Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
16 - 22 April 2018


FRUIT

Despite their creamy texture bananas contain no fat at all. Bananas make an ideal snack or fancy dessert like this Banana’s with salted caramel. Bananas are perfect to serve with pancakes, add them to muffins and cakes or shake up a delicious smoothie. This week bananas are $1.50-$4 a kilo.

Creamy and flavoursome avocado are at their best value and tastiest in Autumn and winter expect pay $2-$4 each. Pick up a few avocados this week for serving with salads, taco, sandwiches, smoothies and try using avocadoes in baked goods like these tasty Avocado, macadamia and chia brownie.

Vibrant green limes add a citrusy zing to drinks, marinades, sauce and salads dressings. A key ingredient in Asian and Mexican dishes, limes teams perfectly with avocado, coriander, mint, chilli, chicken, seafood and pork. Limes are retailing at 50¢-$1 each.

Juicy Imperial mandarins are in season and top value at $2-$6 a kilo.

South Australian strawberries are a thrifty buy. Use with 1-2 days of purchase to enjoy them at their maximum quality. Strawberries are $2-$4 a punnet.

Grab a big bunch of sweet eating and superb crunchy grapes. Grapes are retailing at $4-$12 a kilo, depending.

Nothing compares to a perfectly ripe pear. Their taste and juiciness will seduce you. Wonderfully versatile, pears work well with sweet and savoury flavours. So versatile pears can be baked, poached, stewed, roasted, tossed through warm salads or simply eaten when ripe. Depending on variety pears are $2-$4 a kilo.

Popular in the Middle East, India and Mediterranean, pomegranates are now being embraced by Australian cooks and chefs a like. Their firm, leathery outer casing holds glistening jewel-like arils that are vibrant, sweet, juicy and highly nutritious. Sprinkle over arils over lamb dishes, salads, porridge, rice, couscous and desserts, like Pavlova or panna cotta. Pomegranates are selling for $2-$5 each depending on size and quality.

Apples are ideal snack food and also add sweetness to salads, are superb roasted to serve with pork or core unpeel apples and fill with a nuts and dried fruits and bake with a squeeze of orange juice and maple syrup. With twelve different varieties currently available it’s time to taste test a different apple every week. Apples are $3-$8 a kilo.

It’s time to embrace the fabulous quince. Simmer a split vanilla pod in a light sugar syrup and gentle poach peeled and quartered quinces until they are softened and have turned a gorgeous shade of pink. Alternatively try roasting quince. Expect to pay $3-$5 a kilo, depending on size.

Plump ripe and flavoursome Truss tomatoes are great value this week at $3-$5 a kilo. Perfect for making Greek style stuffed tomatoes.

VEGETABLES

Rosemary is the herb of remembrance and this weekend or on ANZAC day would be the ideal time to enjoy this fragrant herb. Rosemary is delicious teamed with lamb, garlic, parmesan cheese, potatoes, yoghurt, chicken, pork and pumpkin. You will find bunches for $2.50-$3. Try our Rosemary, potato, tomato & lamb bake.

Economical, healthy and discreetly delicious, fresh celery is a stable vegetable that rarely the hero ingredient, yet when teamed with carrots and onions it creates a delicious flavour base for 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 $2-$4 a bunch, depending on size.

Peppery flavoured watercress is a top salad green and only $2-$3 a bunch. For a quick salad, toss 3 cups watercress sprigs with 250g halved cherry tomatoes, 100g crumbled feta cheese and 225g can drained flaked tuna. Sprinkle with 2 thinly sliced green onions (shallots) and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and serve. Watercress is also delicious as a side vegetable simply sautéed.

Look at for new season fennel, this tasty bulb has a delicate aniseed flavour is delicious in raw in salads, in pasta sauces, stir-fries and risotto. Fennel teams delicious with lamb, chicken and seafood. Serve thinly sliced fennel as an accompaniment to a spicy curry. You can pick up a fennel for $2-$2.50 a bulb.

Nutritious broccoli is a family favourite that is delicious steam, stir-fried or pureed to create a delicious spicy broccoli & chilli soup. Broccoli prices have eased in the last week; expect to pay $3-$5 a kilo.

Pumpkins golden flesh and naturally sweetness offers so many possibilities. Roast with chopped sage and toss pumpkin through pasta, gnocchi or an autumn salad. Pumpkins are good value. $1-$2 a kilo when purchased whole.

Autumn is chestnut time. Split and roast chestnuts, then peel when hot. Toss roasted and peeled chestnuts with Brussels sprouts for a tasty side dish, with roasted vegetable or through a salad. Chestnuts are $6-$12 a kilo, depending on size and variety.

FLOWERS

Team stunning autumn blooms with unusual foliage to create an eye-catching arrangement. In season and good value Jungle leaves, Monstero, Viburnum, Cordyline tops or Arrow leaves.

Team with Flamingo Feathers, Celosia, Sweet William, Dahlia, Aster, Freesia, Chrysanthemums, Gladioli’s, Tulips, Roses, Sweetpeas, Stock, Gerbera, Rose Lily Delphinium and Iris.

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 2018-04-16 15:35:00

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