Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
20 - 26 August 2018


FRUIT

Fresh, firm and ruby coloured rhubarb is quick and easy to prepare. Whilst always needing a good sprinkle of sugar it also is delightful stewed with strawberries, apples or pears. Enjoy a bunch this week for $3-$4.

Large, plump, highly coloured strawberries are a real treat. Be sure to pick up a punnet this week as they are loaded with flavour and only $1-$4 a punnet. Perfect for making Quick Strawberry Tarts.

Select plump blood oranges with ruby-red blush on the skin. Rich skin colour indicates the fruit has full ‘blood’ coloured flesh. Fruit should feel heavy for its size. Expect to pay up to $3-$5 a kilo, depending on size and quality.

Early supplies of Kensington Pride mangoes from the Northern Territory are a bargain at $4-$7 each. These Mango muffins are a real treat.

There are still good supplies of avocadoes coming through. Hass avocadoes are retailing for $1-$4 each, depending on size and quality. Did you know avocados contain 14 vitamins and minerals including vitamins B1, B2, B3, C and E and even though they have a creamy texture, avocadoes provide valuable fibre? These Green veggie, avocado & egg bowls are packed with goodness and great for breakfast, brunch or a light weeknight dinner.

Apples remain plentiful, with late season varieties like Sundowners and Braeburns, now available along with Pink Lady, Granny Smith and Royal Galas. Your local greengrocer is selling at apples for $3-$7 a kilo, depending on variety, size and quality.

Versatile pears are packed with flavour and make the perfect snack, easy dessert or make a perfect addition to a late winter salad. Team slices of juicy pear with a creamy blue cheese and toss through, shaved fennel and radicchio and toasted walnuts. It’s a classic salad that is quick and easy to make and works so well using Packham or Buerru bosc pear both are selling for $3-$4 a kilo.

VEGETABLES

The delicate aniseed flavour and crunchy texture of fennel complements fish, chicken, lamb, pears and citrus. For a quick entrée or salad, combine shredded fennel with shaved parmesan, crisp slices of pear and watercress. At $1-$2 a bulb fennel is a great buy.

Crisp, snow peas for Gympie are super fresh and require minimal cooking. Steam, microwave or stir fry for a few minutes to retain a slight crunch. Enjoy them finely shredded in a salad or cook for a short time ensuring they are served with a little crunch. Handpicked snow peas are $4-$7 a kilo.

Celery adds crunch, colour and flavour to stir-fries and salads. Consider serving this versatile vegetable as a side dish simply toss chopped celery into a hot wok and stir-fry with in chilli, garlic and ginger. Celery is $2-$4 a bunch, depending on the bunch size.

Mild tasting and versatile wombok (also known as Chinese cabbage) are ideal to serve finely shredding and added to a salad or toss through a stir-fry just before serving to just wilt the leaves. Wombok is $2-$4 a bunch.

A unique and delicious tasting vegetable, the globe artichoke has always been regarded as a delicacy. Artichokes may look tricky and difficult to tackle when you first confront them, but they are really easy to prepare. Early varieties are $1-$2 each.

Toss a few bunches of Asian leafy greens into a steamer this week they are great value, quick to cook and nutritious. Bok choy, pak choy, choy sum and gai lum are selling for $1-$1.50 a bunch.

Salad tomatoes from Bowen and Bundaberg are retailing $3-$4 a kilo. If you are looking for a tomato with extra flavour than try the Marmande tomatoes, this classic beefsteak variety produces ribbed fruit with a full flavoured and is ideal for salads and cooking, definitely worth a try at $10 a kilo, the flavour and texture are delicious.

Early supplies of Australian grown asparagus are now available at your local greengrocer. Imported asparagus from Peru is also available. This week asparagus will be retailing at $2-$3 a bunch with prices expected to drop over the next month, as the harvest is in full swing.

A large crisp heads of Cos lettuce are selling for $2-$3 depending on the quality and growing area. Use the crunchy leaves to serve a tasty San Choy Bow or toss together a classic Caesar salad.

The time is ripe for South Australian grown potatoes. Desiree potatoes sold in 5 kilo bags are a money saver at $3-$6 or try the 1 kilo bags of washed potatoes at $2-$3.

FLOWERS

There is marvellous selection of gorgeous spring flowers available this week at great prices this week. Don’t forget that 26 August is Daffodil Day. Your local florist will also have fragrant field freesias, peirus, jonquils, high perfumed daphne, colourful ranunculus, stock, iris’s are long stemmed and top quality, locally grown lavender, tiger lilies, poppies, anemone, protea, hellebores, Kangaroo paws, flannel flowers, Geraldton wax, tulips, roses and violets.



Published On 2018-08-21 15:35:00

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