Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
24 - 30 MAY 2021


FRUIT

Fruit Rich and creamy Hass avocados are a top buy at $1-$3 each for premium quality. It’s a good time to enjoy smashed ‘avo’ on toast or a healthy guacamole.

As winter approaches, citrus becomes more abundant, and the range and flavour improves. But, for something a little different, we recommend Cara Cara navel oranges. This seedless, sweet, red-fleshed variety originated in South America is now harvested in Australia from May to August. Cara Cara navel oranges are $3-$5 a kilo and make a delicious juice and are perfect eaten as a healthy snack or team with avocados in a salad.

Fill your fruit bowl with vibrant orange coloured mandarins. There are several varieties to choose from, ranging from $2-$5 a kilo. South Australian fruit is firm skinned and juicy.

Navel oranges are sweet, tangy and rich in vitamin C. Use the rind and juice in puddings and muffins or warm segments in a bit of butter, sugar and orange juice to serve with waffles. Oranges are $2-$5 a kilo or a thrifty way to buy them is in a 3 kilo net bag for $5-$6.

Tangy lemons are plentiful and a great buy at $2-$6 a kilo. Soothe sore throats with warmed lemon juice and a spoonful of honey, or add lemon juice and rind to puddings and cheesecakes. Tangy lemon tarts are delicious, or add a squeeze of lemon juice to a soup to sharpen the flavour. This Greek lemon and chicken soup is a favourite.

Only 6% of Australian households purchase fresh custard apples, which seems a shame, especially when you discover just how delicious these tropical fruits can be. Custard apples are in season from March to August and provide a healthy vitamin C and potassium source. So do yourself a favour and enjoy a custard apple this week for $7-$10 a kilo.

One of the prized jewels of autumn is the quince. Then raw and firm, it does not reveal much of itself, but on cooking, it fills the kitchen with an intensely sweet fragrance. While related to apples and pears, quince season is much shorter, with the season finishing around the end of June, so gather a few quinces from your local greengrocer and take your time to enjoy them before the season is over. This week quinces are $3-$6 a kilo.

There are so many delicious apples now available at your local greengrocer; it makes good sense to cook with apples. Traditional favourites include Granny Smith and Golden Delicious, but Fuji's and Pink Ladies higher sugar content means they hold their shape well on cooking, which makes them all perfect for baked apples. These granola and maple syrup baked apples are delicious served hot or cold. Depending on the size and the variety, most apples are $3-$8 a kilo.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables As the cooler months of the year are now before us, do you crave soul-warming meals rich in flavoursome spices and veggies? Delicious and aromatic, spicy vegetarian curries are easy to prepare, using sweetly flavoured pumpkins and kumara. Both veggies are satisfying, inexpensive, and work well in this Massaman pumpkin, tofu and spinach curry. Note: Kumara can be substituted in this recipe for pumpkin if preferred. Whole pumpkins are $1-$2 a kilo (depending on variety) and kumara $1- $4 a kilo, depending on tuber size.

Versatile celery adds crunch, colour, texture and flavour to stir-fries and casseroles and is an ultra-taste flavour base for soups. Celery is thrifty buy at $2-$3 a bunch.

There is nothing as quite as satisfying as a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes? So often, shoppers ask, what is the best variety of potato for mashing? Well, you really can't go past the classic and most economical, brushed potato. Brushed is not a variety; it simply means it has a light coating of soil still on the skin and, in Australia, is most likely a larger and more mature Sebago potato. Brushed potatoes are floury, higher in starch and lower in sugar, so ideal for creamy mash. Brush potatoes are sold loose and are very economical at $2-$3 a kilo and 5-kilo prepacked backs for $4-$6 a kilo. This warming Irish-style mashed potatoes with kale and green onions, sometimes called Colcannon, is simply delicious!

Keep an eye out for Kalettes, an attractive and milder tasting hybrid cross of red kale and Brussels sprout. They are similar to Brussels sprouts in appearance, but the leaves green and purple with a frilly edge. Kalettes are going from South Australia are sold in 500gm bags for $4- $6.

The natural goodness of Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage shines in late autumn to winter. Sautéed, steamed or tossed in a hot wok, these easy-to-prepare vegetables require minimum cooking. Expect to pay $5-$6 a kilo for Brussels sprouts, $2-$4 for cauliflower and $3-$54 for cabbage, depending on the variety. Chinese cabbage is also known as Wombok and is value for money at $3-$5. Try our Brussels sprout, chia and parmesan fritters recipe.

Stock up on South Australian grown brown onions for only $1-$3 a kilo. Stored onions in a dark, well-ventilated place, and onions are they will keep for weeks. Brown onions are more intensely flavoured than white onions and perfect for a time-honoured French onion soup with cheese toast.

Vibrant coloured beetroot comes into its own in the cooler months, and prices have dropped to $2-$3 a bunch. Select bunches with small to medium-sized bulbs with crisp, green leaves. Roast or boil whole beets.

FLOWERS

Flowers This week, Early Cheer and paperwhite jonquils are in season, poppies, Asiatic and lilies, tulips, long-stemmed freesias, stock, sweet peas, celosia, lisianthus, asters, tuberoses, asters and freesia. The first of the season's daffodils are also available. Plus, you will also find chrysanthemum, mini roses, protea, bouvardia and gladioli.



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 2021-05-24 12:47:00

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