Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
30 October - 5 November 2017


FRUIT

Sweet eating Victorian, Western Australian and Sydney grown strawberries are a bargain at $1-$4 a punnet. 

Blueberries continue to be heavily supplied, some fruit, due to rain is a little on the softer eating side, although still flavoursome. Store in the fridge and use within a day or two of purchasing blueberries are retailing at $1-$4. Team with strawberries and whip up this easy Fresh Mixed Berry Free-Form Tart

Juicy yellow and white fleshed peaches and nectarines are from the NSW North Coast, Hawkesbury and Renmark. Depending on size, variety and flesh colour your local greengrocer will have stone fruit for $6-$15 a kilo.

It’s a great week to enjoy a tropical tasting Northern Territory and new season Queensland grown mangoes. Aromatic and super juicy Kensington Pride, Calypso and R2E2 mangoes are in and bargain at $2-$4 each, depending on size and variety.

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. Watermelon is also a tasty addition to a homemade juice. Seedless watermelons are selling for around $1.50, if purchased whole. Precut fruit is around $2.50 a kilo.

Naturally sweet and creamy Innisfail grown bananas are a favourite. Bananas are $2-$4 a kilo.

VEGETABLES

Lebanese cucumbers are a top buy at $2-$3 a kilo and telegraphy cucumbers are $1.50-$2 each. Adding sliced cucumbers to this Vietnamese cabbage, carrot & chicken salad adds a refreshing crunch and boasts the fibre content.

Add quality Truss tomatoes to your shopping list this week, as they are $3-$6 a kilo. For maximum flavour ripen tomatoes to a rich red colour by storing at room temperature. Serve them warm in a delicious Greek-Style Stuffed Tomatoes or  toss into a Salad Niçoise.

Carrots are a thrifty buy $1.50-$2.50 a kilo and extremely versatile. Enjoy them raw julienned and sprinkled into a salad or intensify their sweetness by roasting halved carrots with a sprinkling of harissa, then toss with currants, coriander and crumbled feta for a super tasty salad.

Select firm, pale green celery with crisp stalks and fresh-looking leafy tops. Avoid celery with split or damaged stalks. Toss finely sliced celery with sliced green onions, chopped boiled new potatoes, capers and reduced fat mayonnaise in a salad. Celery is retailing at $1.50-$3 a bunch.

Treat yourself to broad beans while they are at their best quality and value. Shell as you would fresh peas then boil or steam until tender. Broad beans are $3-$5 a kilo. Team Broad Beans, Potatoes & Feta With Chicken for a delicious and easy meal.

Tender, flavoursome Victorian grown asparagus is delicious eating and top value at $1.50-$2 a bunch. Look for firm, bright smooth, spears of uniform size with closed, compact tips. When you snap freshly harvested asparagus, it should be crisp, moist and juicy.

Sold by the bunch ultra-healthy English spinach and Asian vegetables are a bargain at $1.50-$2 a bunch.

Boast the flavour and healthy value of your meals with fresh herbs for $2-$3 a bunch. Use leaves in salads, juices and rice paper rolls. Coriander and mint are delicious used singly or in combination. This Coriander, Mint & Lime Chicken Noodle Salad is a fresh and tasty mid-week meal.

You can’t go passed Jap and Butternut pumpkin for versatility and value this week at $1.50-$2.50 a kilo, if purchased whole.  Served hot or cold roasted pumpkin add a pleasant sweetness to savour dishes salads and couscous dishes.

FLOWERS

Locally grown chincherinchee, lilac, ranunculus, gerbera, lily of the valley, pieris, lotus pods, sunflowers, Beehive ginger, rose lilies, red and white waratahs, Australian grown peoniesand hydrangea, lisianthus, freesia, roses, fragrant Boronia, sweet pea, snap dragon, delphinium, Geraldton wax and pin cushions

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, Retailer Support Manager on mobile 0438 725 453.


Published On 2017-10-30 15:35:21

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