Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
2 to 8 March 2020


VEGETABLES

VegetablesVibrant eggplant comes in many shapes and sizes. So versatile, this mild-tasting veggie is the perfect addition to a variety of hot and cold autumn dishes because it readily absorbs flavour and becomes very tender once cooked. Eggplant is delicious any way you try it – barbecued, roasted, grilled or fried. Eggplants are $3-$7 a kilo.

Victorian grown broccolini supplies are picking up. Select broccolini with compact buds and firm stems. Broccolini is fabulous value at $2-$3 a bunch. This char-grilled broccolini with tahini chicken is delicious.

Carrots are very tasty at the moment and good value at $1.50-$3 for a kilo bag and up to $2.50 for larger carrots, sold loose. Microwave sliced carrots in a drizzle of honey and a little butter until tender.

Slender, fleshy and dark green snake beans are tender, mild-flavoured and versatile. Snake beans are at their peak freshness and value early autumn and selling for $2.50-$3 a bunch.

Add the delicious taste and delightful crunch of snow peas to stir-fries and autumn salads. Snows peas are a thrifty buy at $10-$14 a kilo. The best eating snow peas are firm and flat and have no bulging peas.

Sweetcorn is picked at peak sweetness for optimal taste. The natural sugars in sweetcorn quickly convert to starch after harvesting, so eat within a day of purchase for maximum flavour. Refrigerate sweetcorn cobs with the husks on in a plastic container or bag. Cook the cobs whole or slice off the kernels for use in fritters, croquettes or salads. Corn is 70¢-$1 a cob.

The alluring aroma of fresh caramelising onions is guaranteed to please. Barbecues are not complete without onions served with snags or steak sandwiches. Grab a kilo of brown onions for $1.50-$3 a kilo and red onions $2-$4.

Okra also known as Lady’s Fingers are a green furry pod that is used in soups, casseroles, curries and are delicious then battered and deep-fried. Trim 500g okra and cook in boiling water for 5 minutes. Okra is $7-$10 a kilo.

FRUIT

FruitEnticing new-season Royal Gala and Delicious apples are super crisp and tasty. Bite into a new season apple for $3-$8 a kilo depending on variety and size.

New-season Australian grown pomegranates are increasingly being recognised as a rich source of antioxidants and adored for their dynamic ruby coloured nectar and arils. Pomegranates are in season and only $3-$6 each. Sprinkle them over an Autumn salad for sweetness, crunch and a vitamin C boost.

Smooth and creamy Queensland bananas are a thrifty buy at $3-$5 a kilo.

Flavoursome Williams' pears are a top buy at $2-$4 a kilo. Roasted pears are a superb accompaniment to roast pork and combine deliciously with parsnips. Remember that pears continue to ripen are harvesting so select firm, mature pears and ripen at room temperature. If poaching or roasting pears, use firm pears for the best result.

With their signature sweetness and tender flesh, plump luscious figs offer great value in autumn at 50¢ - $3 each, depending on variety and size. Handle figs with care as they bruise easily. Simply rinse figs in cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. There is no need to peel. Slice figs as desired. Three tasty ways to enjoy fresh figs.

  1. Team quartered figs with fresh mozzarella cheese, rocket and prosciutto on a platter with baguette bread.
  2. Top bircher muesli or crunchy granola with Greek-style yoghurt, sliced figs, flaked almonds and a drizzle of honey.
  3. Lightly dip halved figs in caster sugar and quickly pan-fry, serve warm with chopped roasted hazelnuts, vanilla ice-cream and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Picked ripe and ready to eat, sweet juicy grapes are in bumper supply at the greengrocer. The green Thompson Seedless variety is a juicy favourite. Other seedless varieties include the oval-shaped pale green Menindee Seedless, Ivory, Ralli, pinkish-red Crimson Seedless and darker and rounder pink Red Globe grapes. Sultana, Black Muscat, Sapphire grapes and the Cotton Candy variety are also available. Depending on your choice grapes are available for $3-$15 a kilo.

Be adventurous and try prickly pear. These thorny members of the cacti family have a juicy, mildly sweet flesh with edible seeds. Wear gloves or hold the fruit with tongs when handling. Peel and slice fruit, sprinkle with brown sugar and serve with cream. At $6-$8 a kilo, they are worth trying at least once.

Kiwiberries are the size of a large grape, green in colour and smooth-skinned. Vibrant green fleshed with a typical tiny black seed pattern. Kiwiberries are sweet eating Try some thins week for while they are $3-$4 a punnet.

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 Queen Garnets retailing at $12-$15 depending on size.

Vivid green limes add a citrusy zing to drinks, marinades, sauces and salad dressings. A key ingredient in Asian and Mexican dishes, limes team perfectly with avocado, coriander, mint, chilli, chicken, seafood and pork. Limes are $3-$5 a kilo.

Late season peaches and nectarines are delicious eating. Depending on variety and size fruit is retailing for $3-$7 a kilo at your local greengrocer.

FLOWERS

FlowersWhat’s in season the first week on Autumn? Chocolate and green pineapple lily, sedum, local roses, lisianthus, bachelor buttons, dahlia, asters tulips, snowberry, flowering ginger, gum nuts, celosia, beehive ginger, sunflowers, kale, hydrangea, chrysanthemums, hanging amaranth, dancing lady, pepper bush, and tiger lily.

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 2020-03-02 17:25:00

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