Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
10 - 16 MAY 2021
It’s a bumper time for freshly harvested apples. Bright red Kanzi apples, are a cross between Royal Gala and Braeburn apples; this crunchy apple is in season now and retailing at $4-$6 a kilo.
Mandarins are sweet and juicy. Imperial mandarins are the most prevalent variety; however, keep an eye out for the Daisy mandarins; they have highly coloured skin and are extra juicy. Imperials and Daisy are available at your local greengrocer for $2-$6 a kilo, depending on the size and quality.
Liven up your porridge, salads, couscous, eggplant or hummus with a spoonful of pomegranate seeds. Pomegranates are $2-$4 each. Attractive ruby-coloured and antioxidant-rich pomegranates contain jewel-like seeds that add vibrant colour to a dish and a delicious burst of sweet/sour flavour.
Vivid-green limes peak in autumn and a bursting with tangy juice. Add zing to drinks, marinades, sauces and salad dressings with freshly squeezed limes. Drizzle over spicy noodles, fresh seafood or whip up a batch of tangy lime curd and serve with a biscotti. Limes are 20¢-60¢ each depending on size.
Mix it up this week and crunch into a Papple; they look similar to an apple but are a hybrid of European and Asian pear varieties. The fruit is round with a red-orange blush over a yellow background. It is crunchy and juicy, like an Asian pear, but has the more robust flavour of a European pear. Originally from New Zealand, Papples are now grown in Australia and are retailing for $5-$7 a kilo.
Eaten firm and crunchy sweet persimmons are delicious served sliced, cut into wedges or julienne. Add sweet persimmon to a cheese board or a salad. Sweet persimmons are $4-$10 kilo. This sweet persimmon, serrano ham and rocket salad is quick, easy and delicious.
Have you tried Piqa Boo pears? This pear has a classic pear shape with beautiful orangey-red skin; it has a crisp texture when eaten firm, but it’s similar to William’s pears when allowed to soften. Piqa Boo pears are available at quality greengrocers for $7-$10 a kilo.
Flavoursome with a firm, crunchy texture, Crimson seedless grapes delicious sweet. Grab a bunch this week as they are good value at $3-$10 a kilo, depending on the size and richness of colour. Add roasted grapes to your autumn salads for a boost of sweetness.
It’s a good week to enjoy cauliflower. Prices have dropped to $3-$4 ahead, and the quality is excellent. Try grating cauliflower and then sautéing or steaming the cauliflower, it’s a low-cal, rice replacement. Another popular way to enliven cauliflower is to roast florets or the entire whole cauliflower. Try sprinkling it with cumin or Moroccan seasoning and a drizzle of olive oil, then roasting until tender.
Build up your immunity against winter colds and flues with Brussels sprouts; they are a good source of vitamin. For something a little bit different, finely shred Brussels sprouts and stir-fry with chopped bacon, pine nuts and garlic. Brussels sprouts are $3-$6 a kilo.
Fennel is a fabulous buy at $1.50-$2 a bulb. Crunchy and delicious eaten raw, it is said that raw fennel aids digestion. Cooking fennel mellows its aniseed flavour. Use fennel in salads, pasta dishes roast or added to a one-pot dinner; this tomato, fennel and chicken one pan dinner is a quick to make and delicious mid-week meal.
Fresh green beans from Victoria and Queensland are reasonably priced this week. Machine harvested green beans are $3-$5 a kilo, and handpicked beans are $6-$10 a kilo. Bright and brimming with flavour beans can be boil or steam until tender, then tossed with olive oil, sautéed garlic and finely grated lemon zest. Vic QLD
Nutritious and versatile pumpkin is an inexpensive vegetable at $1-$2 a kilo when purchased whole, or pick up a half or wedge for $1.50-$3 a kilo.
Jerusalem artichokes - flesh, crisp white flesh with a sweet-nutty flavour are similar to water chestnuts. Peel and chop, then place in acidic water to prevent oxidisation them the crisp flesh to stir-fries, salads or spring rolls. They made a rich, creamy soup when teamed with leeks. Jerusalem artichokes are selling for $8-$12 a kilo.
The glossy-purple skin of an eggplant is a rich source of antioxidants and fibre. To preserve its low-fat content, bake, grill or barbecue eggplant rather than frying it. Eggplants are $3-$6 a kilo. Try our eggplant schnitzels; they are ultra -tasty served hot or cold, and a tasty meat-free option.
This week’s superb selection of Autumn blooms includes tiger lily, lisianthus imports, kale, Iris, freesia, , tulips, banksia and chrysanthemums, roses, freesia, celosia, hyacinths, sea holly, snap dragons, Trixs, sunflower, heleconia, calla lilies, ivy berry, peppercorn, bachelor button, stirlingia and dusty miller, red and green leucadendron, tetra nuts and jonquils have started.
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, tel 0438 725 453
Published On 2021-05-10 16:59:00Print Page