Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
20-26 March 2017


FRUIT

With their sweet, tender and juicy flesh, pears are an autumn delight! To ripen pears leave at room temperature for 3-5 days. Select from Williams, Packham and Corella pears. Serve pears poached, add wedges to salads or enjoy sliced pears with a low fat cheese. Pears are ranging from $2-$6 a kilo. You will love them Pear & muesli muffins.

Luscious tropical papaya is in plentiful. Start your day with a large wedge of these vitamin A and C rich fruits, enhanced with a drizzle of lime juice. Papayas are $3-$6 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

There is a flush of blackberries around this week, so they are very reasonably priced at $3-$4 a punnet. Combine blackberries with Granny Smith apples to a delicious crumble, free form pie or jam.

Autumn is peak season for delicious plump, sweet figs. Easy to prepare - simply wash figs in cold water and pat dry with paper towel. No need to remove the skin. Add figs to salads both sweet and savoury or whip up a fig and grape cake. It’s moist, fruity and keeps well. Figs are 80¢-$3 each, depending on size.

The juiciest of stone fruits, smooth-skinned plums come in many different varieties, some sweet and some slightly tart. They’re so versatile - add to salads and lunch boxes or gently poach, bake or stew. Most plums are retailing at $4-$8 a kilo, depending on variety.

Apple harvesting is underway across the country. New season varieties fresh off the orchards include Royal Gala, Fuji, Red Delicious, Jonathon, Kanzi, Granny Smith and Golden Delicious. Storing apples in the crisper section of the refrigerator maintains their crunchy texture. Depending on variety apples are selling for $3-$8 a kilo.

Smooth, creamy with a nutty flavour Shepard avocados are a top buy at $2.50-$4 each. A good source of vitamin B6, this vitamin has many functions and is especially important during exercise when it plays a role in changing amino acids into glucose to provide energy to the muscles.

Put grapes on your shopping list as the range and quality are superb. With over a dozen different varieties to select from including seeded and seedless varieties, juicy grapes are at their best eating in autumn. Prices are ranging from $3-$16 a kilo, depending on variety, size and colour.

VEGETABLES

Cooler autumn nights are yielding a delicious crop of premium quality, milky-white cauliflowers. Locally grown on trend vegie is retailing at $3-$4.50 a head, depending on size. Have you tried cauliflower rice it’s surprisingly tasty and you won’t believe how low cal it is. Read our post, you don’t have to be green to be super.

Leeks are superb sautéed and used in egg based dishes like quiche and frittata, they add a lovely sweetness to soups, casseroles, pies and vegetable dishes. You’ll pay $2.50-$3 each.

Autumn is peak time for quality eggplants. Choose eggplant that is firm, heavy fruit has a taut glossy deeply coloured skin and a fresh green stem. Eggplants can be stored in refrigerator for up to 1 week, but handle with care as they bruise easily. Eggplants are selling for $3-$5 a kilo.

March to June is the peak time for Australian grown chestnuts. Cooked chestnuts have a sweet, taste and a texture similar to roast potato. Chestnuts can be boiled, baked, grilled or roasted. Pick up a kilo and enjoy chestnuts with a roast dinner, add cook nuts to salads, a risotto or add chopped to a stir-fry. This week chestnuts are $8-$13 a kilo, depending on variety and size. Try them in this Chilli chestnut, Asian greens & tofu stir-fry.

Delicate flavoured zucchinis are tasty grilled, sautéed, stuffed, deep-fried or cooked as fritters. This week prices have dropped to $3-$5 a kilo, making them a thrifty buy.

Sweet by name and sweet by nature – sweetcorn is a choice by at 80¢-$1 a cob.

Choose firm eggplant with glossy, satin-like skin and a fresh green trimmed stem. Eggplant quality is excellent and they are a thrifty buy at $3-$5 a kilo. Whip a platter of barbecued eggplant with minted yoghurt and pomegranate.

Vibrant yellow button squash are in season, like zucchinis they have a mild flavour making them super versatile. Slice and toss in a hot pan with garlic and chopped chilli and cook until tender. You may also like this tasty squash recipe. Squash are retailing for $8-$12 a kilo.

FLOWERS

There are so many beautiful reasons to visit your local florist. Apart from smelling the roses there are also so many flowers to select from. In season flowers include nerines, sedum, lisianthus, snap dragon, dahlia, celosia, snow berries, pink ice protea, oriental lilies, pineapple lily, Siam tulips, bouvardia, beehive ginger, sunflowers, roses, chrysanthemums, hanging amaranth, dancing lady, Easter daisies and roses (a good range of colours).

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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 2017-03-21 08:45:00

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