Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
19 - 24 APRIL 2022
Serve up honey flavoured non-astringent sweet persimmons firm and crunchy or wait a few days and enjoy them soft and jelly-like. Sweet persimmons combine with lemons and limes and are a tasty addition to an autumn salad or cheese board. Sweet persimmons are $2-$5 each, depending on size and quality or 5$-$16 a kilo.
Scarlet coloured pomegranates are in season; their intense sweet-tart flavour works deliciously with sweet and savoury dishes. Depending on size, your local greengrocer will have quality pomegranates for $2-$7 each.
Mandarins are sweet and juicy. Imperial mandarins are the most prevalent variety; however, keep an eye out for the Afourer mandarins; they have highly coloured skin and are extra juicy. Imperials and Afourer are available at your local greengrocer for $2-$6 a kilo, depending on the size and quality.
Granny Smith and Golden Delicious are the perfect cooking apple; firm and slightly tart hold their shape well, making them ideal for adding to pies, pastries, and muffins. Treat the kids or family with a batch of apple and walnut muffins. Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples are $4-$6 a kilo.
Snap up the last of the year’s flavoursome plums. Tangy, sweet yellow and red-fleshed varieties are still available for $3-$10 a kilo. This plums with jelly and ANZAC biscuit crumb is a timely dessert very to serve family or friends.
Pears are still in their element for quality, variety and price. Select from Packham and Buerru Bosc at $3-$4 a kilo, or enjoy Corella pears for $4-$7 a kilo, depending on size.
There is a fabulous selection of quality flavoursome grapes to enjoy this week, including, Crimson seedless, Red Globe, Thompson seedless, Adora seedless and Sultana grapes. Most grapes are retailing at $3-$20 a kilo depending on the variety.
Like salt, lemons bring other flavours to life. While the juice contains the taste, the rind or zest holds the refreshing fragrance. Fill your fruit bowl with lemons, and we guarantee you will find a delicious way to use the juice and zest to add flavour. Lemons are $3-$5 a kilo, depending on the variety, quality and size. Try this tasty Greek lemon and chicken soup.
Large bulbs of new season fennel are $2.50-$3 a bulb. Crunchy and delicious eaten raw, it is said that raw fennel aids digestion and cooking fennel mellows its aniseed flavour. Use fennel in salads, pasta dishes, roasts or added to a one-pot dinner; this tomato, fennel and chicken one-pan dinner is quick to make and a delicious mid-week meal.
It is a fabulous time to enjoy chestnuts. Cooked chestnuts have a sweet taste and a texture similar to a roast potato. Chestnuts can be boiled, baked, grilled or roasted. Pick up a kilo and enjoy delicious chestnuts over Easter. This week chestnuts are $5-$12 a kilo, depending on variety and size. We highly recommend this tasty creamy cauliflower and chestnut soup.
Delicately flavoured zucchinis are tasty grilled, sautéed, stuffed, deep-fried or cooked as fritters. This week prices have dropped to $3-$6 a kilo, making them a thrifty buy.
Autumn is peak time for a variety of quality eggplants. Choose an eggplant with a firm, heavy fruit with taut, glossy, richly coloured skin and a fresh green stem. Eggplants can be stored in a refrigerator for up to 1 week and handle with care as they bruise easily. Eggplants are selling for $4-$8 a kilo. This eggplant, lime and tofu laksa is delicious.
If you enjoy mushrooms, and let’s face it, who doesn’t? Then autumn is the perfect time to use mushrooms with other seasonal favourites, like chestnuts, pumpkin, leeks or Asian leafy greens. Team with jumbo flats or mild flavoured buttons in omelettes, sauté sliced mushrooms over crisp toasted and top with a poached egg. Button, cups and flat mushrooms are $10-$14 a kilo.
Quality Tasmania eschalots, also known as golden shallots and French shallots, are in season and selling for $10-$15 a kilo, depending on size. Milder than onions, eschalots are ideal for Asian or French dishes. A popular way to serve eschalots is thinly sliced and deep-fried; they are then sprinkled over soups, salads or noodle dishes, adding a sweet onion flavour and crisp texture.
Keep an eye out for specials on bulk buys on 5-kilo bags of Desiree potatoes for $7-$10. Red skinned, oval-shaped Desiree potatoes have a waxy, yellowish-flesh colour and are perfect for boiling, roasted or microwaved; they are also ideal for mashing or using for potato salad. Try our recipe for pan-fried new potatoes with garlic, lemon and parsley.
Celery adds crunch, colour and flavour to stir-fries, soups, casseroles and salads. Consider serving this versatile vegetable on its own, tossed in chilli, garlic and ginger. Celery is $3-$5 a bunch.
There is a terrific selection of fresh-cut flowers available this week, including daisy and pom chrysanthemum sunflowers, tulips, fragrant roses, dahlia, bird of paradise, gerbera, snapdragons, stock, Oriental lilies, zinnia, protea, Easter daisies and celosia. Team flowers with shapely, colourful or textural foliage to create a display.
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 2022-04-19 12:24:13Print Page