Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
12 - 18 APRIL 2021
Juicy and fragrant Imperial mandarins are easy to peel and a healthy natural source of vitamin C. Imperial mandarins from Queensland are $4-$8 a kilo.
Red Angel pears are back in season. These striking pears have an attractive redskin colour, with a crisp white-flesh and delightful sweet flavour. Delicious enjoyed as a healthy snack and striking added to a salad, paired with a soft creamy cheese or add them to a charcuterie platter. Available from April to August you will find these glamourous pears at premium greengrocers for $6-$10 a kilo.
The dynamic colour, tangy nectar and abundant seeds (arils) of the pomegranate have made it a symbol of love and plenty, in many cultures. Today pomegranates are renowned for their high antioxidant qualities and the vibrant colour their arils and juice adds to autumn meals. Pomegranates are varying in price from $1-$7 each, depending on size.
Plump with juice and bursting with sweetness autumn is the peak season for Aussie grown grapes. Seedless grape are a popular choice with the Crimson and Thompson grapes the perfect choice for school lunch boxes and healthy snacking at $4-$7 a kilo. For something new or special, try the large, sweet and crunchy white fleshed Autumn Crisp variety or the black-skinned Adora variety both are ranging in price from $10 -$25 a kilo.
It’s a bumper time for freshly harvested apples with over ten varieties now available, including Pink Lady, Golden Delicious, Jazz and Kanzi varieties. Apples are perfect for a healthy snack and offer loads of potential for autumn desserts, like this apple and coconut slice. Apples depending on variety and size apples are $3-$8 a kilo.
A custard apples skin loses its sheen with ripening. Leave custard apples to fully ripen out of direct sunlight at room temperature It’s is ready to eat when it yields to gentle pressure. Fruit with black skin is over-ripe. To prepare, halve the fruit and dislodge the sweet white flesh with a spoon, discarding any seeds. Toss custard apple flesh with a drizzle of lemon or orange juice and serve with thick vanilla yoghurt for a quick breakfast. Custard apples are $8-$15 a kilo.
Shepard avocados contain ‘good’ unsaturated fat and when it comes to getting vitamin E in your diet, avocados are the richest fruit or vegetable sources. Shepard avocados are $2-$4 each, depending on variety and size.
Start your day in a healthy way and add diced fruit to your favourite breakfast cereal or use diced kiwifruit in spicy kiwifruit salsa to serve with five spice chicken.
Autumn is chestnut time. Split and roast chestnuts, then peel when hot. Toss roasted, peeled and chopped chestnuts in to rice and lentil dishes, san choy bau, or autumn salad. Chestnuts have a sweet-nutty flavour that is quite unique. Chestnuts, depending on size will range in price from $3-$4 a kilo.
Get creative, with healthy Brussels sprouts, they team deliciously with a wide range of flavours including chestnuts. Try this tasty combination, roasted chestnuts and Brussel sprouts with bacon and parmesan. Brussels are available at your local greengrocer for $6-$15 a kilo.
Economical, healthy and ultra-versatile, fresh celery a staple veggie that teams deliciously with carrots and onions it creates a flavoursome base for winter soups and casseroles. The best way to store celery is to trim bulbs, and place unwashed into a plastic container lidded with absorbent paper and keep refrigerated. Celery is $3-$4 a bunch.
Pumpkins golden flesh and naturally sweetness offers so many possibilities. Team pumpkin with aromatic flavours like lemongrass, ginger and kaffir lime for a sweet Thai style curry or a soup. Roast with chopped sage and toss pumpkin through pasta, gnocchi or into an autumn salad. Pumpkins are good value and if uncut last at 10 days if stored in a cool dry place, out of direct sunlight. Once cut store pumpkins in the refrigerator. Pumpkins are $1-$2.50 a kilo, depending if they are whole or cut.
There is so many ways to enjoy eggplant, roasted, grilled, barbecued or add to a curry. Layer cooked eggplant slices with a rich tomato passatta and mozzarella cheese and bake until warm and bubbly. This baby eggplant, tomato and ricotta lasagne is delicious hot or cold. Traditional eggplants are $3-$8 a kilo and baby eggplants $5-$8 a kilo.
Fresh broccoli has a taste and texture that can’t be matched. Cooler weather has firmed up prices a little this week, so expect to pay $3-$5 a kilo.
Orange -fleshed sweet potato also known as kumara is a thrifty buy this week at $2-$4 a kilo, depending on tuber size. Add kumara to curries, casseroles, enjoy it mashed and roasted. This mushroom, kumara and beef cottage pie is super tasty and sure to become a family favourite.
Mushrooms are the great all round, easy to cook, super healthy and ultra-delicious. Add vitamin B rich mushrooms to stir-fries, sauces, risottos, casseroles, soups and curries. Button mushrooms have the mildest flavour, Cups are versatile and Flats have the fullest flavour. Fill up a brown paper bag and get cooking, as mushrooms are perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Depending on your choice mushrooms are $8-$14 a kilo.
Look for special on Lebanese cucumbers at the end of the week.
Autumn blooms is divine, with a superb choice. Fresh in season flowers include local roses, celosia, double, gerberas, stock, snapdragon, bird of paradise, hyacinth, tulips, gum nuts, chrysanthemums, zinnia, asters and dahlias, veronica, sweetpeas and interesting natives flora including banksia and proteas. .
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 2021-04-12 15:32:20Print Page