Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
5 - 11 December 2016


FRUIT

Richly coloured Victorian and South Australian strawberries are sweet eating and extra fragrant. Pick up a punnet this week for $3-$4. Quick and easy strawberry cheesecake sundaes are the perfect mid-week dessert.

Nothing beats a perfectly ripe peach or nectarine bursting with sweetness and juice. There are many varieties of white and yellow fleshed fruit now available. Expect to pay $3-$12 a kilo, depending on variety, size and quality. When it comes to nectarines look for fruit with small white spots (or speckles) on the skin, this fruit is the sweetest eating.

Early supplies of new season apricots from Swan Hill are aromatic and delicious. The best eating apricots are a bright in colour and firm to touch. Prices will start at $3 a kilo and the larger fruit will sell for up to $12 a kilo.

Tropical tasting mangoes are a seasonal favourite; fruit is premium quality, firm fleshed and rich in flavor. The bulk of the harvest is current coming from the Katherine region and a trickle from the Mareeba area. This week mangoes are available for $2-$4 each, depending on variety and size. Our Mango and White Chocolate Cheesecake is a favourite for Christmas entertaining.

Cherry harvest is underway in Young and Hillston; pick up a 500 gram punnet of new season cherries this week for $8-$12.

Grab a few bunches of sweet eating grapes this week. New season varieties include Menindee and Flame seedless and the crispy, black skinned Midnight Beauty. Grapes are $10-$12 a kilo.

Flavoursome and juicy rockmelon are plentiful and selling for $3-$4 each, depending on size.

VEGETABLES

Fabulous for adding crunch to summer salads celery is this week selling for $2-$3 a bunch. Whip up a whip and easy Rocket, celery & chicken salad with lemon mayonnaise.

Fast to cook, nutritious and versatile, Asian leafy greens are simply a busy cook’s best friend. Slice and add to stir-fries and noodle dishes or steam and serve as a side dish topped with fresh ginger and soy sauce. Asian leafy greens are $1-$1.50 a bunch.

Versatile eggplants have a tender texture and subtle flavour. Delicious sautéed, baked, grilled or barbecued, eggplants absorb flavours on cooking. Currently supplies are coming from Bundaberg, South Australian and the Sydney basin. Premium glasshouse grown eggplant are firm and tasty, expect to pay $3-$5 a kilo.

Summer is the time to make the most of sun-ripened tomatoes. Good supplies of salad tomatoes from Bowen and Bundaberg means this week salad tomatoes are $3-$5 a kilo, depending on size. It is also a good time of year to enjoy, fleshy and extra tasty heirloom varieties, for around $14 a kilo. This Myanmar inspired coriander, green chilli, peanut & lime pesto is served with tomatoes is delicious.

The coolest of summer veggies, cucumber is crunchy, succulent and refreshing. Although available all year round cucumbers peak in summer. The three main types are Lebanese ($4-$5 a kilo), Telegraph ($1.50-$2 each) and the traditional green ridged ($3-$4 kilo).

Serve healthy salads full of crisp salad greens and tasty summer vegetables. Cos lettuce and crunchy iceberg lettuce from Victoria is $2-$3 a head, depending on area.

Fast to cook and super versatile snow peas are a bargain at $5-$10 a kilo. Toss a handful in your favourite a salad or stir-fry

Small tubers of kumara (orange sweet potato) are $3-$5 a kilo. Versatile sweet potatoes can be baked, fried, boiled, steamed or used instead of potato in most recipes.

FLOWERS

Get into the festive spirit and decorate your home or office with potted poinsettia plants or fill a vase with Christmas bush, Christmas bells and holly. The hydrangeas are superb quality and the colours of the large heads range for white, blues and shades of reddish purple. Peonies are still available and the quality excellent, roses are plentiful as are oriental lilies. Dahlia, amaranths and chestnut foliage has started.

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 2016-12-06 08:45:00

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