Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
12 - 18 March 2018
Everyone loves stonefruit and plums are no exception. Late season plums are $3-$10 a kilo, depending on variety, select from Autumn Giant, Angelino, Teagan Blue and October Sun are all in season. Arrange plums on a square of puff pastry, sprinkle with sugar and bake in a hot oven until pastry is puffed and golden.
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 or simply add pears to a bread and butter pudding. Williams, Packham and Buerru Bosc pears are a bargain at $2-$4 a kilo. Corella pears are $3-$7 a kilo, depending on size. This Pear gingerbread cake tastes terrific.
Zesty limes at 50¢-$1 each are a thrifty buy and perfect for squeezing over seafood or spicy noodle dish. Lime juice makes a tasty a marinade or salad dressing and adding to a wedge or slice to your favourite afternoon beverage will enhance the flavour.
Super sweet sultana grapes are delicious eating right now. The red-skinned Crimson seedless is a choice buy for quality, crunch and value at $4-$6 a kilo. Try roasting a tray of grapes to serve with cheese or toss through a salad for sweetness.
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 on variety and size.
Don’t miss out on the last of the season’s excellent peaches and nectarines. Late season varieties are best eaten a little on the firmer side. Depending on the size peaches and nectarines are selling for $3-$7 a kilo, depending on size and flesh colour.
Nourishing and tasty Sheppard avocados are in season and only $2-$4 each. Added to a brownie mixture avocadoes enrich the flavour and reduce the saturated fat making this Avocado, Macadamia & Chia Brownie a healthier option.
Also in season; mangosteen, dragonfruit, white pomegranates, kiwiberry, sweet persimmon and custard apple.
Mexican cucumbers also known as cucamelons are a fruit are about the size of grapes and taste like cucumbers with a tinge of sourness. Sold in 100g punnets for $5-$6 these super crunchy bite size cucumbers will add something special to an autumn salad.
Autumn is peak time for quality eggplants and different varieties. Choose eggplant that is firm, heavy fruit has a taut glossy deeply coloured skin and a fresh green stem. Eggplants can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Handle with care as they bruise easily. Eggplants are selling for $3-$7 a kilo. You will need 1 kilo of baby eggplant(also known as Japanese or Lebanese eggplant) to whip up this flavoursome Baby Eggplant, Tomato & Ricotta Lasagne.
Versatile zucchini at $3-$5 a kilo are a choice a 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 curry try our Eggplant, zucchini, lime & chicken curry.
Cooler autumn nights are yielding a pleasing crop of premium quality, milky-white cauliflowers. Locally grown caulies are retailing at $4-$5 a head, depending on size. Try our Roasted spiced cauliflower with tahini yoghurt dressing.
Sweetcorn at 60¢-80¢ a cob is a fabulous buy. Boil, steam, microwaved or barbecued corn is a family favourite.
Team sweetcorn up with the late season mangoes and try our delicious Mango & corn salsa with sticky pork tortillas.
Chestnuts are a quintessential autumn delicacy. Baked, roasted, boiled or grilled gluten free chestnuts are a seasonal favourite. Set aside a little time and get to know this healthy, seasonal nut that is delicious used in stir-fries, soups, stuffings, enjoyed as a healthy snack or served as part of a traditional roast meal. Select the ‘Easy Peel’ varieties and get cooking, chestnut season is a short one. Expect to pay $$12-$16 a kilo, this week.
Plump flavoursome leeks can be eaten raw or cooked. Their delicate onion flavour makes them ideal for use in soups, casseroles, flans, pies and vegetable dishes. When preparing leeks, it is important to wash thoroughly to remove all traces of dirt from the leaves. Large leeks are about $2.50-$3 each.
Have you ever tried pickling your own olives? Whilst a bit time consuming it is a very rewarding experience to pickle 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.
Red capsicums are indispensable in the kitchen as their sweet flavour and vibrant colour are ideal for using is stir-fries, salad and casseroles. Enjoy them barbecued or cut in half, stuffed and baked. Field grown red capsicums are $3-$5 a kilo and premium quality glasshouse capsicums are $8-$10 a kilo.
Flowers flourish in the cooler autumn weather. This week’s best buys include dahlia, sedum, lisianthus, celosia, pink ice protea, gladioli, David Austin roses, Veronica, Billy button, pineapple lily, Siam tulips, , sunflowers, roses, tulips, chrysanthemums, hanging amaranth, tiger lily, Easter daisies, carnations, nerine, gerberas, bouvardia or tuberoses, potted Cyclamen and maiden hair fern.
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, Retail Support Manager on tel 0438 725 453.
Published On 2018-03-13 15:35:00Print Page