Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
11 - 17 March 2019
Enticing new season Royal gala, Fuji, Golden Delicious and Delicious apples are super crisp and tasty. Bite into apple this week for $2.50-$5 a kilo depending on variety and size.
Sweet persimmons season has started. Sweet persimmon also known as Fuji fruit look like are persimmon however unlike traditional persimmons, they can be eaten hard and crisp. Their attractive tangerine coloured flesh is a tasty addition to a salad or cheese board. Expect to pay $3-$4 each, depending on size and quality.
Pomegranates are increasingly being recognised as a rich source of antioxidants and adored for their dynamic ruby coloured nectar and arils. Pomegranates are in season and only $3-$6 each. This fig, red cabbage & pomegranate salad is a favourite.
Flavoursome Williams’ pears are a top buy at $2-$4 a kilo. Roasted pears are a superb accompaniment to roast pork and combine deliciously with parsnips. Remember that pears continue to ripen are harvesting so select firm, mature pears and ripen at room temperature. If poaching or roasting pears, use firm pears for the best result.
Everyone loves stonefruit and plums are no exception. Late season plums are $3-$10 a kilo, depending on variety, select from Autumn Giant, Teagan Blue and October Sun are all in season. These Easy Plum Tarts are an easy mid-week dessert.
Be sure to pick up figs, this week as the quality is excellent. Naturally sweet figs are delightful slice and served with muesli, add them to a salad or enjoy them grilled or baked. Figs team superbly with prosciutto, cream, blue cheeses, raspberries, cream, honey, rocket and nuts. Figs are $1-$3 each, depending in variety and size.
Super sweet sultana grapes are delicious eating right now. The red-skinned crimson seedless are a choice buy for quality, crunch and value at $5-$8 a kilo. Try roasting a tray of grapes to serve with cheese or toss through a salad for sweetness.
If you have ever travelled through South East Asia, you have probably seen or enjoyed the exotically different mangosteen. Its subtle, delicate, sweet-acid taste is refreshingly different and unlike other fruits. Australian grown mangosteens are in season for another 4-5 weeks, so don’t miss out on these delicious fruits. Small fruit is $25 a kilo and large fruit look for specials like 3 for $10.
Sweet by name and sweet by nature – sweetcorn is a choice by at 80¢-$1 a cob.
Okra also known as Lady’s Fingers are a green furry pod that is used in soups, casseroles, curries and are delicious battered and deep fried. Trim 500g okra and cook in boiling water for 5 minutes. Okra is $8-$10 a kilo.
Shepard avocados are a pear-shaped variety with a smooth green skin and a golden buttery flesh which does not turn brown when cut. With an average size 200g-320g they are in season from February to May and good value at $2.50-$3 each, depending on size.
Firm, papery skinned brown onions are full of flavour. Perfect for a bowl of nourishing French onion soup or add them to a roast or casserole. Brown onions are $2-$3 a kilo, depending on size.
Cauliflower cheese has long been a childhood favourite but you want believe how fabulous this snow-white brassica is when crumbed served as cauliflower 'popcorn' with avocado & bean smash tacos Pop a cauli in the trolley this week for $5-$6 a head.
Carrots are very tasty at the moment and good value at $1.50-$2 for a kilo bag and up to $2.50 for larger carrots, sold loose. Microwave sliced carrots in a drizzle of honey and a little butter until tender.
When visiting your local green grocer this week keep an eye out for fresh pistachio nuts. Available for only 4-5 weeks they are a season al treat. Their attractive soft, pink and yellow mottled skin covers the hard, semi spit shell. The nut itself is mild tasting with a creamy texture and is delicious as a healthy snack and a tasty addition to baked goods. Expect to pay $18-$20 a kilo.
Asian leafy greens like bok choy, choy sum, gai lum and on choy/ Kan Kong (water spinach) are terrific value at $1.50-$2 a bunch. Make a stir-fry healthier and boost the texture and colour.
Versatile zucchini at $3-$5 a kilo is a choice buy. Barbecue, char-grill or grate and add to cooked pasta. Zucchini is also an appetising addition to a cake batter, adding extra nutritional value and moisture and a delicate flavour. For a nutritious and flavour packed meal try this mint & chilli chimichurri with chicken skewers served with zucchini noodles.
Have you ever tried pickling your own olives? Whilst a bit time consuming it is a very rewarding and a delicious experience to pickle your own olives. Green olives are plentiful right now so gather up your jars and get bottling. Green olives are $5-$7 a kilo depending on size and variety.
Autumn flowers are top quality visit your local florist and pick up a bunch of Veronica, Billy button, pineapple lily, sea holly, Siam tulips, sunflowers, roses, tulips, chrysanthemums, hanging amaranth, lisianthus, dahlia, flamingo celosia, oriental lilies, sedum, beehive ginger, sunflowers, local roses, tulips, chrysanthemums, hydrangea, hanging amaranth, dancing lady, smoke bush, tiger lily, Easter daisies, carnations, gerberas, bouvardia or tuberoses.
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 contact Sue Dodd, Marketing Consultant on 02 9325 6200. Please credit the source if republishing images or copy.
Published On 2019-03-11 13:15:00Print Page