1 - 7 May 2023 update Sydney Market that includes availability and price of seasonal fruits, vegetables and flowers. Also includes recipe suggestions.


Fruit Imperial mandarins are a tangy and versatile fruit with a unique flavour, like oranges that can be eaten and juiced. Their small size also makes them perfect for packing in school lunch boxes. Depending on their size, you can purchase a kilo of mandarins for $2-$6.

Australia's apple season is in full swing, and a fabulous range of apples is available at your local greengrocer. Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Kanzi, Jazz, Royal Gala, Bravo, Rocket, Mi, and Pink Lady are firm and crunchy. Depending on variety and size, you will pay $3-$8 a kilo.

If you enjoy kiwifruit, the good news is that Australian Gold kiwifruit are in-season. Australian Gold (Dori) kiwifruit is a relatively new variety developed in New Zealand. Australian Gold has smoother skin and a sweeter, less tart flavour than the more common green kiwifruit. It also has a higher level of Vitamin C and other nutrients, making it a healthy choice for a snack or ingredient in recipes. Gold kiwis are $8-$15 a kilo, and green kiwis are $5-$10 a kilo, depending on size.

Feijoa season is short, and now is the time to enjoy this oval-shaped, green-skinned fruit with a flavour similar to guava with a more pineapple flavour. They are in store for $1-$5 each, depending on size or $8-$20 a kilo.

Bananas are an all-time favourite. Expect to pay $2-$4 a kilo this week. When bananas start to develop a brown freckled appearance on the dulling yellow skin, they are at prime ripeness and all the starch content has changed to sugar, so they are at their sweetest.

All pears are excellent value at $2-$4 a kilo. Change it up a little and enjoy crisp and sweet nashi; they are delicious sliced and enjoyed as a snack or added to a salad. Nashi's are $5-$8 a kilo, depending on size.

Make the most of the seasons late season plums. Whip up an Easy plum crumble, or try this delicious breakfast-style Poached plums with coconut chia. Plums are $4-$8, depending on variety.

It's a good week for melons. Have you tried Candy Melon? It looks like a yellow honeydew with its golden rind, but on the inside is orange flesh that resembles a honeydew. Super sweet and tasty, this melon is a top buy at $2-$6 each, depending on size. Alternative Honeydew and Piel de Sapo are $4-$6 each.


Vegetables Regardless of our royalist beliefs, this week presents an excellent opportunity to savour some delicious locally grown English spinach. Consider purchasing a few bunches and using them to whip up a delicious coronation spinach quiche. Locally grown English spinach is a good buy this week at $3-$4.

Leeks won't make you cry, but they will add a delicious onion flavour to soups, casseroles, stir-fries and pasta dishes. Pick up a plump flavour-packed stem for $2-$3 each. Choose leeks that have crisp long white stems with bright green tops. Store them in the vegetable crisper for up to 1 week.

This week, you will save a few pennies with machine-harvested green beans from Bowen of offer at $2-$4 a kilo.

With its lively flavour, fennel brings a fresh Mediterranean taste to autumn dishes. Crunchy and tasty eaten raw, did you know that fennel aids digestion? On cooking, its aniseed flavour mellows. Use fennel in salads, pasta dishes or roast. Fennel is a fabulous buy at $2.50-$3 ahead.

Bargain shoppers note that celery is a top buy this week at $2-$4 a bunch, depending on size. Trusty celery is an all-year-round staple that shines as a soup, casserole or stir-fry ingredient as the weather turns chilly. Enjoy its crunch texture in chunky minestrone, or transform a whole bunch by making this creamy celery & blue cheese soupM.

Versatile carrots are essential to enjoy raw or added to stir-fries, soups, casseroles or curries, and who doesn't enjoy a slice of home-baked carrot cake? Carrots are $1.50-$3 a kilo.

Broccoli is packed with natural goodness and is best cooked quickly to preserve its vibrant colour and flavour. You can add it to pasta, soup, stir-fries, or top it with cheese for a gratin. Broccoli is $4-$6 per kilo.

Serve up a creamy bowl of mashed potatoes. There is a good supply of potatoes at your local greengrocer, and many will have Brush potatoes for $6-$8 for a 5-kilo bag or red-skinned Desiree potatoes, 5 kilos for $10-$12.

This week, eggplant is a top buy at $4-$8 a kilo. There are many ways to enjoy eggplant roasted, grilled, barbecued or add to a curry. Try our eggplant schnitzels as a side dish or a vegetarian meal.


Flowers This week, a superb range of fresh-cut flowers is available, including chrysanthemums, kale, sunflowers, tulips, fragrant roses, dahlia, bird of paradise, and gerbera snapdragons, stock, Oriental lilies, zinnia, protea and celosia. Team flowers with shapely, colourful or textural foliage to gift or create a beautiful arrangement for your home. Just a reminder, Mother's Day is 14th May, so remember to order your flowers.

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, Marketing Consultant on 0438725453.

Published On 2023-05-01 14:58:00

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