Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
22 - 28 MARCH 2021


FRUIT

Fruit 60% of Australian households purchase fresh pears, and new season Williams, Buerre Bosc, Corella and Packham pear are all in-season. The vast majority of fresh pears are grown in Victoria, in the Goulburn Valley region, followed by The Gippsland and Yarra Valley. Harvesting typically occurs between February and April. This week your local greengrocer will have pears ranging in price $3-$6 a kilo, depending on size and variety.

Ranging in colour from apricots to a rich reddish-orange, honey-sweet, firm and crunchy, Queensland grown, sweet persimmons are in season at your local greengrocer. Some types sold by its varietal name Fuyu, this variety of persimmon, is non-astringent, which means they are picked ripe and ready to eat, depending on size they are 70c to $3 each, depending on the quality and size.

Exquisite Tasmanian raspberries are a delicious treat $2.50-$4 a punnet.

Australians love their apples, with 89% of Australian households purchased apples, buying an average of 890 g each shopping trip. Seasonally you can now enjoy ten varieties. Fuji, Jonathon, Royal Gala, Redlove, Mi, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Kanzi, Red Delicious and Rocket varieties. So what variety will you be crunching into this week? Apples are $3-$8 a kilo, depending on the size and type.

In early autumn, smooth-skinned Shepard avocados generally come from Queensland's Atherton Tablelands, Bundaberg and Childers areas. Ultra-nutritious, avocados contain 14 vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B1, B2, B3, C and E, and even though they have a creamy texture, avocados provide valuable fibre. Shepard avocados are $2-$4 each.

Quince season is here. Large, elongated and highly aromatic Smyrna quince are an autumn treat. Peel, halve and core quinces, top halves with butter, honey and a pinch of cinnamon and wrap in foil and bake in a moderate oven for 1 hour; this dessert is worth the wait. Quinces are retailing for $6-$7 a kilo.

Start your day by adding healthy diced kiwifruit to your favourite breakfast cereal. Add an Australian grown green kiwifruit for $7-$12 a kilo. Kiwifruits are easy to prepare and rich in vitamins.

Versatile and juicy, lemons are plentiful and available this week for $2-$5 a kilo. Lemon juice enhancers this tasty potato dish lemon, mint and feta potatoes.

Make the most of autumn plums. Delicious stewed plums combine sweetly with granny smith apples, add a bit of sugar, top with a crumble mixture or serve cold with honey yoghurt. Try this with Teagan Blue, October Sun, September Candy, Black Amber and Queen Garnet varieties. Plums are $3-$12 a kilo, depending on the variety and size.

Pomegranates are beautiful, delicious and antioxidant-rich. Add colour and sweetness to an autumn salad with a generous sprinkle of pomegranates arils; they team delicious with oranges, rocket, feta, rice, lentils, beetroot, quinoa, rhubarb, pear and lamb. Depending on size, pomegranates are $3-$6 each.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Don't forget the carrots for using in salads, soups, roasting, mashing, casseroles and stir-fries. A one-kilo bag is a thrifty purchase at $1-$2; alternatively, larger-sized premium carrots are $2-$2.50 a kilo. We added grated carrots into this veggie smuggler cake to boost the natural sweetness and fibre, and it's so delicious.

Warm-up with versatile Jap pumpkin. Pumpkin is a multi-purpose veggie used in soup, gnocchi, bread, sweet tarts and pies, or comfort foods like roasted wedges with garlic or served pumpkin masked. Jap pumpkins are 50c-$2 a kilo, depending on whether you purchase a pumpkin cut and whole.

Fresh chestnuts are a taste sensation. While most nuts contain 50% fat, chestnuts only have 2.7% fat. Before roasting chestnuts, cut a cross in the outer shell. Place chestnuts in a tray and cook at 200o oven for 15-20 minutes or until shell splits. Large quality chestnuts are $7-$15 a kilo. Add chestnuts to salads; toss with steamed beans, Brussel sprouts or broccolini or jazz up a San Choy Boi with chopped cooked chestnuts.

Warm-up with immune-boosting kumara it is packed with vitamins and fibre. Roasted kumara is delicious. Toss chopped orange sweet potato (kumara) with red onion wedges in olive oil flavoured with cumin and coriander; bake for 30 minutes or until tender. Kumara is $2-$4 a kilo.

Sweet by name and sweet by nature; sweetcorn is a choice buy at $1.50-$2 per cob; prices are up due to the flooding in the Hawkesbury and increased demand.

Celery is a versatile vegetable that lends its unique flavour to winter soups, sauces, stir-fries and risottos. Celery is a thrifty purchase at $2-$4 a bunch (bunches vary in size).

Brown onions are a thrifty buy at $2-$3 a kilo. Brown onions are less pungent than white onions and ideal for making a sweet and aromatic French onion soup, and fabulous for adding depth of flavour to a casserole. Serve with crusty bread for a quick meal.

Brussels sprouts are delicious and filled with healthy goodness and a top buy at $7-$10 a kilo. Select compact Brussels sprouts about the size of a ping-pong ball with leaves that are firm, bright green and fresh-looking without signs of yellowing. Partner Brussels sprouts with carrots and cauliflower in this recipe for honey-spiced roasted veggies.

For a quick salad, toss warm roasted beetroot with baby spinach leaves and crumbled goats cheese, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and serve. Roasted Beetroot Soup has the most amazing rich colour and is rich in flavour. The purple pigments in beetroot, known as anthocyanins may act as antioxidants. Beetroot is a top buy at $2.50-$3 a bunch.

If you enjoy mushrooms, and let's face it, who doesn't? Autumn is the perfect time to use mushrooms with other seasonal favourites, like chestnuts, pumpkin, leeks or Asian leafy greens. Team with jumbo flats or mild flavoured buttons in omelettes, sauté sliced mushrooms over crisp toasted and top with a poached egg. Button, cups and flat mushrooms are $7-$12 a kilo.

FLOWERS

Flowers Your local florist will have a delightful array of seasonal flowers, including gladioli, Easter daisies, veronica, pink ice protea, bachelor button, Siam tulips, roses, tulips, chrysanthemums, hanging amaranth, lisianthus, dahlia, feather or flamingo celosia, oriental lilies, sedum, sunflowers, hydrangea, smoke bush, tiger lily, rosella, carnations, gerberas, bouvardia and lotus pods.



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 2021-03-22 11:48:00

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