Winter is well and truly here, and this means new varieties of quality, all-Aussie fruit & veg are at their seasonal best and available now at Your Local Greengrocer.

So here’s a brief update we put together to showcase our “picks of the bunch” so that you know what’s in good supply and eating beautifully!

Fruit

Strawberries/Blueberries

Warm Queensland weather has produced a bumper crop of luscious, plump and super tasty strawberries – great news if you’re looking for great value. Your Local Greengrocer member stores are offering fabulous specials this week on multi-buy purchases.

If you’re on Sydney’s Central Coast, Forest Fruit Market Toukley are currently pricing some of the best QLD strawberries available at 2 punnets for $5.

Blueberries are also sweet eating and good value at $3.50-$5 a punnet.

Put all these delicious berries to good use and check out Your Local Greengrocer’s Cook With Us video recipe for Berry Panettone Trifle. C’mon – treat yourself before the weekend starts!

Citrus

Ultra-juicy Tangelos are a great substitute for oranges. They’re both sweet and tangy, as well being easy-to-peel so they’re perfect for eating on-the-go. They’re selling at about $3-$5 a kilo. As a general rule, look for fruit that’s heavy for it’s size as this indicates a good juice content.

Blood Oranges are a fantastic pick right now at around the same price for $3-$5 a kilo. Their rich-red flesh is both succulent and visually stunning. Matched with their sweet flavour, they are ideal for juicing great for salad dressings or sauces.

Central Coast greengrocer Fruit For All Tumbi Umbi suggests a Blood Orange and Fennel Salad as the perfect side dish for customers looking to use in-season ingredients:

Apples

Whether you’re after Pink Lady, Fuji, Jazz or Royal Gala, they’re all eating nicely and good value at $3-$6 a kilo, depending on size.

As the name suggests, Red Delicious are a particularly delicious variety to look out for in Your Local Greengrocer and make a fantastic low-kilojoule snack. Currently retailing for $4-$5 a kilo, depending on size and quality.

For another decadent dessert you can make at home using this variety, try your hand out at our Cook With Us video recipe for Apple Cinnamon Custard Chocolate Sundaes!

Vegetables

Fennel

Right now is the time to get your hands on quality Australian Fennel – a great buy at $1.50-$2.50 per bulb. With both large and smaller baby fennel in season, this veggie is surprisingly versatile and pairs well with other seasonal produce including tomato, citrus, capsicum and potatoes varieties.

In case you missed it, why not add some protein as well and check out our Cook With Us video recipe for Fennel & Tomato Lamb Shanks – the perfect winter warmer that incorporates in-season ingredients!

Bok Choy/Choy Sum

Fresh, locally-grown Asian greens like Bok Choy and Choy Sum are currently in good supply, selling for around $1.50-$2.50 a bunch.

Sydney-based, online retailer Delish Deliveries put out a ‘delish’ recipe for Teriyaki-glazed Salmon with Flashed Asian Greens which we think really showcases the great ways you use these in your own cooking at home.

Eggplant

Field Grown Eggplant is tasting delicious right now and a valuable source of dietary fibre and vitamin B6, which is important for the body’s use of protein. This week in particular, eggplant is a top buy at $3-$6 a kilo.

Broccoli

Broccoli is also in strong supply and as a result, is selling at a very reasonable $2-$4 a kilo so keep an eye out for this incredibly useful and, not to mention, nutritious veggie.

If you’re in Sydney’s south-western suburbs, pop on over to Nature’s Best Belfield who currently have farm fresh broccoli at $1.99 a kilo. Perfect for a stir-fry!

Original article by Sydney Markets

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