Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
22 - 28 January 2018


FRUIT

Fig season is underway and there are certainly more figs around this week, enjoy a fig for 50¢-$3 each.

Crisp, crunchy and naturally sweet, Sunraysia grown grapes are superb eating. Select from white, red and black seedless varieties. Grapes are ranging in price from $4-10 a kilo.

Fragrant and juicy rockmelon from the Riverland of NSW are a thrifty buy at $3-$5 each, depending on size.

Juicy limes are 30¢-60¢ each. Your local greengrocer is sure to offer specials on bulk buys. 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.

It has been a bumper mango season and supplies of quality tropical tasting mangoes continue to arrive at your local greengrocer. If you're looking for more delicious ideas for serving mangoes, in salad, salsas or desserts we have lots of recipes. So, pick up a few mangoes while they are $2-$5 each. Calypso mangoes are the best buy.

Late summer to autumn is the peak season for tangy red and yellow fleshed plums. Depending on variety plums are available from your local greengrocer for $3-$8 a kilo, depending on variety.

Late summer yields a plentiful supply of tangy–sweet passionfruit. Choose fruit that is heavy for its size, a slightly wrinkled appearance is quite acceptable. Avoid small, dry, withered and discoloured fruit. Passionfruit are 70¢-$1 each depending on variety. Look for bulk buy specials at your local greengrocer.

You can’t go passed the tremendously good value of quality peaches and nectarines at this time of year. Fruit is coming from Forbes, Batlow, Shepparton and Bilpin and is loaded with flavour. Choice from yellow and white flesh fruit $3-$7 a kilo. It’s a good week to whip up a Peach and PassionfruitTart.

New season Williams, Clapp and miniature sized Paradise pears are now available for under $3 a kilo.

Snap up ultra flavoursome, Tasmanian cherries for $10-$30 a kilo.

Queensland grown Sheppard avocados season has started. This smooth-skinned and pear-shaped avocado does not turn brown when cut. Expect to pay $3-$4 for an avocado.

VEGETABLES

Snakes beans continue to be a great buy. Ideal for Asian dishes and stir-fries, snakes are complemented by flavours, such as garlic, ginger, tomatoes and fresh herbs. Expect to pay $2-$3 a bunch. This Chilli, Snake Bean & Pork Stir-Fry With Eggs is a tasty mid-week meal.

Fire up your wok and toss together a quick stir-fry using economical and great tasting Asian leafy greens at 80¢-$1 a bunch.

Summer tomatoes are richly flavoured and there are so many more varieties to savour. If you love to bottle your own passata (tomato sauce) than an 18-kilo box of saucing tomatoes is $25-$30.

Choose the crispiest baby Cos lettuce and store in a plastic container in the fridge. Top tip Don’t store lettuce next to apples, pears or melons in the fridge as these fruits will cause the lettuce to deteriorate rapidly. Baby Cos are $2 a head, traditional Cos $2-$2.50 and Iceberg $3-$3.50 a head. Lettuce cups are easy to make, healthy and fun to eat.

Eggplants at $3-$5 a kilo are a superb buy again this week. Fresh, young eggplants do not require, disgorging (salting) unless you intend deep-frying. Cut eggplant into 1 cm slices brush with olive oil and grill until soft and golden. Use in a vegetable lasagne or add to a pizza topping.

Zucchini’s are $3 $5 a kilo. Add grated zucchini to cakes, pasta sauces and meatloaf or thinly slice lengthwise and add to a salad. They are also delicious Slice them in half and cook on the barbecue.

Potatoes from South Australia are plentiful. Whip up a tasty potato salad, made with Desiree, washed or brushed potatoes. A 5-kilo bag of potatoes is $3-$7.

Locally grown sweetcorn is one of summer's star vegetables. Add corn to salads, salsas, fritters, pasta dishes, meat patties and rice dishes for colour and sweetness. Cobs of sweetcorn are retailing at 50¢-80¢ each.

FLOWERS

Summer offers a splendid array of flowers to enjoy at home or in the office. Visit your local florist and pick up flowering gum, hydrangea, tuberose, crab claws, roses, sunflowers, pineapple lily, Queen Anne Lace, dahlias, snap dragons, bouvardia, oriental lilies, water lilies, amaranthus, lupins, lotus pods, gerbera and a super range of greenery. To obtain the maximum vase life, remember to trim the stems and refresh the water every 2 days.

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 2018-01-22 15:35:00

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