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


FRUIT

Fresh berries make the ultimate simple summer or special occasion dessert. Select from raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, loganberries, red currants and strawberries all are in season. Puree a mixture of berries and fold through whipped cream or yoghurt. Serve in glasses with biscotti or toasted almonds. Berries are at their very best for value and quality in December. Berries are ranging from $2-$6.

Your local greengrocer has the most highly fragrant peaches and nectarines. This fruit will delight your senses and your budget. Prices range from $4-$10 a kilo, depending on size, flesh colour and quality. Consider buying fruit by the tray as it is more economical and the fruit keeps better as it is handled less.

Celebrate the festive season with sweet eating cherries. Prices are expected to range from $10-$60 a kilo depending size, variety and growing region. For maximum quality use within 2-3 day of purchasing. This Christmas treat the family to a Cherry & chocolate pavlova it is a fabulous festive dessert.

Exotic and flavoursome; fresh lychees are a sweet summer sensation and now is the best time to make the most of lychees. To store lychees, place in a sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator. Lychees are $25-$35 a kilo, depending on variety.

Blushing apricots make a scrumptious and nutritious snack, as apricots are rich in vitamin A and C. Serve apricots with turkey or chicken or make tangy relish with these gems. Apricots are $4-$15 a kilo, depending on size and variety.

Luscious, juicy mangoes are a summer favourite. There are plenty fruit available this week, expect to pay $2-$4 each or $20-$40 a tray. Celebrate with a Mango, passionfruit & raspberry cream trifle.

Serve large creamy fleshed Hass avocados in salads, with prawns or on toasted with Christmas ham. Avocado makes a meal more luxurious. This Avocado, baby spinach & prawn salad makes a fabulous light team or starter. Hass Avocadoes are $2.50-$4 each and Reed avocados $3.50-$4.50.

New season grapes are firm and bursting with flavour. Grab a bunch or two for $8-$15 a kilo.

VEGETABLES

For a festive coloured roasted or salad team green zucchini (at $3-$6 a kilo) and red capsicum ($6-$12 a kilo) together with garlic cloves and Spanish onions ($3-$5 a kilo).

Tasty Queensland grown machine harvested green beans are $3-$5 a kilo and the premium handpicked beans $8-$10 a kilo. Toss cooked beans with a drizzle of olive oil, lemon rind and roasted garlic and serve hot.

Sweet potato wedges made with kumara are delicious, alternative sweet potato makes are delicious gratin or add to a cold to a potato salad. Kumara is $2-$5 a kilo.

Carrots are a bargain at $2-$3 for a one kilo. Roasted carrots are deliciously sweet, sprinkle with fresh thyme for added flavor.

Fresh herbs make add flavour to festive cooking. Sprinkle fresh thyme sprigs across roasted vegetables, add sage and parsley to your meat stuffing’s. Team 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.

Desiree, Pontiac, and brushed potatoes are $4-$6 a kilo. Gourmet potatoes such as Kipfler and Dutch Cream are $6-$7 a kilo.

FLOWERS

Christmas week means that red, white, gold and green foliage are in big demand, so contact your florist early to place your order. There is a spectacular range of fresh flowers and foliage available this week including Christmas Bush, Christmas Bells, holly, spruce, potted poinsettias. Also check out the sea holly (dyed gold & silver) berzelia, kangaroo paw, Queen anne's lace, chestnut foliage, classic roses and spray roses, buddleia, flowering gum, hydrangea, peonies, gardenia, lisianthus, celosia, gardenia, 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 2016-12-19 08:45:00

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