Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
1 - 7 April 2019


FRUIT

FruitBit into a new season apple. Select from Jazz, Kanzi, Royal Gala, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Bonza, Fuji, Granny and Pink Lady for $2-$8 a kilo. To maintain the juicy, crisp, texture of apples at home, remember to store them in the refrigerator. This apple & coconut slice is delicious served hot or cold.

Pomegranates are available mid-autumn until late winter. The dynamic colour, tangy nectar and abundant seeds of the pomegranate have made it a symbol of love and plenty. It is only the sweet - tart flavoured seeds and juice that are edible. Pomegranates are $3-$5 each.

There is a good supply of flavoursome, in expensive and good to eating rockmelon available at your local greengrocer. It’s time to pop rockmelons back on the shopping list as they are only $3-$4 each.

Despite their creamy texture bananas contain no fat at all. Bananas make an ideal snack. Use bananas in or serve with pancakes, add to muffins and cakes or shake up a delicious smoothie. This week bananas are $3-$6 a kilo, depending on size.

Smooth, creamy with a nutty flavour Shepard & Hass avocado are a top buy at $2-$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. Try this rainbow salad with avocado dressing.

The best of the bounty of fibre rich pears can be enjoyed during the cooler months. Harvested mature and firm, pears should be ripened at room temperature until they yield to gentle pressure at the stem end. If cooking with pears like in this poached turmeric, lime & honey pears, use semi ripe fruit. New season William, Packham, Josephine and Beurru Bosc pears are $2-$5 a kilo.

If you adore olives, then try pickling our own. You can pick up a kilo of green kalamata olives this week for $6-$8 a kilo depending on size.

With its pinkish red flesh Ruby red grapefruit are attractive and sweet to eat. Add segments to a salad and team with shredded fennel, rocket or baby spinach leaves. Ruby star grapefruit are $3-$5 a kilo. Add grapefruit segment to a salad like this tasty pink grapefruit, rocket and pine nut salad to serve with chicken

Extra juicy North Coast grown limes are still available for 50¢-$1 each, depending on size.

VEGETABLES

VegetablesOne of the most popular and nutritious members of the brassica family is broccoli, its vibrant green colour and mild flavour offering iron, potassium, vitamin C, folate and B complex vitamins. Broccoli is good value at $4-$6 a kilo. Alternatively try broccolini this broccoli and gai lum cross has long tender, edible stems with small broccoli florets and is selling for $2-$3 a bunch. This char-grilled broccolini with tahini chicken is delicious.

Versatile eggplants are available in a range of varieties in Autumn. Depending on variety eggplants are retailing at $4-$8 a kilo, depending on variety. Whip a Greek feat with this crumbed eggplant with easy mint tzatziki.

A delightful array of Asian vegetables can be found at your local greengrocer. Add a delicious crunch and goodness to your stir-fries by adding a bunch of choy sum or pak choy. Asian greens are $2-$2.50 a bunch.

Pop a cauli in your trolley this week for $3-$4 a head. Add cauliflower to hearty vegetable soups or steaming and serve florets coated in a cheese sauce or buttered breadcrumbs or whip up a tasty cauliflower, leek and bacon soup.

Mild onion flavoured leeks are ideal for flavouring soups, casseroles, flans, pies and vegetable dishes. Combine leeks with cheese, cream, bacon, tomatoes, potatoes and mushrooms. Try leeks as an alternative to onions, a large stem is around $2.50-$3 each. Tip: Split and fan leeks, then wash, under running water to dislodge and soil.

Pick up the last of the Queensland new season ginger, it has a soft pale skin and delicate flavour. For extended storage peel the ginger and cut into chucks. Place in a clean jar and fill with, Chinese shaoxing rice wine, sherry or gin. Keep the jar in the refrigerator and use as required. New season ginger is more perishable than more mature ginger. New season ginger is $10-$15 a kilo.

Cauliflowers are lovely at this time of year and ideal for adding to chunky vegetable soups or steaming and serve florets coated in a cheese sauce or buttered breadcrumbs. Pop a cauli in your trolley this week for $3.50-$4 a head.

Pick up a packet of fresh bean sprouts that are delicious added to a stir-fry, fried rice, curries, Pad Thai salad or sautéed with garlic and served as a side dish. A 250g packet retails for around $1.50-$1.80.

Silverbeet with its large green gloss leaves and crunchy white stalks are ideal for adding to soups and vegetable pies or frittata. Remember to wash well before using. Silverbeet is $2.50-$3 a bunch this week and whip up a spinach silverbeet and ricotta pie.

FLOWERS

FlowersTreat yourself to a bunch of fresh flowers. This week’s best buys include, lisianthus, snap dragon, dahlia, celosia, snowberries, arum lilies, oriental lilies, pineapple lily, pink ice protea, hyacinth, gerbera, beehive ginger, sedum is finishing, water lilies, roses are stunning at is time of year, especially the David Austin roses, stock, chrysanthemums, hanging amaranth, dancing lady and Easter daisies.

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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 the variety, size and quality of the produce and the trading area. For further information please.



Published On 2019-04-01 15:27:00

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