Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
20 to 26 April 2020

Market Report Podcast on 2GB

Tune in to discover what's in season at your local greengrocer as Sue Dodd shares tips, hints and cooking ideas for this week’s fresh fruit and veggie best buys with Michael McLaren on 2GB's Wake Up Australia program.


FruitThere is a fabulous selection of quality grapes to enjoy this week, including, Crimson seedless, Red Globe, Thompson seedless, Sapphire and Sultana grapes. Depending on variety most grapes are retailing at $3-$12 a kilo.

Soft and sweet eating persimmons are a seasonal fruit available from April to July. The flavour of a ripe, super soft persimmon has overtones of apricot and honey. Persimmons are ready to eat when the flesh is soft, gooey and resembling apricot jam. Persimmons team well with yoghurt, custard, sponge, honey, cinnamon. Expect to pay $4-$12 a kilo). Get to know persimmons.

Take home or get delivered a few quinces this week for $3-$4 a kilo. You will be seduced by quinces musky perfume as they sit in your fruit bowl, waiting to be poached or baked. Quinces are complemented by flavourings like cinnamon, vanilla, honey, almonds, red wine, cream or star anise.

A favourite addition to classic rices and couscous dishes of the Middle East and in ground meat dishes of India and Pakistan pomegranates add sweetness and something special to a dish. The Australian season has started and the quality is excellent, expect to pay $2-$4 each. Whip a super tasty fennel, lemon & prawn risotto with rocket.

Cook up a scrumptious dessert with pears while they are such good value. Williams, Packham and Buerru Bosc pears are a bargain at $2-$4 a kilo. Corella pears are $3-$7 a kilo, depending on size. This pear pear gingerbread cake is easy to make and tastes divine.

Apples are an ideal snack food, but they also add sweetness to salads, are superb roasted to serve with pork or core unpeel apples and fill with nuts and dried fruits and then bake with a squeeze of orange juice and maple syrup. With ten different varieties currently available, it’s time to taste-test them all. Apples are ranging in price from $3-$8 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

Australians mandarins are available throughout the April-October. The first of the season's Imperial mandarins are harvested from the Gayndah region in QLD. Look after your health by enjoying vitamin C rich, new season mandarins from your local greengrocer for $4-$6 a kilo, depending on size.

They may have a rich, creamy texture, but bananas contain no fat at all. Bananas make an ideal snack, smoothie or fancy dessert. Banana is perfect for serving with pancakes. This week bananas are $3-$4 a kilo. This frozen banana, avocado & cacoa super smoothie is a nutritious and filling.

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. Seedless limes have distinct lime flavour with less acidity than a lemon. For a quick lime & chilli salad dressing, combine ¼ cup lime juice, ¼ cup sweet chili sauce, 1 tbs fish sauce and 1 tbs caster sugar in a screw-top jar, shake until well combined and serve.

Looking for something new to try this week? Then ask your greengrocer for papples. This juicy new star is a pear dressed as an apple. Developed in New Zealand and now grown in Victoria, this round fruit is a cross between the Asian and European pear varieties. Crisp and juicy like a nashi pear, the papple is deliciously sweet and low in acid. It fully ripens on the tree but has a long shelf life and keeps well. It’s best stored in the fridge.

Munch on a seasonal salad brimming with veggies and creamy Shepard avocado. This thin-skinned pear-shaped avocado is a thrifty buy right now at $1.50-$3 each. The season for Shepard avocados will finish around the end of April with the Hass variety increasing in supply.


VegetablesSweet potatoes are a tuberous root vegetable rather than a true potato. Sweet potatoes are low GI therefore slow to digest. They are also very nutritious, providing vitamins A, C and B6, dietary fibre, potassium, folate, niacin and calcium. Kumara/orange sweet potato is a favourite, it has burnt orange skin and sweet bright orange flesh are perfect for roasting, mashing or boiling. Store sweet potatoes in a cool, dark and ventilated area (not in a plastic bag) for up to a few weeks. Gently scrub or peel before cooking. Kumara is $3-$4 a kilo.

The humble choko is back in vogue. A favoured garden staple of yesteryear, the choko is full of potential. The firm flesh becomes tender once cooked and absorbs flavour. Choko teams brilliantly with robust curries, spicy stir-fries, creamy blended soups and buttery potato mash. Store in the fridge for up to 2–3 weeks. The skin is firm so use a sharp knife to remove it. Halve and scoop out the seed then chop or slice as you wish. Check out our recipe for choko, cabbage & chicken laksa stir-fry.

As the evenings become cooler cauliflower will flourish and supplies will increase. Cauliflowers creamy white florets provide a healthy alternative to rice. Serve cauliflower with Indian curries or dahl, use instead of couscous, or simply serve it as a side dish with roasted vegetables, chicken or meat. Caulies are $3.50-$4 each.

Autumn is chestnut time. Cut a cross X in each chestnut, then roast for 20 minutes in a hot oven, remove from the oven, cool slightly and peel will still warm. Toss roasted and peeled chestnuts with Brussels sprouts for a tasty side dish, with roasted vegetable or through a salad. Chestnuts are $7-$15 a kilo, depending on size and variety.

Victoria grown fennel is white, crisp, flavoursome and super value at $1.50-$2.50 a bulb. Delicious served shredded in an autumn salad like this fennel, feta and pomegranate salad or whip up a tasty Watercress, green apple & smoked salmon salad.

Lebanese cucumbers are a choice buy this week at $3-$4 a kilo. Homemade tzatziki is the best. Try this quick and easy recipe.

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 choy sum or pak choy. Asian greens are $2-$2.50 a bunch. Here’s our pick for a quick midweek meal Asian greens, seed & tofu stir-fry.

Victorian grown Brussels sprouts are a fabulous buy at $4-$6 a kilo. Shred Brussels sprouts and add them to a stir-fry.

Chinese cabbage (also known as Wombok) is mild in flavour with pale elongated green leaves. Toss sliced chicken in a hot wok with a little oil, garlic and green onions until almost cooked through. Add shredded cabbage and kecap manis and stir-fry until leaves just wilt, toss through fried noodles and serve. Wombok is versatile, flavoursome and good value at $3-$4 a head.

Broccolini are both a thrifty buy this week at $2.50-$3 a bunch. Toss broccolini with pancetta & almonds for extra flavour.

Crisp Iceberg lettuces are $2-$3 a head. Perfect for making lettuce cups to serve with San Choy Bau or Vietnamese chilli chicken salad.

Fennel is a versatile and thrifty buy from your local greengrocer. Its delicate aniseed flavour is superb teamed with seafood, pork, chicken, lamb, tomato and citrus. At $1.50-$2 a bulb its worth popping a few in the shopping basket.

Rosemary is the herb of remembrance, so with ANZAC Day on Saturday 25th April, it’s the perfect time to make the most of this fragrant herb and plan on adding it to a special dish. Checkout our 11 ways to enjoy rosemary.


FlowersAutumn blooms are flourishing and your local florist has a stunning array of fresh flowers including dahlias, chrysanthemums, gerberas, zinnia, banksia, sunflowers, hydrangea, stock and snap dragon, silver dollar gum, bouvardia, bird of paradise, celosia, hyacinth, tulips, stock, flowering gum, gum nuts, asters and or the natives looking particularly good. If you’re working from home, there has never been a better time to enjoy flowers on your desk.

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, Marketing Consultant on 0438 725 453.

Published On 2020-04-20 22:59:00

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