mangoes and consumers are getting a bargain as mangoes are only $2-$4 each. PS you may need a napkin; they’re super juicy.

As we move closer to summer nectarine and peach supplies increase and the fruit becomes larger and richer in flavour. This week you will find yellow and white flesh varieties of peaches and nectarine from $8-$15 a kilo, depending on size and quality.

Vivid crimson fleshed seedless watermelon is always a hit. Supplies are currently from QLD and NT and the quality and prices are superb. Expect to pay $1.50-$2 a kilo for whole melon and $2-$2.50 a kilo for wedges. Toss diced watermelon with mint, rocket, feta and olives for a refreshing salad.

Ruby red rhubarb is a thrifty buy at $3-$4 a bunch. Microwave, sliced rhubarb stems in a little sugar or honey to sweeten. Serve hot or cold with vanilla ice-cream or custard.  This Rhubarb & Hazelnut Cake is crowd pleaser.

Plump juicy lemons are $3-$5 a kilo. Whisk together the juice of a lemon with olive oil, crushed garlic, a pinch of salt and sugar for a fresh salad dressing or to serve with an asparagus salad.

VEGETABLES

At this time of year there is an abundance of fresh greens available fresh every day at your local greengrocer.

Choose from green peas, snow peas and sugar snap peas to add to salads or stir-fries.  Peas are retailing at $6-$10 a kilo, depending on variety.

Tender eating asparagus at $1-$2 a bunch, broccoli at $3-$4 a kilo and Asian leafy greens at $1-$1.50 a bunch are delicious steamed or added to a range of quick meal options.

When it comes to beans, spring is the best time to enjoy broad beans for $4-$5 a kilo, their sweet nutty flavour is delicious teamed withpancetta, mint and feta cheese in a salad. Serve green beans from Queensland with a little crunch. Machine harvested Green beans are $3-$5 a kilo.

Warmer weather brings on the sweetest and crunchiest Lebanese cucumber. Add them to a salad, whip up a dip or added to veggies rice paper rolls. Lebanese cucumbers are $2-$4 a kilo.

Super crisp Cos lettuce is the classic lettuce of choice for a Caesar salad. With Cos Lettuce only $1-$3 each this week, we recommended serving a tasty and easy to prepare chicken Caesar salad this week. 

Salad tomatoes are plentiful and retailing at your local greengrocer for $3-$5 a kilo, depending on size. These Greek style stuffed tomatoes filled with rice and cheese are ultra-tasty. 

Fennel at $1.50-$2 a head is good value. Finely shred fennel removing the centre core, toss with finely chopped mushrooms and drizzle over olive oil, this dish is a tasty salad or entree. Pan-fry slices of baby fennel in oil and garlic until tender. Toss through cooked spaghetti with chopped fennel leaves and toasted pine nuts.

Large, vibrant orange Halloween pumpkins are available for a short time. Carve out a scary jack-o'-lantern and light it up with a tea candle, to create a little Halloween fun. Leave it at your front door or gate to let the children in your neighbourhood know that you are up for a little trick or treat. Halloween pumpkins are $2.50-$3 a kilo.

FLOWERS

October is a superb month for fresh flowers, quality and variety is superb. Pick up a bunch of lilac, chincherinchee, rose lilies, red and white waratahs, Guilder rose (snow ball), lisianthus, freesia, David Austin roses, sweet williams, sweet pea, snap dragon, delphinium, pin cushions, ranunculus or gerbera. 


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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 2017-10-17 11:20:00

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