Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
30 January - 5 February 2017


FRUIT

Harvesting of super crunchy new season Royal Gala apples has started; expect to pay $4-$10 a kilo, depending on size.

Greengrocers are well stocked with highly fragrant peaches and nectarines that are sure to delight your senses and your wallet. Prices have dropped to $3-$6 a kilo for small – medium nectarines and $3-$8 a kilo for peaches, depending on size and variety. The best eating fruit will be highly aromatic and have a rich skin colour. Consider buying fruit by the tray as it is more economical and the fruit keeps better as it is handled less.

Aromatic rockmelons from the Riverina are fantastic value $2-$4 each. Serve chilled melon wedges as a snack or dessert. Rockmelon also teams deliciously savoury flavours. Rockmelon ‘carpaccio’ & haloumi salad. This salad is a great combination of flavours and makes the perfect light starter on a warm day. It’s also delicious served with grilled fish or chicken. Alternatively try pale green fleshed Casaba melons from Hay in NSW started this week and are $3-$5 each.

Send the kids back to school with a generous slice of chilled watermelon in their lunch box. Whole seedless watermelon is around a $1-$1.50 a kilo, once cut fruit is $2-$2.50 a kilo.

Mango prices are $2.50-$5 each, depending on size and variety. The most abundant varieties are Honeygold, R2E2 and Calypso. The carbohydrate found in mangoes has a low GI, which means it’s absorbed slowly and will provide you with sustained energy. Try our recipe for Caramelised mangoes.

Plump, tender and honey sweet figs are in season. Ideal for using in sweet or savoury dishes. Ripe fruit should yield to gentle pressure. Figs are selling for $1.50 -$3 each, depending on variety and size. Buy a multi pack and save.

Zesty limes plentiful and good value at 50¢-$1 each. Used extensively in the tropics for juices such as limeade and cordials, food flavourings and pickles, both the juice and the rind of limes can be used in cooking in the same way as lemons. The aromatic rind is rich in natural oils and adds excellent flavour to a range of dishes.

Plums are plentiful with several varieties red and yellow fleshed varieties to choice from. Plums are retailing at $3-$10 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

Snap up the last of the season’s flavoursome and top quality cherries. Prices are ranging from $10-$40 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

VEGETABLES

In abundance in summer, fragrant basil teams well with ripe tomatoes, fresh cheese like bocconcini or ricotta and pasta. Choose vibrant basil with firm leaves and a distinct fresh aroma. Basil is $2.50-$3 a bunch.

Zucchinis are a bargain at $3-$4 a kilo. Choose plump zucchini with glossy, unblemished skin. They’re best used within a few days. Create zucchini spaghetti, long pasta like zucchini spaghetti is low carb, gluten-free and contains fibre. Use a julienne peeler or spiralizer. 800g is sufficient for serve 4 people. Serve Zucchini ‘spaghetti’ with chilli, tuna & feta.

Lebanese cucumbers are a great buy at $3-$5 a kilo. Store cucumbers in a crisper section of your refrigerator, do not store with fruit, as they will deteriorate rapidly.

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.

Versatile carrots are delicious used raw or cooked. At $1.50-$2.50 a kilo, they are top value. Whip up our super tasty, Moroccan inspired carrot, rocket and chickpea salad, this recipe is sure to become a favourite.

Glossy skinned eggplants are a good source of dietary fibre. They also provide vitamin B6 that plays a role in hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body. The purple skin is a rich source of antioxidants. To preserve its low fat content, bake, grill or barbecue eggplant rather than frying it. Eggplants are $3-$5 a kilo. Try our Eggplant, tomato & coriander salad.

Flavour rich summertime tomatoes are at their best. Salad tomatoes are $3-$5a kilo, Truss $4-$7, Roma $3-$7 or pick up a punnet or two of bite size cherry and grape tomatoes for $2.50-$3.

FLOWERS

There is a glorious selection of seasonal blooms available at your floral retailer. This week I recommend the fragrant tuberoses, pineapple lilies, flowering gum, lisianthus, heliconia, sunflowers, dahlias, David Austin roses and zinnia.

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 2017-01-22 21:45:00

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