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


VEGETABLES

Highly nutritious broccolini is a superb choice for winter. The crunchy stem and mini broccoli-lie top can all be eaten, so no wastage. Pick up a bunch or two on broccolini for $2-$3. Broccolini is delicious in the fragrant green vegetable & salmon curry.

Fennel is a top buy at $1.50-$2.50 a bulb. Add sliced fennel to rich meat or chicken casseroles for texture and flavour. Pan-fry with fish or thinly slice and toss shredded fennel into a salad with parmesan. Use the feathery leaves instead of dill in recipes.

Pop a cauli in the trolley this week. Premium quality cauliflowers are a good buy this week at $3-$4 a head.

Nutritious Brussels sprouts are full of goodness and the quality is superb, expect to pay $3-$6 a kilo. This flavoursome Cauliflower, spinach & chickpea curry is perfect for meatless Mondays.

English spinach is milder in flavour than silverbeet, its vibrant green leaves and tender stems are delicious. Add baby spinach leaves to an omelette, salads or add to a pie like this no pastry, leek, spinach & bacon ‘Impossible’ pie. At $1.50-$3 a bunch, spinach is a thrifty buy, as is silverbeet at $1.50 - $2 a bunch.

Premium carrots from Tasmania and Victoria are ideal for roasting with fresh thyme, honey, orange zest or garlic. Roasting intensifies the flavour making carrots perfect for serving hot as a side dish or cold in a Moroccan style salad.

Carrots are $1.50-$2.50 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

Winter is the best time of the year to make the most of tasty parsnips. Delicious roasted, pureed or turned into a flavoursome soup, parsnips vary in size so prices range from $3-$7 a kilo.

Potatoes make a meal more wholesome and satisfying. Warm up with roasted, boiled or mashed potatoes. Brushed Sebago, Desiree, Pontiac and new potatoes are selling for $2-$3 a kilo. Savings can be made by purchasing in bulk such as a 5 kilo bag for $3-$5.

FRUIT

Corella pears are a small to medium sized pear with a crisp dense white-flesh and the skin colour has a distinct pinkish-red blush. Delicious poached, Corella pears are also perfect served cut into wedges to add to a cheese board or salad. Corella pears are $5-$7 a kilo. Let’s compare pear varieties.

Tangelos are delicious. Sweet, extra juicy segments are also packed with vitamin C. For a stunning quick dessert, toss tangelo segments with halved hulled strawberries. Squeeze over tangelo juice and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Serve with a scoop of mascarpone and a drizzle of liqueur. Tangelos are tops at $4-$6 a kilo.

Blood oranges are ultra-juicy. Segment fruit over a bowl and reserve the juice. Use blood orange juice in marinades, salad dressings or drizzle over pan-fried fish or chicken. Blood oranges are $4-$6 a kilo, depending size and richness of colour.

Apples are a winter staple; enjoy Pink Lady, Fuji, Jazz and Red Delicious apples as a healthy snack or cook up the pies, crumbles, muffins or a sweet apple puree using Golden Delicious or Granny Smith apples. Apples are ranging from $3-$7 depending on variety and size.

Premium Hass avocados from Southern Queensland and Northern NSW are plentiful and selling for $2-$4 each.

Aromatic and favoursome strawberries are also a good source of fibre. This week we should see strawberries on sale for around $2.50-$5 a punnet, depending on growing area, variety, and berry and punnet size. Some of the most memorable desserts ever created include strawberries, like these easy to make Strawberry & rhubarb crumbles.

FLOWERS

Brighten up your home or office with a big bunch of seasonal flowers. Stock, calla lily, tulip, Arab eye, allium, sea holly, flowering blossom, anemone, Geraldton wax, poppies, turtle leaves, delphinium, kale, wattle, freesia, jonquil or snap dragon are in season and the quality is superb.

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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 2017-07-17 00:30:00

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