Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
9 - 15 January 2017


FRUIT

Mid-season varieties of peaches and nectarines are aromatic and extremely scrumptious. Both white and yellow fleshed peaches and nectarines are available, although white nectarines are a less plentiful this week. Serve peaches or nectarines char-grilled with rocket & leg ham on toast for breakfast or lunch. Nectarines are $4-$13 a kilo and peaches $3-$8 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

Fragrant, tangy and tropical tasting, passionfruit is a summer favourite. Team passionfruit is peaches, nectarines, mangoes, pineapples or berries and serve with a scoop of ice-cream. Passionfruit are 50-$1 each or look for specials on multi buys ie 10 for $3 at your local greengrocer. This summer fruit salad with passionfruit & orange drizzle is so refreshing and loaded with vitamins.

Top quality mangoes from Mareeba are plentiful. A nice sized mango will cost around $2-$3.50 each. If you adore mangoes you can pick up a whole tray for $25-$35.

Snap up sweet eating late season cherries. Cherries are coming from Orange, Tasmanian and Victoria. Cherries are superb quality with a good shelf life and prices have eased to around $15-$30 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

Juicy with a delicate crunch, new season grapes are filled with natural sweetness. Select from Menindee, Crimson Flame seedless and Midnight Beauty for $8-$10 a kilo, depending on variety, you would be right in thinking that prices are firmer than usual. Firmer prices are due to the hail storm that significantly reduced volume from the Mildura and Robinvale areas.

Juicy and plump with a sweet-tangy flavour, early plums varieties are a good quality and a choice buy at $5-$15 a kilo. There are several varieties to select from including Blood plums available for short time.

Serve wedges of extra sweet rockmelon ($3-$5 each), serve chilled wedges with blueberries at $2.50 -$3.50 a punnet.

VEGETABLES

Golden cobs of Hawkesbury grown sweetcorn are in season and now available for 65¢-$1 a cob. Enjoy a cob of corn with of our three flavour toppers. 1. Parmesan, lemon & parsley, 2. Mexican avocado & lime. 3. Garlic butter. Look for multi buy specials.

Summer is the peak time for richly flavoured tomatoes. With so many different varieties to now available, it’s the perfect time to enjoy a range of tomatoes with different shapes, colours, textures and flavours. This Myanmar inspired tomatoes with coriander, green chilli, peanut & lime pesto recipe is refreshing and delicious.

Baby fennel, with its vibrant aniseed flavour and crisp crunch, is a perfect addition to summer salads. Choose firm fennel with fresh green fronds. Baby fennel bulbs are $1.50 each.

Snake beans are good value at $1.50-$2.50 a bunch. Snake beans have a taste and texture similar to a green bean and are sold fresh tied in loops. To prepare, cut beans crossways into lengths, microwave, boil, steam or stir-fry.

Zucchinis are a breeze to prepare. No need to peel, simply slice, dice or grate. Their mild flavour makes them a hit with the kids. Add them to pasta dishes like this Zucchini, tomato & basil spaghetti with ricotta, rissoles, risotto, cakes and salads. Large zucchini‘s are selling for at $2-$5 a kilo.

Machine harvested green beans are a thrifty buy at $3.50-$4 a kilo. Hand-picked beans $8-$10 a kilo. Mix it up and try the golden coloured butter beans at $8-$10 a kilo. Teamed with green beans they look and tasty superb. Fresh herb salsa with BBQ beef & bean salad.

Summer is the time to enjoy locally grown eggplants. There is so many ways to enjoy eggplant, roasted, grilled, barbecued or baked. Eggplants are $3-$5 a kilo.

FLOWERS

Bright up your home or office desk with flowering gum, sunflowers, hydrangea, lisianthius, zinnia, dahlias, pineapple lilies, bouvardia, tuberose, zinnia, oriental lilies or water lilies, lotus pods and a super range of greenery. To obtain the maximum vase life, remember to trim the stems and refresh the water every 2 days.

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 02 9325 6200.


Published On 2017-01-09 08:45:00

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