Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
6 - 12 February 2017


FRUIT

Sweet eating seedless grapes such as Menideee, Flame and Ralli are in season and delicious eating. Freshly picked baby currant grapes are also in season. Depending on variety, grapes are ranging in price from $5-$10 a kilo.

Luscious, sweet figs are sublime. Figs team equally as well with savoury foods such as nuts, meats and cheese as they do with sweet ingredients such as citrus and chocolate. Enjoy quality figs for $1.50-$3 each.

Late summer is peak plums season. Delicious eaten as snack; plums are also a tasty addition to a salad. Plums are selling for $3-$9 a kilo, with the exception of the highly coloured and super high antioxidant rich Queen Garnet variety which are selling for $16-$20 a kilo, depending on size.

There is nothing quite like a new season apple. Bilpin and Stanhope apple harvest is underway and Royal Gala apples are sweet, juicy and crisp. Available from February through to August, Royal Gala apples are a medium sized and the skin has a yellow base with red flushes. Greengrocers are selling Royal Galas apples for $3-$7 a kilo.

Sun-ripened golden and white fleshed peaches and nectarines are at their prime. Brimming with flavour, peaches and nectarines are $3-$8 a kilo, depending on flesh colour and size. The large golden skinned and fleshed Golden Queen variety has started, these are a beautiful peach to preserve or poach.

Mangoes are still available for $2-$5 each. Select from Klietts, R2E2, Kensington Pride, Calypso, Kent and Honey Gold. Team exotic tasting lychees at $12-$15 a kilo with lime and mint for a refreshing dessert.

Tangy limes are plentiful and very affordable at $4-$7 a kilo or 40¢-80¢ each, look for bulk buy specials. To maximise the volume of juice you get from a lime, roll limes between your palm and the benchtop to loosen fibres before cutting and juicing. The juicy lime dressing in this salad certainly makes it moreish Coriander, mint & lime chicken noodle salad.

Get your day off to a healthy start with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Locally grown Valencia oranges are sweet and juicy and only $2-$3 a kilo. Add orange segments to a salad.

VEGETABLES

Fresh sweetcorn from growers in the Richmond and Windsor area and Victoria continues to be a thrifty buy at 80¢ - $1 a cob. For a mid-week meal try Mexican chilli, sweetcorn & kumara salad.

Radishes are totally underrated, their crisp texture and mild mustard flavour add a delicious pop of flavour and texture to summer salads. Pick up a bunch for $2.50 -$4, depending on variety.

Versatile carrots have a superb flavour and are rich in vitamin A. This variety is distinguishable by their deep orange colour and shorter and thicker shape; expect to pay $1.50-$2.50 a kilo.

Trendy cauliflower is the new kale, packed with goodness this white member of the cruciferae family is popular as a low kJ vegetables and rice substitute. Grated finely and quickly sautéed until tender it is both delicious and healthy. Another popular way to serve cauliflower is to serve it as a mash. Cauliflowers are $4-$5 each this week.

Baby fennel bulbs with their delicate aniseed flavour are the perfect addition to summer salads. Finely shred and team with medley tomatoes, in a salad or risotto. Fennel marries will with superbly with oranges potatoes, mushrooms, seafood and lamb. Baby fennel is available at your local greengrocer for $2-$2.50 a bulb.

If you are looking for an ingredient that is rich in flavour and very easy to prepare then you can’t go pass mushrooms. They cook in minutes and add loads of flavour to stir-fries, casseroles and pizza toppings. Mushrooms are the only ingredient in the fresh produce aisle to supply vitamin D. Mushrooms $10-$13 a kilo.

Versatile snake beans are in season and tender. Steam or stir-fry to serve as a side dish or add to a stir-fry. Snake beans are $2.50-$4 a bunch.

Victorian and Sydney grown salad tomatoes are tasty buy at $3-$5 a kilo.

FLOWERS

There is stunning assortment of fresh flowers in store this week. Tropical are striking look, so out for bird of paradise and heliconia, in natives banksias and proteas are have a long vase life while the softer classics such as gerbera, zinnia, Iris, tuberose, sunflowers, dahlias, celosia, daisies, lavender, lisianthus and Oriental lilies are simply gorgeous. Just a reminder that Tuesday 14th February is Valentine’s Day one of the busiest days in the floral calendar. If you are intending to send flowers, get your order in early.

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 2017-02-05 21:45:00

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