Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
17 - 23 MAY 2021


FRUIT

Fruit Allow 2-4 days for a firm avocado to ripen. To spend up ripening store avocados with bananas and apples at room temperature. Once ripe, they can be refrigerated. Sheppard avocados are available at your local greengrocer for $1.50 $3 each, or Hass avocados are $1-$3 each, depending on size.

It’s a bumper time for freshly harvested apples. Try all the different varieties to discover their distinct tastes and textures, and appearances. Apples are a convenient snack or are also ideal for cooking and baking. Use Golden Delicious at $4-$7, Granny Smith at $3-$6 or Fuji apples at $4-$7 a kilo, in these light and tasty apple and walnut muffins. The best eating apple for kid’s lunch box would be the Mi apple at $3-$5 a kilo.

Kiwifruits are in peak season and can now select from three colours, green, gold and red flesh varieties. One kiwifruit supplies more than twice the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. Depending on colour and size; green kiwifruit are available for $4-$7 a kilo, red kiwifruit are sold in 500g punnets for $5-$7 and gold kiwifruit are $7-$12 a kilo.

Medjool dates have a soft sweet flesh with a delicate hint of caramel. Enjoy fresh dates as a healthy snack, or add seed dates to cakes, puddings and porridge. This pear, date and chocolate crumble is a delicious dessert. Our tip is to double the topping mixture and store half in the freezer, so that you can reduce the preparation time for your next crumble. Medjool dates are $12-$20 a kilo and are sold loose or in punnets.

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 sell for $7-$14 a kilo, depending on the variety. Team with passionfruit or orange segments for a simply dessert.

Extra juicy mandarins are plentiful and eating nicely. With two varieties to choose you can enjoy Imperials, Daisy and Taylor Lees. Depending on the variety, mandarins are $2-$6 a kilo.

Delicately scented, exotic quinces are in good supply. Closely related to apples and pears, quince can be stewed, baked, poached or used to make jams, jellies and pastes. They are superb slowly simmered in a sugar and cinnamon syrup. So enjoy quince this week for $3-$5 a kilo.

Naturally, scrumptious pears are a choice buy. You can enjoy Packham and Beurre Bosc pears this week for $3-$5 a kilo, depending on variety.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Bok choy, choy sum and gail lum flourish in Autumn and have recovered well after the recent Sydney floods. Super nutritious and fast to cook, Asian leafy greens are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, folate and antioxidants, as and low in kilojoules. So pick up a few bunches to steam or stir-fry this week. Asian leafy greens $1.50 $2.50 a bunch. This super tasty, meat-free Asian greens, seed and tofu stir-fry only requires 8 minutes cooking time.

It’s easy to eat a rainbow with colour Swiss chard, also known as rainbow chard. Like silverbeet this leafy green veggie has large gloss leaves and thick stems abut as the names suggest rainbow chard can have vibrant red, pink, orange or yellow stems. Both leaves and stems can be eaten raw or cooked. Add finely chopped to salads, soups, stir-fries or serve as a colourful side dish. Pop a bunch in the trolley this week for $4-$5.

English spinach is a powerhouse of essential antioxidants and vitamins. Stems and leaves are edible and delicious raw or cooked. Wash well before cooking. Like Asian veggies, supplies were impacted by recent weather events, but supplies have recovered, and prices have eased, so make the most of this thrifty and versatile veggie. This creamy English spinach, mushroom and cheese pasta bake is a great family meal. English spinach is $2-$3 a bunch

Victorian grown fennel is at its prime. The aniseed flavour is stronger when raw and becomes milder when cooked. Sautee, bake or add to casseroles and soups. Fennel is fabulous teamed with mild cheeses and is a tasty addition to a risotto or served roasted with a leg of lamb. Expect to pay $1.50-$2 a bulb.

Leeks are soft, oniony flavour and lovely aroma, are ideal as a base for a stew or braise, as you would onions. Leeks are perfect for featuring in a vegetable pie or team with potato, pumpkin, carrot or celeriac to make a creamy soup. Leeks are $1.50-$3 for a large single stem.

With the cooler weather now with us, our thoughts turn to hearty casseroles, wholesome stews and filling soups, so what better ingredient for these dishes than golden fleshed pumpkin. Whole Jap, Butternut and Jarrahdale pumpkins are now selling for $1-$2a kilo and cut pumpkins $2-$3 a kilo.

It’s time to roast up a kilo or two of chestnuts. Having cooked and peeled chestnuts in the freezer is a tasty and easy way to add a boost of flavour to autumn salads, tossing with roasted cauliflower, steamed Brussel sprouts or adding to your weekday evening meals. Chestnuts are $8-$12 a kilo.

Cauliflower thrives in the cooler weather. Its creamy white florets provide a healthy alternative to rice. Serve cauliflower rice with curries or dahl, use instead of couscous, or serve it roasted as a side dish. This week your local greengrocer will have cauliflowers available for $3-$4 ahead, depending on size. Learn How to make cauliflower rice.

Bull horns chillies are also known as sweet long capsicums. Ranging in colour from green, pale yellow, orange to hot red, bull horn chillies are sweet eating and can be used in the same way as capsicums. Expect to pay $4-$6 a kilo.

Onions are a terrible flavour base. The popular brown onion has a pungent, sharp flavour when used raw but develops a delicious sweetness with cooking, as its volatile oils convert to sugar. Brown onions are ideal for use in casseroles, soups, stocks, risotto and for making caramelised onions. Versatile Brown onions are great value $1-$3 a kilo, bulk buy like a kilo net bag to make savings.

Machine harvested green beans are top value at $3-$5 a kilo. Flavour beans with lemon zest, garlic or finely chopped fresh herbs.

FLOWERS

Flowers Visit your local florist this week and discover the wonderful variety of autumn blooms available, which includes tulips, celosia, hyacinths, sea holly, stock, snap dragons, erica, sunflower, wattle, heleconia, calla lilies, amaranthus, chrysanthemums, freesia, ivy berry, peppercorn, billy button stirlingia and dusty miller, red and green leucadendron, tetra nuts and banksia. Imported red and coral peonies have started to arrive at your local florist.



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 2021-05-17 10:03:42

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