Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
23 - 28 July 2018


VEGETABLES

Creamy mashed potatoes are a family favourite and delicious served with a winter casserole. Look for specials on 5 kilo bags of brushed potatoes for $4-$6.

The natural goodness of cabbage shines in winter. Sautéed, steamed or tossed in a hot wok, these easy-to-prepare vegetables require minimum cooking. Expect to pay $2.00-$3 a head. Warm up with braised cabbage with chorizo & creamy mashed potatoes.

Cauliflowers are a thrifty buy again this week at $3-$4 a head, enjoy cauliflower roasted, grate to make cauliflower couscous or cook and puree and serve as a mashed potato substitute, this tip s especially good for a low kilojoule meal option. Serve up a cauliflower mac ’n cheese.

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

Red and green capsicums prices are back a little this week to $3-$6 a kilo. Red capsicums are the sweetest eating. Add capsicum to pizza toppings, salads, stir fries, char-grill or stuff with a meat and vegetable filling and bake until tender.

Top quality globe artichokes are now in season and selling for $2-$2.50 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.

Large sized zucchinis are a good buy at $3-$5 a kilo.

Mild sweeter tasting leeks are ideal for flavouring casseroles, soups and egg-based dishes such as quiche and frittata. Leeks are $1.00-$2 each depending on size.

FRUIT

Blood oranges are ultra-juicy and have a 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 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 or combine finely grated lemon rind with finely chopped flat-leaf parsley and crushed garlic in a gremolata to sprinkle over crumbed lamb cutlets or osso bucco.

Leave firm unripe Hass avocados to ripen at room temperature. They’re ready to eat when they yield to gentle pressure at the stem end. 5 top ways to add avocado to your diet this week. Hass avocados are $1.50-$3 each.

Looking for a low kilojoules snack, then you can’t go passed Aussie apples. Granny Smith are a crunchy and delicious apple perfect for cooking with or eating out of hand. This super easy Granny Smith Apple Tart is perfect dessert to serve to family and friends. Granny Smith $2-$4 a kilo.

Rhubarb is in good supply and selling for $3-$4 a bunch. Stew chopped rhubarb with strawberries, a little caster sugar and the juice of a blood orange. To serve, layer vanilla yoghurt and the cooked rhubarb mixture into serving glasses.

There are good supplies of passionfruit, particularly the Panama passionfruit this week retailing a 80¢-$1 each. Team passionfruit with pears in this Roasted pears with passionfruit & honey.

Pears are plentiful and good buying at $2-$4 a kilo. Thinly slice firm pears and add to a salad with rocket and parmesan cheese or poach pears for a quick dessert.

FLOWERS

"I must have flowers, always, and always." - Claude Monet. This week we can enjoy, tulips, stock, hyacinths, Geraldton wax, blossom, kale, snap dragons, allium, asters, rose lily, poppies, lavender, sea holly, jonquil paper daisy, wattle sunflower, bud Magnolia and freesia and so much more.

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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 2018-07-23 15:35:00

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