Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
17 - 23 April 2017


Fruit

Despite their creamy texture bananas contain no fat at all. Bananas make an ideal snack or fancy dessert like this Banana’s with salted caramel.Bananas are perfect to serve with pancakes, add them to muffins and cakes or shake up a delicious smoothie. This week bananas are $1.50-$3 a kilo.

Smooth skinned and pear shaped, creamy Shepard avocados are delicious eating and top value at $2-$3 each.

In season from April to July, Imperial mandarins are very easy to peel and virtually seedless. Select glossy fruit that feels heavy for its size as this indicates good juice content. Mandarins are $3-$6 a kilo.

There is an enticing range of grapes instore. If you like your grapes sweet and crunchy than we recommend the Crimson seedless, red globe and Thompson seedless grapes priced $3-$10 a kilo. New to the market seedless, elongated shaped Black Sapphire grapes are $15-$16 a kilo and super sweet eating. Discover the delicious ways to prepare and use roasted grapes.

New season Kanzi and Jazz apples are $6-$7 a kilo, depending on size and variety. Alternative $2-$5 Granny Smith are a top cooking and eating apple and Royal Gala are superb eating at $2-$6 a kilo.

Pomegranates are increasingly being recognised as a rich source of antioxidants and adored for their dynamic ruby coloured nectar and arils. Good news is that the Victorian pomegranate season has started and fruit is sweet eating. Pomegranates are $3-$4 each.

The flavour of a ripe, super soft persimmon has overtones of apricot and honey. Whilst the soft flesh can be turned in to ice-cream, a mouse or fool, the most popular way to savour this autumn favourite is to simply them cut in half and scoped out the flesh with a spoon. Persimmons are $3-$4 each.

VEGETABLES

Versatile, vibrant and top value, fresh carrots are $1.50 - $2.50 a kilo. Enjoy them cooked or raw. Top up your vitamin A with Carrot and sultana loaf, Sweet-glazed carrots with currants or Maple-roasted carrot, pumpkin & chickpea soup.

Kale is a leafy green vegetable that is packed full of nutrients and just one cup contains about 100% of your daily requirements of vitamins A,C & K. Try this simple a super tasty Kale, leg ham & haloumi frittata, its delicious served hot or cold. Kale is $2-$3 a bunch.

Kumara is low GI and its sweet orange flesh adds colour to the plate. Mash kumara with grated ginger and a pinch of allspice. Perfect served with roast beef or chicken. Kumara is $2-$5 a kilo.

Add colour to your meals with vibrant coloured radicchio, available for $3-$4 a head. This leafy salad veg has reddish maroon coloured leaves; it looks similar to lettuce and as a member of the chicory family, so adds a mild bitter taste or a tasty salad.

Rosemary is the herb of remembrance. This ANZAC day is the perfect time to enjoy this fragrant herb. It is delicious teamed with lamb, garlic, parmesan cheese, potatoes, yoghurt, chicken, pork and pumpkin. You’ll find bunches for $2.50-$3.

Economical, healthy and discreetly delicious, fresh celery a stable vegetables that rarely the hero ingredient, yet when teamed with carrots and onions it creates a delicious flavour base for soups and casseroles. The best way to store celery is to trim bulbs, and place unwashed into a plastic container lidded with absorbent paper and keep refrigerated. Celery is $3-$4 a bunch, depending on size.

Tasmanian Cipollini onions (pronounced chip-oh-lee-knee) are a brown skinned onion with a flattened disc shape that are prized for their delicate yet extra sweet onion flavour. More often than not they are served whole and roasted, their flesh softening and becoming caramelised and extra sweet. Cipollini onions are $8-$10 a kilo.

Pumpkins golden flesh and naturally sweetness offers so many possibilities. Team pumpkin with aromatic flavours like lemongrass, ginger and kaffir lime for a sweet Thai style curry or a soup. Roast with chopped sage and toss pumpkin through pasta, gnocchi or an autumn salad. Butternuts and Jap are $2-$3 a kilo and Jarrahdale $1-$2.50 a kilo.

FLOWERS

The quality and range of autumn blooms is enchanting, this week you could fill your vase will dahlias, gerberas, stock, local roses, snap dragon, hyacinth, tulips, bird of paradise, celosia, gum nuts, freesia, veronica, sunflower, chrysanthemums, Easter daisy and or pink ice protea. Team with greenery like silver dollar gum, vibernum or glossy magnolia leaves. Discover what trending in florals this autumn.

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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 2017-04-10 14:30:00

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