Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
20 to 26 July 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.

VEGETABLES

FruitSweetest eating red capsicums are $4-$6 a kilo and green capsicums remain a top buy at $3-$4 a kilo. Add capsicum to pizza toppings, salads, stir-fries, char-grill or stuff with a meat and vegetable filling and bake until tender.

Cauliflowers are a thrifty buy again this week at $3.50-$4 a head, enjoy cauliflower roasted, grate to make cauliflower couscous or cook and puree and serve as a mashed potato substitute, this tip is especially useful for a low kilojoule meal option. On trend, this whole roasted spiced cauliflower with tahini yoghurt & pomegranate is delicious and makes a real statement when served at the table. 

Super nutritious and versatile broccoli from Victoria and Queensland is a bargain at $3-$5 a kilo. Whip a batch of these delicious oven baked Broccoli & cheese fritters

Top-quality globe artichokes are now in season and selling for $2.50-$3 each. Boil trimmed globe artichokes until tender, then, slice and combine with diced tomatoes, baby bocconcini, parsley, pepper and olive oil to serve with crusty bread. Master the art of cooking artichokes, with this simple recipe, Globe artichokes with prosciutto

Zucchinis are a good buy, depending on size zucchinis are $4-$6 a kilo. 

Mild sweeter tasting leeks are ideal for flavouring casseroles, soups and egg-based dishes such as quiche and frittata. Leeks are $2.50-$2 each depending on size. 

Ultra-healthy and super tasty Brussels sprouts are in season retailing for $7-$8 a kilo. Select Brussels sprouts that are a similar size to ensure that all Brussels sprouts cook in the same amount of time.

FRUIT

VegetablesQueensland strawberries are plentiful have great colour and flavour. Spoon stewed or microwaved strawberries onto porridge for breakfast or dip in chocolate for a special treat. Strawberries are ranging from $3-$6 a punnet, local greengrocer are offering multi buy specials.

Stock up on blueberries, they are so tasty, healthy and a bargain at $3-$4 a punnet, depending on berry size. 

Blood oranges are ultra-juicy and have sweet raspberry coloured juice. Select plump fruit with ruby-red tinged skin. Rich skin colour indicates the fruit has full ‘blood’ coloured flesh. Fruit should feel heavy for its size and have a firm skin. Blood oranges are selling for $4-$6 a kilo, depending on size and quality. This fennel and blood orange salad is scrumptious and easy to make.

Versatile lemons are $3-$6 a kilo. Lemon juice, drizzles over a tomato-based casserole or soups just before serving enlivens the flavours.  Add a strip of lemon rind and lemon juice to sugar syrups for poaching apples, pears and quinces. Use finely grated lemon rind mixed with finely chopped flat-leaf parsley and crushed garlic in a gremolata to sprinkle over crumbed lamb cutlets or osso bucco.

Rhubarb is in good supply and selling for $4-$4 a bunch. Stew chopped rhubarb with strawberries, a little caster sugar and the juice of one blood orange. To serve, layer vanilla yoghurt and the cooked rhubarb mixture into serving glasses. 

There are good supplies of passionfruit, this week retailing a 70¢ -80¢ each. See your local greengrocer for multi-buy specials like six passionfruit for $4.  Team passionfruit with pears in this Roasted pears with passionfruit & honey.

Beurre Bosc pears are plentiful and good value at $3-$6 a kilo. Thinly slice firm pears and add to a salad with rocket and parmesan cheese or poach pears for a quick dessert.

Add tangy, mandarin segment to a radicchio leave salad, dress with a combination of mandarin juice, Dijon mustard, honey and olive oil. Mandarin segments add a unique flavor to a winter fruit salad. Mandarins depending on variety are $4-$6 a kilo.

Quality Hass avocados are super value at $2-$4 each, depending on size. Their creamy texture and smooth-nutty flavour teams deliciously with tomatoes, ham, prosciutto, green onions, lemon and pepper.  Team avocado with citrus and fennel in a winter salad or serve avocados with chilli con carne.

Nothing is more alluring than the warming aroma of cooking with apples. When stewed together, with a little sugar, apples are ideal for pie fillings, serve with your porridge for breakfast, or swirl through natural yoghurt, or serve with ice cream or team apples and rhubarb for a delicious dessert. Granny Smith and Golden Delicious are top cooking apples. Then it comes to eating apples Red Fuji and Pink Lady apples are then pick of the crop this week, expect to pay $4-$6 a kilo, depending on size.

FLOWERS

FlowersYour local florist will have a fantastic range of quality winter blooms is store this week. Check out the Tiger lilies, mini gerberas, tulips, iris, daffodil, jonquils, poppies, sweet peas, and freesia. Remember to keep flowers away from room heater and fruit bowls, and change the water regularly to maximise the quality of your blooms.


Published On 2020-07-20 15:41:00

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