Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
28 November - 4 December 2016


FRUIT

Fragrant, sunny yellow fleshed Katherine grow mangoes are sweet eating and plentiful. Expect to pay $2-$4 each depending on size and variety. Perfect for a delicious snack or dessert fruit or use a salsa. Serve diced mango chopped red chilli, lime juice, avocado and chopped coriander leaves. Serve with barbecued pork, chicken or fish.

Creamy bananas are particularly good eating this week and prices are back to $2-$3 a kilo.

Golden fleshed apricots are in season. Select plump apricots with a fragrant aroma and no sign of greening around the stem. Apricots are $8-$14 a kilo, depending on size, variety and quality.

New season yellow and white fleshed nectarines and peaches from the NSW North Coast, the Hawkesbury and Swan Hill. Nectarines are retailing at $3-$12 a kilo and peaches $6-$12 a kilo. Some varieties of nectarine develop an attract speckle on the skin this is an indication that the fruit is high in sugar and will be sweet eating. Avoid fruit that is overly green around the stem.

Pineapples are sweet, tangy and loaded with juice. Add them to a fruit salad, barbecue fresh pineapple slices with ham steaks or cut into wedges and enjoy as a snack. Pineapples are $2-$4 each with the topless low acid varieties selling for $2-$5 each.

Cherries are still unseasonably high, due to the reduced supply. Depending on variety and size cherries are retailing at $10-$30 a kilo.

Aromatic and flavoursome rockmelons are sweet eating. Rockmelons are $3-$4 each. Serve chilled melon wedges with prosciutto as a quick and easy starter or light lunch.

Avocados contain ‘good’ unsaturated fat and are the richest source of vitamin E of all fruits and vegetables. Australian grown Hass avocados are flavoursome, good quality and only $1.50-$4 each, depending on size. Toss sliced avocado with lime juice, coriander, salt and pepper and serve with barbecued prawn.

VEGETABLES

Premium glasshouse grown eggplant is super value at $3-$5 a kilo. Eggplants subtle flavour is complemented by fresh tomatoes, herbs and other vegetables. Try our recipe for Crumbled eggplant with quick Tzatziki or a super tasty eggplant, tomato and coriander salad.

Tomatoes are plentiful and most varieties are $3-$5 a kilo. Serve at room temperature to appreciate their best flavour. This Tomato, fennel & burrata salad is delicious way of enjoy the colour and flavour of tomatoes.

Versatile celery is a bargain this week at $3-$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.

Choose plump zucchinis with glossy, unblemished skin. Zucchinis are priced at $4-$6 a kilo. Use zucchini as a pasta substitute by cutting into long noodle like strips or add zucchini to a pizza topping, garlic cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and pancetta to create super tasty pizza.

A barbecue is not complete without mushrooms. Flats (large open mushrooms) have a rich intense flavour and meaty texture and sell for $6-$10 a kilo. Try barbecuing them with a dab of butter and crushed garlic.

Machine harvested green beans are a bargain this week at $3-$5 a kilo. Premium quality handpicked beans are $8-$10 a kilo.

With its delicious aniseed flavour and crisp texture, baby fennel adds vibrancy to spring salads. It has virtually no fat and few kilojoules, and refreshing raw or cooked. Baby fennel $2-$2.50 each. Add fennel to a salad like this Kumato, fennel, bean & haloumi salad.

Asian greens like bok choy are fast to cook, nutritious, locally grown and a thrifty buy at $1.50-$2 a bunch.

FLOWERS

Hydrangeas (white, blue, pinks and mauve), peonies, Oriental lilies, delphinium, Coral celosia, bee hive ginger, agapanthus, water lily and posy gloriosa, 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 2016-11-28 08:45:00

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