Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
22 - 28 May 2017


VEGETABLES

Broccolini is a thrifty buy this week at $2-$3 a bunch. Toss broccolini with pancetta & almonds for extra flavour.

Crisp Iceberg lettuces are $2.50-$3.50 a head. Perfect for making lettuce cups to serve with San Choy Bau or Vietnamese chilli chicken salad.

Chinese cabbage (also known as Wombok) has pale elongated green leaves that are mild in flavour. Toss sliced chicken in a hot wok with a little oil, garlic and green onions until almost cooked through. Add shredded cabbage and kecap manis and stir-fry until leaves just wilt, toss through fried noodles and serve. Wombok is versatile, flavoursome and good value at $3-$4 a head. Also in season is the purple wombok.

Nutty tasting Jerusalem artichokes are a autumn - winter treat. Delicious roasted or boiled and pureed for a full flavoured soup or peel and use in similar ways to water chestnuts. When using to make soup leave the skin on, this gives the soup a rich caramel colour and adds to the fibre content. Jerusalem artichokes are $8-$10 a kilo.

Fennels crisp texture together with its delicate aniseed flavour is a delicious addition to casseroles. It also works well in salads and soups; the fine fronds can be snipped and used to flavour or garnish chicken and fish dishes. Fennel bulbs are $1.50-$2 a bulb. This Braised fennel, lemon & thyme chicken is choice mid-week meal.

Cauliflower prices have eased a little this week, expect to pay $4.50-$5 each. Have you tried cauliflower rice the low carb, alternative to rice? It’s easy to make and fabulous for dieting.

It’s time to roast up a kilo or two of chestnuts. Having cooked and peeled chestnuts in the freezer is a tasty and easy way to add a boos of flavour to autumn salads, tossing with roasted cauliflower, steamed Brussel sprouts or adding to your week day evening meals. Chestnuts are $5-$12 a kilo. 11 scrumptious ways to make the most of chestnuts.

FRUIT

Hass avocados are $2-$3 each, depending on size. Vitamin rich Hass avocados are a tasty addition to autumn meals, add diced avocado to cream soups and pasta sauces just before serving or mash avocado with a little sweet chilli sauce and serve in a burrito with barbecued chicken. For a mid-week meal whip up Avocado & tomato salsa fish tortillas.

The quality of this season’s Imperial mandarin crop is first class. The fruit is sweet, juicy and well-priced at $2-$4 a kilo. Mandarins are easy to peel making them an ideal snack for children and adults.

Sweet persimmons also known by their variety name “Fuyu ” are an autumn treat at $1-$3 each or $3-$10 a kilo. When eaten firm their pale orange flesh is crunchy like an apple and can be sliced or cut into wedges then added to cheese platters and salads.

The soft, white pulp of custard apples is deliciously sweet. Scoop out the flesh with a spoon, discard seeds and enjoy as a snack or combine with citrus or passionfruit for an easy dessert. Depending on variety custard apples are $4-$8 a kilo.

First discovered in Ryde, NSW, Granny Smith apples are in season now, their gloss green skin and tart white flesh that sweetens on maturity has made them an Australian favourite, for eating and cooking with. Granny Smith apples are $2-$5 a kilo. Whip up a scrumptious Granny Smith Apple Tart or ;learn 4 new ways to use apple pie filling.

Attractive ruby-coloured and antioxidant rich pomegranates contain fruit contains jewel-like seeds bursting with juice and flavour. Sprinkle the arils over a range of dishes, and use the juice for salad dressings or marinades. Pomegranates are delicious served with lamb, duck and chicken dishes. Liven up salads, couscous, eggplant and hummus with a spoonful of pomegranate seeds. Pomegranates are $2-$4 each.

Ward off flues with a healthy dose of vitamin A and C. A good source of these vitamins can be found in papaya. This tropical fruit is a fabulous breakfast fruit or add to fruit salads. Papaya is $4-$6 a kilo.

FLOWERS

Visit your local florist this week and discover the wonderful variety of autumn blooms available, which includes hydrangea, coral celosia, hyacinths, sea holly, snap dragons, rose hip, erica, sunflower, heleconia, calla lilies, pigmy amaranthus, chrysanthemums, freesia, ivy berry, peppercorn, billy button stirlingia and dusty miller, red and green leucadendron, tetra nuts and banksia. Trending in florals in Autumn 2017.

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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 2017-05-15 00:30:00

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