Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
20 - 26 February 2017


FRUIT

Rockmelons are super flavoursome and a bargain at $3-$5 each, depending on size.

Crunch into a naturally-sweet, new season royal gala apple. Harvesting is underway in orchards across Stanthorpe, Batlow and Victoria. Royal gala apples are retailing at your local greengrocer for $3-$5 a kilo.

Grab a bunch of delicious, juicy table grapes. Select from Thompson Seedless, Crimson seedless, natural sultana grapes and Black Muscat at $4-$10 a kilo, depending on variety.

Bursting with flavour and antioxidants blueberries from Victoria and Tasmania are available for $3-$5 a punnet.

Creamy Queensland bananas are an Aussie favourite, prices are $3-$4 a kilo, depending on quality and size.

Serve succulent figs. Perfect in a salad or served with a brie soft or blue cheese. For a tasty way to enjoy figs cut them in half and sprinkle with brown sugar and grill until warm. Treat yourself to a few plump figs; they are ranging in price from $1-$3 each depending on variety and size.

It’s time to discover finger limes. This Australian native citrus also known as “citrus caviar” offers a pleasant burst in the mouth citrus flavour and pop of texture that is ideal for serving with avocados, papaya, seafood and teamed with creamy rich dessert is reduces richness. Sold in punnets finger limes are available fresh until April.

Economical and naturally sweet, Williams pears are a family favourite that ripen quickly, turn from green to a buttery yellow. Howell pears are an older pear variety with large oval to teardrop shaped fruit. If cooking with pears use firm fruit, and semi ripe for eating. Williams and Howell pears are $2-$4 a kilo.

Tangy flavoursome plums are at their peak supply. Both yellow flesh and red fleshed varieties perfect for stewing or poaching. Expect to pay $2-$10 a kilo on average for include October Sun, Tegan Blue, Sugar plums, Angelo, however the new Queen Garnet are $15-$20 a kilo.

It’s the ideal time to enjoy cooking with late season peaches and nectarines. Desserts like this peach & passionfruit tart or roasted peaches with sweet shiraz syrup are ultra-delicious. There are still lots of varieties and sizes available so make the most of the late season varieties before these season wraps up. Peaches and nectarines are available for $3-$7 a kilo.

VEGETABLES

Add brightly coloured red capsicums to stir fries, casseroles, pizza, pasta dishes and is delicious cooked on the barbecue. Field grown red capsicums are $3-$6 a kilo while the glasshouse capsicums are $6-$10 a kilo.

With it attractive orange flesh and rich creamy texture kumara is delicious roasted and enjoyed hot or cold in a salad or couscous dish. Spice it up with a little grated ginger, chopped coriander or cumin to make it extra special. Medium to large sized kumara is $2-$4 a kilo.

Turn the humble pumpkin into a star performer this week. Jap pumpkins are delicious roasted and used in salads; they also add a golden colour and nutty sweetness to pasta dishes, curries, risotto or a frittata. Jap pumpkins have a bright orange flesh and sweet nutty flavour; expect to pay 60¢-$2 a kilo, whole.

The alluring aroma of fresh caramelising onions is guarantees to please. Summer barbecues are not complete without onions served with snags or steak sandwiches. Grab a kilo of brown onions for $2-$3 a kilo and red onions $2-$4.

Apart from their delicious culinary uses, fresh herbs also offer numerous health benefits. For a low cal, boost of flavour, add coriander, basil, thyme, oregano or parsley to your salads, marinades, stir-fries and rice dishes. Fresh herbs are $2-$3.50 a bunch.

FLOWERS

Late summer flowers in plentiful supply are Siam tulips, gerberas, coral celosia, alstroemeria, bouvardia, dahlias, tuberoses, sunflowers, pineapple lilies lisianthus, chestnut foliage, David Austin roses, lotus pods, flowering gum, oriental and tiger lilies, Easter daisies, clethra, sedum, carnations, ping pong chrysanthemum, tropical flowers like ginger flowers, heliconia and crab claws.

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 2017-02-12 21:45:00

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