Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
7 - 13 November 2016


FRUIT

Blueberries are one of nature’s convenience food. They require no peeling, pitting or coring. Simply wash and enjoy them, just as they are. Blueberries are an excellent source of vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C. Pick up a punnet this week as they are $3-$4 each. Add to pancakes or whip up a tray of blueberry coconut muffins.

Luscious new season Victorian and Western Australia strawberries are highly coloured, good quality, fragrant and sweet eating. Prices are ranging from $1.50-$4 a punnet, depending on quality, origin, size and variety. Team strawberries with blueberries and whip up a quick dessert like Eton Mess.

Bursting with juicy goodness Northern Territory mangoes are good value at $2-$5 each, depending on size.

Supplies of a sweet eating peaches and nectarines from the Sydney Hills District, Swan Hill and the North Coast are arriving increasing volumes. Choice plump, highly coloured fruit with a fragrant, fruity aroma that has a give around the stem. Expect to pay $5-$7 a kilo for small fruit and $10-$16 for large fruit.

Flavoursome, juicy rockmelons and honeydews melons from the Townsville region are great value. Rockmelons are $3-$5 each and honeydew will be $3-$5 a kilo, depending on size.

Ideal for before and after sport snack bananas provide a sustained energy boost and are an excellent source of vitamin B6 and contain vitamin C. Whip up a banana split or muffins. Bananas are top value at $2-$4 a kilo.

The long awaited cherry season is running around two and half weeks later than last year. Early supplies are from Hillston and South Australia.

VEGETABLES

Premium quality iceberg and Cos lettuce are $2-$3 each. Use the lettuce cups to serve San Choy Bow or cut a head into six large wedges and serve drizzled with a blue cheese dressing. Cos lettuce is the perfect lettuce to add a delightful crunch to a classic Caesar salad.

Tender, flavoursome Victorian grown asparagus is delicious eating and top value at $2-$3 a bunch. It’s a good week to enjoy the premium purple coloured asparagus spears, delicious raw or cooked, they add colour to a salad to stir-fry.

Premium handpicked green beans from Gympie have a 5-7 day shelf life and are a good buy at $8-$10 a kilo. Alternatively the machine harvested green beans are $3-$4 a kilo but should be used within 2-3 days of purchasing for maximum quality. Wide and wavy flat beans are $8-$10 and Ultra tasty broad beans are $3-$4 a kilo.

Queensland salad tomatoes are $3-$6 a kilo. Highly coloured, firm and extra flavoursome, glasshouse grown Truss tomatoes are $4-$6 a kilo. Super flavoursome ox heart tomatoes are $7-$10 a kilo and cherry tomato are $2-$2.50 a punnet.

Springtime is the time to dust of the BBQ and enjoy outdoor cooking. Jumbo flat mushroom burgers provide plenty of juicy flavour, a rich source of B group vitamins and a boast of vitamin D, simply brush with olive oil, add chopped garlic or chilli and cook for a few minutes on a heated barbecue plate or frying pan. Mushrooms are $7-$10 a kilo.

Enjoyed for crispy fleshy stems and tender flavour packed leaves Gai Lum or Chinese broccoli is a bargain at $1.50-$2 a bunch. Steamed and served with freshly grated ginger and oyster sauce or chop and add to your favour stir-fry.

Broccoli quality is excellent and prices back down to $4-$5 a kilo. Add blanched broccoli florets to a salad for a healthy dose of antioxidants, fibre, folate, iron and B complex vitamins. Kids love these broccoli bites.

FLOWERS

Flowers in season include peonies, stock, celosia, David Austin roses, hydrangea, Orientals, iris, anthurium flower, Canterbury bells, water lily, birds of paradise, arums, vandal orchids, posy orchids, paper daisy, spider orchids, leather fern, billy button, emu grass, Easter aster, Gymea leaves, pincushion.

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 2016-11-07 08:45:00

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