Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
23 - 28 April 2019


FRUIT

FruitApples 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 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.

The flavour of a ripe, super soft persimmon has overtones of apricot and honey. Whilst the soft flesh can be turned in to ice-cream, a mouse or fool, the most popular way to savour this autumn favourite is to cut them in half and scoped out the flesh with a spoon. Persimmons are $2.50-$4 each.

Poached pears are simple to prepare. We adore the way they drink up their poaching syrup and how an unpretentious fruit can be a can transformed. Try poaching peeled and firm, elegant long-necked Buerru Bosc pear in a mixture of Pinot Noir, sugar, the rind of a lemon and orange, add a cinnamon stick, star anise and a split vanilla pod until just tender. Cool pears in the syrup and serve with ice-cream. Buerru Bosc pears, depending on the size are $2-$4 a kilo.

Australians enjoy around 70,000 tonnes of mandarins throughout the April-October local season. The first of the season's Imperial mandarins are harvested from the Gayndah area and this year’s imperial mandarin crop is sweet eating and excellent quality. Look after your health by enjoying vitamin C rich, new season mandarins from your local greengrocer for $3-$6 a kilo, depending on size.

Large round and pink skinned red globe grapes are a sweet eating and a good buy alternative Crimson seedless are super crunchy. Grapes prices are ranging from at $4-$6 a kilo.

They may have a rich, creamy texture, but bananas contain no fat at all. Bananas make an ideal snack or fancy dessert like this banana with salted caramel or a banana & caramel tart. Add bananas to muffins and cakes or shake up a delicious smoothie. This week bananas are $2.50-$3 a kilo.

VEGETABLES

VegetablesRosemary is the herb of remembrance and ANZAC day is the perfect time to enjoy this fragrant herb. It is delicious teamed with lamb, garlic, parmesan cheese, potatoes, yoghurt, chicken, pork and pumpkin. You will find bunches for $2-$3. Try these rosemary, garlic & parmesan potato wedges or rosemary, potato, tomato & lamb bake.

Crunchy fennel has an aniseed flavour, it can be eaten raw and is delicious roasted, braised or ideal for adding to chunky style veggie soups. For a quick side dish, pan-fry sliced fennel and onion in olive oil over medium-low heat until tender. Season and sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese and serve. Fennel is $1.50-$2 a bulb.

If the change of season has you craving comfort food, then look no further than nutritious and versatile potatoes. Perfect for creamy, mash potato and leek soup, potato gratin or Crunchy potatoes with cheddar cheese crumbs. Look for a 5-kilo bag of Brushed, large washed or Desiree spuds for $4-$6.

Autumn is chestnut time. Cut a cross 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 $6-$12 a kilo, depending on size and variety.

Economical, healthy and discreetly delicious, fresh celery is a staple vegetable that rarely the hero ingredient, yet when teamed with carrots and onions it creates a flavoursome base for soups, casseroles and stir-fries. The best way to store celery is to trim each bulb and place unwashed into a plastic container lidded with absorbent paper and keep refrigerated. Celery is $4-$5 a bunch, depending on size.

Nutritious broccoli is a family favourite that is delicious steam, stir-fried or process and added to a broccoli & sweetcorn buttermilk pancake. Broccoli prices have eased in the last week; expect to pay $4-$5 a kilo.

Versatile carrots are a thrifty buy and so versatile. Eat them raw as a snack, add them to salads, roast them or added grated carrot to a easy, orange, carrot and almond cake.

Tasmanian Cipollini onions (pronounced chip-oh-lee-knee) are a brown skinned onion with a flattened disc shape that are prized for their delicate yet extra sweet onion flavour. More often than not they are served whole and roasted, their flesh softening and becoming caramelised and extra sweet. Cipollini onions are $8-$10 a kilo.

Pumpkins golden flesh and natural sweetness offers so many possibilities. Team pumpkin with aromatic flavours like lemongrass, ginger and kaffir lime for a sweet Thai style curry or a soup. Roast with chopped sage and toss pumpkin through pasta, gnocchi or an autumn salad. At $1.50-$3 a kilo, pumpkins are good value.

Peppery flavoured watercress is a top salad green and only $2.50-$3 a bunch. For a quick salad, toss 3 cups watercress sprigs with 250g halved cherry tomatoes, 100g crumbled feta cheese and 225g can drained flaked tuna. Sprinkle with 2 thinly sliced green onions (shallots) and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and serve. Watercress is also delicious as a side vegetable sautéed.

FLOWERS

FlowersBrighten your home or put a smile on someone specials face with a beautiful bunch of dahlia, gloriosa, lily, celosia, sweet williams, aster, chrysanthemums, gladioli’s, celosia, scabiosa, tulips, roses, stock, kale, flamingo feathers, sweet pea, oriental lilies, delphinium and iris.

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, Retail Support Manager on tel 0438 725 453.



Published On 2019-04-23 15:45:00

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