Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
21 - 27 November 2016


FRUIT

Luscious tropical flavoured mangoes are eating deliciously and very reasonably priced at $2-$4 each. Select from Kensington Pride, R2E2 and Calypso. Allow firm mangoes to ripen at room temperature until flesh yields to gentle pressure around the stem. Consider buying a tray.

There are good supplies of sweet eating berries. Fragrant strawberries are a top buy at $2 -$5 a punnet (depending on variety and size), blueberries are attractively priced at $3-$4.50 a punnet and divine tasting raspberries are $4-$7 a punnet.

Both yellow and white fleshed varieties of juicy peaches and nectarines are available. Tasty stone fruit is ranging in prices from $4-$15 a kilo. A delicious and easy dessert is to roast stonefruit.

Hawkesbury grown Valencia oranges are ultra-juicy. As the weather warms up you will notice the skin of the Valencia re-greens. This is the fruits way of creating a natural sunscreen and it does not affect eating quality. In fact it signals to fruit is rich in natural sugars. Valencia oranges are $1.50-$4 a kilo.

Cherries supplies are picking up and the prices are easing. There are a few different sizes and varieties available, expect to pay $7-$15 for a 500g prepack. Harvesting of white cherries has started.

Golden-fleshed apricots are scrumptious eaten fresh or cook. Add apricots to savoury or sweet dishes turn them into homemade jam, spicy apricot chutney or poach apricots in a vanilla syrup to serves as a dessert or for breakfast. Apricots are $6-$10 a kilo.

VEGETABLES

We are spoiled for choice when it comes to the range of flavoursome tomatoes. Mix it up and enjoy different coloured tomatoes. Sold by the punnet and loose, now it’s the time to enjoy medley tomatoes (a variety punnet), the chocolatey red skinned Ortello and classic oxheart tomatoes are fleshy and bursting with flavour.

Team fragrant finely sliced basil leaves with diced mango and tomato, grated ginger and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve as an appetiser spooned onto crunchy bruschetta or with fish as a salsa. Fresh basil is $2-$3 a bunch.

Versatile celery is a thrifty at $2-$4 a bunch. Add celery to stir-fries, salads or team in a classic partnership with carrot and onion and use to add flavour to a risotto or sauce.

Refreshing Lebanese cucumbers are sweet, crunchy and $3-$4 a kilo alternatively Telegraph cucumbers are $2 each or checkout the baby cucumbers sometimes sold as Qukes, they are extra crunchy and around $3 a punnet. Look for firm cucumbers and store in the refrigerator away from apples to maximise the storage time.

Asian leafy greens are quick to cook, versatile and super nutritious. Add a bunch or two of bok choy or choy sum to your shopping basket, to enjoy in stir-fries or steam to serve as a side veg, a bargain at $1-$2 a bunch.

For value, taste and versatility fresh asparagus is a winner; its delicate nutty flavour can be enjoyed raw or cooked. Asparagus is a top buy at $2-$2.50 a bunch. Buy crisp asparagus spears with tightly-closed tips. Choose bunches with even-sized spears that require the same cooking time.

Popular sweetcorn is a thrifty buy this week at 70¢-$1 a cob. Have you tried cooking cobs of corn on the barbecue? Carefully pull back the green husks and remove the silk-like threads from the corn cob. Pull over the husk to enclose the cob, and tie with cooking string. Soak in cold water for 10 minutes, then barbecue over medium heat, turning often, for 15–20 minutes until kernels are tender. Corn rapidly loses its sweetness, so use within 1–2 days.

Zucchini’s continue to be a good buy this week at $3-$6 a kilo, depending size. Roast chopped zucchini with capsicum, red onion and eggplant until tender. Serve at room temperature with rocket, hummus and crusty bread.

Pop cauliflower on your shopping list for $3-$4 a head and broccoli is good buy this week at $3-$4 a kilo.

FLOWERS

This week I recommended hydrangeas (white, blue, pinks and mauve), peonies, Oriental lilies, achilleas, agapanthus (white and purple), David Austin roses, delphinium, buddleia, sunflowers, artichoke flowers, crab claws, king proteas, spider orchids, Canterbury bells, snap dragons, leuadendrom and lisianthus.

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 2016-11-21 08:45:00

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