Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
21 - 27 MARCH 2022


FRUIT

Fruit A lovely selection of just-picked apples is now available at your local greengrocer. Sweet and crunchy apples, each unique in flavour, look for Kanzi, Royal Gala, Mi, Rocket, Fuji and Granny Smith. Prices range from $3-$8 a kilo, depending on the variety.

Everyone loves bananas, smooth, creamy, and an excellent source of vitamin B6 and C. Did you know that one banana provides almost 30% of your daily vitamin C requirements? Bananas are a popular choice at $2-$4 a kilo.

Sweet persimmons season has started. Sweet persimmon, also known as Fuji fruit, looks like are persimmon; however, unlike traditional persimmon, they can be eaten hard and crisp. Their beautiful tangerine coloured flesh is a tasty addition to a salad or cheese board. Expect to pay $7-$14 a kilo, depending on size and quality.

Williams, Packham and Beurre Bosc pears are naturally delicious, and $3-5 a kilo, alternative Corella is also available for $3-$8 a kilo, depending on size. Pears team well with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, sage, cardamom, curry, orange, mint, coriander, watercress, and fennel team deliciously pears. Pears also make luscious desserts and baked goods like these moist pear and pecan muffins.

Pop a large bunch of your favourite grapes on the shopping list this week, the quality is superb, and grapes tremendously good value at $3-$15 a kilo, depending on the variety. Black Muscats, Sweet Celebration, White Globe, Sultana, or Flame seedless are popular choices.

Autumn is the peak season for fresh olives. Pickling olives is a labour of love and a long-held tradition for many communities and families. Green Spanish and Kalamata varieties are retailing at $20-$40 for 5-kilo boxes this week.

Figs are improving in quality and value.

Queensland grown, pink-fleshed ruby red grapefruit has a pleasantly tangy flavour and are sweeter than the yellow-fleshed grapefruit. The ruby reds are around $3-$5 a kilo. Try a glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice with your breakfast or add tangy to your autumn salads with attractive segments like this pink grapefruit, rocket and pine nut salad with chicken.

Picked ripe and bursting with natural sweetness, pineapples are deliciously sweet. Pop a pineapple in the cart for $3-$6 each, depending on the variety.

Available from late February to May, Shepard avocados have smooth, buttery and slightly nutty flavoured flesh. Unlike other varieties, its green skin doesn’t change colour with ripening. The Shepard does not discolour once cut, so it’s ideal for the school lunchbox in sandwiches, wraps and salads. Shepard ‘avo’s’ are top value at $1-$3 each.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Although pumpkins are available all year, in early autumn, pumpkins are plentiful and packed with flavour. Roast up a pumpkin to add to salads or make a tasty pot of pumpkin soup. It is always cheaper to buy a whole pumpkin with most varieties retailing at $1-$2 a kilo whole and up to $3 a kilo for a half or wedge.

Victoria brown onions are available at your local greengrocer for $1.50-$3 a kilo, depending on size. Brown onions are less pungent than white onions and ideal for adding sweet to savoury dishes, especially when cooked long and slow. Try this kumara and caramelised onion tortilla is delicious served hot or cold.

Roast chopped orange sweet potato (kumara) with red onion wedges in olive oil flavoured with cumin and coriander for 30 minutes or until tender; alternatively, mashed kumara is delicious and makes a vibrant coloured topping for a cottage pie. Serve with lamb or beef. Kumara is $2-$4 a kilo.

The savoury umami taste of mushrooms adds depth of flavour to simply homecooked meals. Hidden beneath its creamy white dome is a powerhouse of goodness, including vitamin D, B vitamins, and antioxidants. Fill a paper bag with mushrooms to enjoy for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Mushrooms are $10-$12 a kilo.

Harvesting of the 2022 chestnuts is underway. Three-quarters of the Aussie chestnut crops are grown in north-east Victoria around Stanley, Myrtleford, Bright and Wandiligong. When buying chestnuts, look for firm, large chestnuts. Store them in the refrigerator, in a partially closed container or perforated plastic bag to prevent drying out. To enjoy chestnuts at their best quality use within ten days of purchasing. Chestnuts are available for $6 -$15 a kilo.

Highly nutritious broccolini is a superb choice for winter. The crunchy stem and the mini broccoli-like top is all edible. Pick up a bunch or two on broccolini for $2.50-$4. Broccolini is delicious in the fragrant green vegetable & salmon curry.

The old saying ‘carrots help you see in the dark’ is true due to their high beta carotene content, which the body converts to vitamin A, essential for eye health. Sweet and highly coloured carrots are a bargain at $1.50-$2.50 for a kilo bag or buy them loose for $2.50-$3 a kilo.

Creamy mashed potatoes are a family favourite, and so delicious served with a casserole or sausages. Look for specials on 5-kilo bags of brushed potatoes for $6-$8. Sold loose Desiree, washed or brushed potatoes are $3-$4 a kilo.

Most green vegetables are still in short supply due to the flooding or excessive rain in major growing areas. This has seen prices increase unseasonably.

FLOWERS

Flowers There is a superb selection of fresh-cut flowers available this week, including sunflowers, tulips, fragrant roses, dahlia, bird of paradise, snapdragons, oriental lilies, daisy chrysanthemum, asters, protea and Easter daisies.




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, tel 0438 725 453


Published On 2022-03-21 12:37:00

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