Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
23 - 29 MAY 2022


FRUIT

Fruit Make the most of lemons using the juice and rind to embellish your meals. Cold weather cooking is the perfect time to combine finely grated lemon rind, finely chopped flat-leaf parsley and crushed garlic to make a gremolata. This classic blend is delicious sprinkled over crumbed lamb cutlets, Osso Bucco or added to cooked pasta. Lemons are selling for $3-$6 a kilo.

Wonderfully versatile pears work well with sweet and savoury flavours. Toss thin slices for a firm pear with watercress, fennel, toasted walnuts, and creamy blue cheese for a tasty salad. Most pears are selling for $2.50-$4.50 a kilo.

Both green, gold and red kiwi fruit are now in season. The green fleshed kiwifruit retails at $5-$8 a kilo, gold, and red kiwifruit in a 600g tray is $7-$10.

Navel oranges are characterised by their vibrant orange colour and little belly button-like dimple on their base. These juicy oranges have virtually no seeds, sweet dense flesh and are easy to peel and naturally nourish your body with beneficial vitamin C. South Australian Navels are retailing at $2-$5 a kilo, depending on size.

There are so many delicious apples available at your local greengrocer; Bravo apples stand out this week; these apples have a rich burgundy coloured skin and a crisp texture and distinct sweetness. Your local greengrocer will have an extensive range of Aussie grown apples, most retail for $3-$10 a kilo.

Honey-sweet with a delightful crunchy texture, sweet persimmons are delicious added to an autumn salad. Assemble rocket leaves, sliced persimmon, pomegranate, and toasted hazelnuts and toss in a dressing made with lime juice and olive oil. Persimmons are $5-$10 a kilo, depending on size.

The soft, white pulp of custard apples is deliciously sweet. Scoop out the flesh with a spoon, discard seeds and enjoy as a snack or combine with citrus or passionfruit for an easy dessert. These custard apple and raspberry crumb muffins are delicious and so easy to make. Custard apples are around $6-$9 each, depending on size.

Hass avocados are $2.50-$3 each, depending on size. Did you know avocados contain 14 vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B1, B2, B3, C and E, and even though they have a creamy texture, avocadoes provide valuable fibre? These Green veggie, avocado and egg bowls are packed with goodness and great for breakfast, brunch, or a light weeknight dinner.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Broccolini is a thrifty buy at $2.50-$4 a bunch. Try purple broccolini for something a little different, available for $3-$3.50 a bunch. Purple broccolini contains higher contents of antioxidant compounds compared with green broccoli, so it is best to cook it quickly to avoid nutrient loss.

Good quality all-purpose brushed potatoes from Hillston and Griffith are good quality and ideal for roasting or a big bowl of creamy mash potatoes. Buy in bulk to save; 2-kilo bags are $3-$5 a kilo.

Add a bunch of crunchy and versatile Victorian grown celery to your shopping list this week; prices have come back to $3-$4 a bunch, depending on size.

Fennel is in season and selling for $1.50-$2 a bulb. This crisp, bulb vegetable has a delicate aniseed flavour and is a superb addition to soups, chicken casseroles, salads and hot and spicy curries as it imparts a refreshing coolness.

Golden fleshed pumpkin has a nutty, sweet flavour that intensifies on cooking. Autumn and winter dishes are made healthier and tastier with pumpkin. Delicious mashed, roasted, steamed, or stir-fried. Pumpkins are plentiful and offer good value; pumpkins sold whole will retail for $2-$3 a kilo, depending on the variety.

Cavolo Nero (also known as Tuscan cabbage) Brimming with goodness, deep green Cavolo Nero is rich in antioxidants. Sauté this robust leafy green with olive oil and garlic, add to casseroles, chunky vegetable soups and stir-fries. You can pick up a bunch for $4-$5.

Carrots are a thrifty and versatile veggie that is delicious and enjoyed raw or cooked. This flavoursome healthy salad is a mid-week winner Carrot, tomato and chicken quinoa salad or if this week's cooler weather has you craving something a bit heartier than this Mexican carrot, jalapeno and black bean soup. Is delicious. Carrots are $2-$3 a kilo.

Having cooked and peeled chestnuts in the freezer is a tasty and easy way to add a flavour boost to autumn soups, roasts, and salads. Use them as you would chickpeas to make a delicious dip or thicken up a sauce. It's time to roast up a kilo or two of chestnuts; grab a kilo for $5-$12.

Pop a 'cauli' in the trolley for $4-$5 ahead this week. You won't believe how fabulous this snow-white brassica is when broken into florets, sprinkled with cumin, salt and a drizzle of olive oil, and then roasted.

FLOWERS

Flowers A few autumn favourites to look for this week include stock, celosia, tulip, Queen Anne lace, calla lilies, chrysanthemums, sea holly, celosia, snapdragons, freesia, erica, sunflower, heliconia, alstroemeria, hyacinths, lavender, gum nuts, birds of paradise, spray rose, kale, water lilies and oriental lilies are a popular choice and good value this week.




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 2022-05-23 16:30:21

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