Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
15 to 21 June 2020


VEGETABLES

Fruit If you like cauliflower, you will adore fioretto. Also known as cauliflower blossom, this new veggie has succulent, tender long stems and edible white florets which have a delicate cauliflower flavour. A great alternative to cauliflower or broccolini, it is best enjoyed, steamed or stir-fried. Expect to pay $5-$6 a for a 400g punnet.

Celery is economical, healthy and discreetly delicious. Raw celery is crisp, tasty and low in kilojoules. Serve celery sticks with peanut butter, whip up a creamy celery soup or add flavour and fibre to hearty winter soups with celery. Celery is $2-$3 a bunch.

Leek adds a subtle onion flavour and teams well with other vegetables. A large, juicy plump leek or a bunch of smaller sized leeks are both selling for around $2-$3. Use leek instead of onion in soups, like this Leek, fennel and zucchini soup, or add to casseroles or frittatas. Choose leeks that have crisp long white stems with bright green tops.

What celeriac lacks in looks, it certainly makes up for in flavour and versatility. Celeriac has a delicate celery flavour and starchy texture which makes it ideal for creating a heavenly mush or creamy soup. Celeriac is $5-$6 a bulb, the small to medium sized bulbs are the better buy.

Vibrantly coloured with a sweet earthy flavour, beetroot is delicious roasted and blended into a soup. It has an amazingly rich colour and is packed with flavour. The purple pigments in beetroot, known as anthocyanins may act as antioxidants. Beetroot is a top buy at $3-$4 a bunch. This Roasted beetroot and leek soup is as tasty as it is colourful.

Serve shaved fennel in salads, add to curries, serve them roasted or create a flavour-packed pasta dish like this Fennel, tomato & Italian sausage spaghetti. Fennel bulbs are$1.50 $2.50 each.

Brussels sprouts are top of the class for all-round nutrition, supplying dietary fibre, potassium and a range of vitamins (A, C, E and four of the B complex vitamins) so at $2-$3 a kilo, they are good value. Cook until a vibrate green, never to olive green , try them teamed with a Spicy chorizo sausage and crispy breadcrumb the extra spice and crunchy texture makes them truly delicious. Check out the purple Brussel sprouts also available at your local greengrocer.

Cauliflowers flourish in the cold weather and this week snow white cauliflowers are $2-$4 a head. Microwave, steam, stir-fry or boil, until just tender for the best flavour. Warm up with a tasty Cauliflower and bacon Soup.

FRUIT

VegetablesSmooth and creamy Hass avocados are the perfect accompaniment to a Spicy potato wedges or chilli con carne. Over whip up a café style breakfast at home with this Avocado, ricotta & tomato smash on toast. Avocados are $2-$4 each.

Make the most of the quality lemons that are available in winter by making a delectable lemon flavoured dessert such as a steaming hot lemon delicious or lemon meringue pie. Or try making preserved lemons to serve with spicy Moroccan style dishes. Lemons are $2-$4 a kilo.

Fill your fruit bowl with vibrant orange coloured mandarins. There are several varieties to choose from, so prices are ranging from $2-$6 a kilo. South Australian fruit is firm skinned and juicy.

The soft, white pulp of the custard apple is deliciously sweet and a good source of vitamin C. The African Pride and Pink Mammoth are the main varieties grown in Australia and are selling for $4-$8 a kilo depending on variety.

Naturally scrumptious pears are a choice buy. You can enjoy Josephine, Packham and Beurre Bosc pears this week for $2-$4 a kilo, depending on variety and size, or for a short time look for the red skinned Piqa Boo pears for $5-$6 a kilo. Try our Stewed apples and pears with protein porridge it’s a tasty way to start the day, it is simple to prepare and a winter treat.

Kiwifruit is now in season and both the traditional green flesh variety and the newer gold kiwifruit are available. Rich in vitamin C, one gold kiwifruit supplies more than twice the recommended daily intake. Kiwifruit provide fibre, potassium and folate. Green kiwifruit are $4-$6 a kilo and Gold kiwi are $5-$8 a kilo.

Nothing beats freshly-squeezed orange juice for flavour! Juice navel oranges for breakfast –Navel oranges are a bargain at $1.50-$4 a kilo, depending on size. Looking for a quick dessert try.

Supplies of Queensland strawberries are increasing. Expect to pay $3-$4 for a 250g punnet. Enjoy a strawberry dessert, like this mouth-watering Rhubarb & strawberry meringue pudding Adding sliced strawberries to your porridge in the mornings, will add vitamin C, folate and fibre to your diet.

FLOWERS

FlowersBeautify your home with fresh flowers. Your local florist has a magnificent selection including winter favourites like sweetpea, calla lilies, stock, lavender, poppies, orchids, chrysanthemum, tulips, kale, jonquils and hyacinth. On the blog this week. 7 fabulous flower arranging hacks from an expert.



Published On 2020-06-15 08:28:00

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