Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
23 - 29 October 2017


FRUIT

Sweet, juicy and ultra-flavoursome Kensington Pride and Calypso mangoes are a seasonal treat and bargain this week at $2-$4 each, depending on size and variety.

A flush of blueberries has arrived this week and blueberries are selling for $2-$4 blueberries a punnet depending on size and quality. Did you know that purple foods can help protect your brain?

New season, low chill, yellow and white fleshed peaches and nectarines from the NSW North Coast, Hawkesbury and Renmark are selling for $7-$16 a kilo, depending on size, variety and flesh colour. Some varieties of nectarine develop an attract speckle on the skin, this is an indication that the fruit high in sugar and will be sweet eating. Avoid fruit that is overly green around the stem.

The attractive crimson flesh of a sweet seedless watermelon makes a refreshing change. Enjoy a slice or wedge as a healthy snack or dessert fruit. It also is a tasty addition to a homemade juice. Seedless watermelons are selling for around $2 if purchased whole. Precut fruit is around $2.50 a kilo.

Sweet and tangy Queensland pineapples are $3-$5 each. Pineapples do not ripen further after harvesting, once cut, cover and refrigerate. Serve sliced, diced, crushed or pureed. These Pineapple & Chicken Satay Kebabs are tasty.

Small quantities of mulberries and blackberries are now available.

VEGETABLES

Fast to cook, versatile, healthy and delicious – Aussie green asparagus is a bargain at $1-$2 a bunch. Barbecue, sauté or steam and serve with cracked black pepper and Parmesan cheese. Supplies of the attractive purple asparagus are also available at $2-$3 a bunch. Toss asparagus with seasonal greens and a Ginger & Soy Dressing. Liven up a pasta dish, stir-fry or rice dish with broccoli florets or cut heads into 4 thick slices to serve steamed for barbecued, then drizzled with a salsa Verde or Romanesque sauce. Broccoli is retailing at $3-$4 a kilo.

If you’re a fond of nutty flavoured broad beans be sure to pick up a kilo this week. Choose firm, pale green broad beans with plump, rather than bulging, pods. Smaller young pods house the most tender beans. Snap up premium quality broad beans for $3-$4 a kilo.

Team mild aniseed-flavoured, Victorian fennel at $1.50-$2 a bulb with sweet and tangy late season blood oranges for only $3-$4 a kilo. This Blood Orange, Fennel And Chicken Salad is a delicious mid-week meal.

Vibrant Lebanese cucumbers add a juicy crunch to salads and are perfect to serve with dips. Cucumbers team well with the fresh flavours like mint and dill, tomatoes, lemon, sour cream, feta and yoghurt. Lebanese cucumbers are $2-$4 a kilo.

Sold by the bunch, tender English spinach is delicious eaten raw or cooked. Wash leaves and stems then shred to add them to a salad, omelette, pasta dishes or a risotto. English spinach is good value at $1.50-$2 a bunch.

A fun way to let the kids in your neighbourhood know that you are willing to participate in a trick or treat on the 31st October is to place a glowing jack o lantern at your front door or gate. Halloween pumpkins are increasingly becoming a seasonal favourite. You will find them at your local greengrocer.

If you’re tossing together a stir-fry, pick up a few bunches of Asian vegetables such as Bok choy and Choy sum, at $1.50-$2 a bunch, they are great value, full of flavour and only take minutes to cook Be sure to snap up delicate flavoured zucchinis at $3-$4 a kilo. For something different, slice and marinate in soy sauce, and grill at your next barbecue. Zucchinis can also be added to a stir-fry, grated and baked in a cake or added them to a frittata.

Snap up large globe artichokes before the season comes to an end for $1.50-$2 each or baby artichokes for $4-$6 a kilo. Select fresh-looking deep green or purple artichokes with firm heads and tightly closed leaves. They should feel heavy for their size. Once cooked, their tender delicious hearts are superb simply drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and served with prosciutto, tomato and bocconcini cheese.

FLOWERS

Australian grown peonies and hydrangea season have started, also in season chincherinchee, lilac, ranunculus, lily of the valley, rose lilies, red and white waratahs, Guilder rose (snow ball), lisianthus, freesia, David Austin roses, sweet williams, fragrant boronia, sweet pea, snap dragon, delphinium, pin cushions or gerbera.

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 the produce and the trading area. For further information, please contact Sue Dodd, Retailer Support Manager on mobile 0438 725 453.


Published On 2017-10-24 10:36:00

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