Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
19 - 25 March 2018


FRUIT

Sweet persimmons are in season; this non-astringent persimmon can be eaten crisp and firm. Select smooth, glossy, bright-coloured orange fruit. Like an apple, sweet persimmon is eaten firm and crisp. It does not soften with ripening and is non-astringent in taste.  Sweet persimmons are $1-$2 each, depending on size and quality. 

Picked ripe and ready to eat, sweet juicy grapes are in season and your local greengrocer has a fabulous supply of quality grapes. A lot of grapes are being sold in pre-packed kilo bags. Go seedless with Menindee green grapes, Red Crimson seedless or the new dark skinned and seedless Melody or Sapphire grapes are superb. Depending on your choice grapes are ranging from $4-$15 a kilo. 

Autumn signals an abundance of plump juicy plums at your greengrocer. Each plum variety has a different skin colour and flavour. Some are sweet and some are slightly tart. Be sure to try them all!  This quick and easy plum crumble is delicious for a weeknight dessert. Plums are $3-$10 a kilo for most with the Queen Garnet retailing at $12-$20 depending on size. 

New season Royal gala apples are a tasty, crunchy and a bargain buy at $3-$6 a kilo.  

With their sweet, tender and juicy flesh, pears are an autumn delight!  To ripen pears, leave at room temperature for 3-5 days.  Select from William and Packham pears are ranging from $2-$4 a kilo and Corella pears $3-$6. Serve pears poached, add wedges to salads or enjoy sliced pears with a low-fat cheese.   

Autumn is peak season for delicious plump, sweet figs. Easy to prepare - simply wash figs in cold water and pat dry with paper towel. No need to remove the skin. Add figs to salads both sweet and savoury or whip up a fig and grape cake. It’s moist, fruity and keeps well. Figs are $1-$3 each, depending on size. 

Available from late February to April, the Shepard avocado has smooth buttery, slightly nutty flavoured flesh. The green skin doesn’t change colour with ripening. Shepard avocados, unlike other varieties, have the advantage of not discolouring once cut. This quality makes them the perfect avocado for sandwiches, toast toppers and salads. Avocadoes are $2-$4 each.

VEGETABLES

There is an abundant supply of eggplant available in early autumn. Varying in size and skin colour. From Mauve, to purple and variegated stripy varieties. Eggplants should feel heavy for their size. Prices are ranging from $4-$7 a kilo. a kilo, depending on variety. New to the marketplace, stripy orange Turkish eggplant . You will find them at speciality greengrocers. 

Delicate flavoured zucchini is a versatile, no-fuss vegetable that requires minimal preparation. Simply wash in cold water before slicing, grating or chopping. Choose firm zucchini with glossy skin.  Store in the crisper in the fridge. Use with 3-4 days. Zucchini are $3-$6 a kilo. 

Delicate enoki mushrooms require minimal cooking. Cook them rapidly to retain their shape and flavour. Separate into small stem clusters and add just before serving to Asian-style chicken soup or braised mushrooms with soy sauce. Sold in 100g packets enoki mushrooms are only $3.50-$4 a packet. 

Baby carrots also known as Dutch carrots are sweet and tender.  Sold in bunches with their leafy tops still attached baby carrots are delicious and require little preparation another than a quick wash and a quick cook. No need to peel them. Dutch Carrots are $3-$4 a bunch. Glossy red, field grown capsicums are a thrifty buy at $4-$7 a kilo. 

A delightful array of Asian vegetables can be found at your local greengrocer. Add a delicious crunch and goodness to your stir-fries by adding a bunch of bok choy, choy sum or on choy.  Asian leafy greens are $1.50-$2.50 a bunch. 

Leafy Kale is packed full of nutrients with just one cup providing about 100% of your daily requirements of vitamins A,C & K. Use kale in similar way to English spinach. Kale is selling for $1.50-$3 a bunch.

FLOWERS

The best autumnal blooms include dahlia, sedum, veronica, trix, celosia, Easter daisies, lisianthus, celosia, pink ice protea, gladioli, David Austin roses, Billy buttonpineapple lily, Siam tulips, roses, tulips, chrysanthemums, hanging amaranth, tiger lily, carnations, nerine, gerberas, bouvardia or tuberoses. 

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 2018-03-20 10:01:00

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