Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
11 - 17 APRIL 2022
Cook up a scrumptious dessert with pears while they are such good value. Pears are delicious wrapped in pastry, poach peeled pears in red wine, roast pears or bake with pears; this pear gingerbread cake is scrumptious. Williams, Packham, and Buerru Bosc pears are a bargain at $3-$4 a kilo. Corella pears are $3-$8 a kilo, depending on size.
Crunch into a new season apple, select from Fuji, Pink Lady, Royal Gala, Granny Smith and Delicious, or try sibling apples Jazz and Kazzi. These varieties are a tasty cross between Gala and Braeburn apples; they have a firm but dense flesh and a tangy, sweet flavour. Prices range from $3-$8 a kilo, depending on the variety.
There is a fabulous range of grapes on offer again this week. If you like your grapes red-skinned, sweet and crunchy, I recommend the Crimson seedless and Sweet Celebration. In green grapes, Thompson seedless and crisp Autumn Crisps are exceptional. Depending on the variety, grapes range from $3-$20 a kilo.
Scarlet coloured pomegranates with their luscious ruby arils have an intense, sweet-tart flavour, which adds something special to sweet and savoury dishes. Remove the arils from the leathery casing, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and use them within 3 days. Pomegranates are $1.50-$6 each depending on quality and size.
Citrus fruits are top value. In season from April to July, Imperial mandarins are virtually seedless and very easy to peel. Mandarins are $4-$7 a kilo. Tangy limes are plentiful and 50c-$1 each). Pink-fleshed Ruby Red grapefruit are premium quality and only $3-$5 a kilo. Select glossy citrus that feels heavy for its size, indicating good juice content.
Late season plums are ideal for roasting, added to an autumn salad or bottle up that fruity flavour by making a spicy plum sauce. This sauce teams very well with grilled chicken, fish or lamb. Select from red and yellow-fleshed varieties with prices ranging from $3-$10 a kilo.
If you intend to bake this Easter long week, add some tropical tasting passionfruit to your shopping list and try these delicious passionfruit cupcakes. Passionfruit is a top source of fibre and vitamin C; expect to pay $1-$1.50 each, depending on the size and variety.
Ruby-red rhubarb is a winter favourite and is $4-$5 a bunch this week. Rhubarb is adored for its colour and tangy flavour in decadent desserts, especially when mixed with strawberries to make a lip-smacking rhubarb and strawberry meringue pudding.
This week, don’t forget to add carrots to your shopping list to tempt the Easter Bunny to add to your roasts and salads. Carrots are a bargain at $1.50-$3 a kilo bag.
Fresh herbs are a fabulous and easy way to add flavour without extra kilojoules. If your barbecuing or entertaining over Easter, this chilli and coriander sauce with salmon served with a fresh salad is a must-try. Herb prices range from $3-$4 a bunch.
Pumpkins are perhaps the most adaptable of vegetables. Use them in gnocchi, bread, sweet tarts and pies or if you crave comfort foods, roast wedges with garlic, whip a mash or puree for a rich cream soup. Purchase a whole pumpkin and save more. The thriftiest pumpkins will be the Jap and Jarrahdale varieties at $1-$1.50 a kilo, and the Butternuts are a little more at $1.50-$2 a kilo.
Mushrooms are rich in antioxidants, and their ideal for using a meat substitute. Large flat mushrooms are delicious, stuffed with buttered breadcrumbs, grated cheese and fresh herbs. Buttons are perfect for serving with eggs for a lazy Easter Breakfast. Expect to pay $10-$14 kilo.
Easter is a fabulous time to enjoy chestnuts. Cooked chestnuts have a sweet taste and a texture similar to a roast potato. Chestnuts can be boiled, baked, grilled or roasted. Pick up a kilo and enjoy delicious chestnuts over Easter. This week chestnuts are $5-$12 a kilo, depending on variety and size.
Big on colour and bursting with flavour, beetroot is a delicious and versatile vegetable that adds a sweet earth flavour to meals. Add beetroot to soups, juice, dips or roasted to Autumn salads. This beetroot-cured salmon with dill sauce is a crowd-pleaser. Fresh beetroot is $4-$5 a bunch, or purchase larger-sized single bulbs for $3-$5 a kilo.
Pick up the last of the Queensland new season ginger; it has soft pale skin and delicate flavour. For extended storage, peel the ginger and cut it into chunks. Place in a clean jar and fill with Chinese Shaoxing rice wine, sherry or gin. Keep the jar in the refrigerator and use it as required. New-season ginger is the cheapest option at $15-$20 a kilo, as mature ginger is $30-$45 a kilo.
Potatoes are well supplied. Keep an eye out for specials on bulk buys of 5-kilo. Try our recipe for pan-fried new potatoes with garlic, lemon and parsley. Brush potatoes are a multi-purpose option, and they keep well. Expect to pay $5-$10 for 5-kilo.
Choose firm, pale green celery with crisp stalks and fresh-looking leafy tops; avoid celery with split or damaged stalks. Add celery to a potato salad for a fresh, crisp texture and flavour. Celery retails at $2-$4 a bunch, depending on bunch size.
Mild flavoured and ultra-versatile zucchini are a good buy this week at $5-$7 a kilo. This Mexican-style stuffed zucchinis with avocado mash is a fun way to use zucchini that kids and adults will enjoy.
There is a terrific selection of fresh-cut flowers available this week, including sunflowers, tulips, fragrant roses, dahlia, bird of paradise, gerbera, snapdragons, stock, Oriental lilies, daisy chrysanthemum, asters, protea, Easter daisies and celosia. Team flowers with shapely, colourful or textural foliage to create a display.
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 2022-04-11 16:42:00Print Page