Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
31 October - 6 November 2016


VEGETABLES

Aromatic vibrant green mint provides refreshing flavour to green smoothies, salads, rice paper rolls and soups. Add fresh mint to green peas, beans and baby potatoes. Select lush bunches with unblemished leaves. Wrap mint in a damp paper towel and store in an airtight container in the crisper. Wash and pick mint leaves just before serving. Mint is $2-$2.50 a bunch.

Irresistible spring asparagus is a bargain at $1.50-$2 a bunch. Sauté, steam or stir-fry asparagus to serve hot or cold.

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.

Add quality Truss tomatoes to your shopping list this week, as they are $4-$6 a kilo. For maximum flavour ripen tomatoes to a rich red colour by storing at room temperature.

Crisp and flavoursome Victorian grown fennel is delicious raw or cooked expect to pay $2-$2.50 for large bulbs.

Lebanese cucumbers are a top buy at $3-$4 a kilo. Adding two sliced cucumbers to this Vietnamese cabbage, carrot & chicken salad adds a refreshing crunch and boasts the fibre content.

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.

One of the healthiest foods, broccoli is a powerhouse of nutrients and a very good source of dietary fibre. Maximise nutrient retention by rapidly steaming the florets. Simply drizzle broccoli with extra virgin olive oil, a sprinkling of crumbled feta and toasted mixed seeds for a tasty side dish. Broccoli is $3-$5 a kilo

FRUIT

Super nutritious and brimming with beneficial antioxidants, sweet plump Australian-grown fresh blueberries are the ideal low kilojoule snack. Supercharge your breakfast with berries for only $2.50-$3 a punnet.

  • Layer blueberries with muesli, toasted coconut and vanilla yoghurt
  • Sprinkle blueberries over pancakes with fresh ricotta and a drizzle of maple syrup
  • Add a handful of blueberries to your favourite breakfast smoothie

As we move closer to summer nectarine and peach supplies will increase and the fruit will become larger and richer in flavour. This week you will find yellow and white flesh varieties of peaches and nectarine from $8-$15 a kilo, depending on size and quality.

Golden fleshed pineapples are naturally refreshing, versatile and a good source of vitamin C. Thread chunks of pineapple alternative onto skewers with cubes of ham and grill to warm through. Pineapples (with tops) are $3-$5 each, depending on size. Topless low acid pineapples are up to $6 each.

Juicy crisp Sundowner apples at $3-$5 a kilo are a delicious late season variety. A cross between a Lady Williams and a Golden Delicious this apple is white fleshed with a juicy refreshing flavour.

At $2-$4 a kilo bananas are at top buy. Whip up a loaf of banana, honey and cinnamon bread for afternoon tea.

Northern Territory, grown Kensingston Pride mangoes are sweet and juicy. Team mangoes with fresh cooked and peeled prawn in a salad or whip our Asian mango, pork & coriander noodle salad. Mangoes are $3-$5 each, depending on size.

FLOWERS

Spring is the peak time for flowers and it’s a fabulous time to visit your local florist and pick up something unique or special. Natives are hot at the moment and the trend is to team textual natives like geralton wax, kangaroo paw fragrant pink boronia, waratahs, pinwheels or protea with softer classics like snowball, lilac, roses, orchids, peonies, gerbera, lavender, stock, oriental, Canterbury bells, tiger lilies or tulips. Don’t forget some interesting foliage to make the arrangement complete.

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 2016-10-31 08:45:00

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