Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
25 - 31 March 2019


FRUIT

FruitCurvaceous and versatile pears make elegant desserts and add sweetness to salads or try this delectable pear and gingerbread cake. Select from Williams, Packham and Corella pears for $2-$6 a kilo.

There is an enticing range of grapes now available at your local greengrocer. If you enjoy your grapes sweet and crunchy than we recommend the Crimson seedless and Thompson seedless grapes priced $3-$10 a kilo. Intensify the flavour of grapes by roasting them, serve roasted grapes with cheese or in a salad.

Everyone loves bananas, smooth, creamy and an excellent source of vitamin B6 and C. Did you know that one banana provides almost 30% of your daily vitamin C requirements? Bananas are a popular choice at $3-$6 a kilo.

Pomegranates are increasingly being recognised as a rich source of antioxidants and adored for their dynamic ruby coloured nectar and arils. Good news is that the Australian pomegranate season has started. Pomegranates are $3-$5 each. Try this tasty pumpkin, pomegranate & chickpea tabouli salad.

Late season plums are delicious eating and are delicious used to make tasty autumn desserts like compotes and crumbles. Prices will range from $3-$10, varieties still available are Autumn Giant, Angelino, September Candy, Red Splendour and October Sun. Add tangy plums to a salad like this plum, watercress, prosciutto & goats cheese salad.

Persimmons are an old-fashioned favourite; however, the new non-astringent sweet persimmon varieties can only be eaten firm and crunchy, or you wait until the flesh is soft and resembles apricot jam. Purchased firm fruit and allowed to ripen in the fruit bowl. Sweet persimmons around $3-$4 each. Learn more about persimmons.

With their signature sweetness and tender flesh, plump, luscious figs offer great value in autumn. Handle figs with care because they easily bruise. Simply rinse figs in cold water and pat dry with paper towel. Figs are 50 -$3 each.

It's a bumper time for freshly harvested apples. Perfect for a healthy snack and offering loads of potential for autumn desserts, apples depending on variety and size apples are $2-$8 a kilo. Varieties include Royal Gala, Jonathon, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Jazz, Kanzi and Fuji.

Creamy fleshed Mareeba grown Shepard avocados are plentiful, and top buys at $2-$3 each, depending on size. New season Australian grown Hass avocados have started and are $3-$4 each.

Juicy and refreshing limes are versatile and less acidic than lemons. Whilst lemon supplies are increasing and prices easing, limes still offer great value at this time of the year. Limes are $3-$10 a kilo and Lemons are $3-$6 a kilo.

VEGETABLES

VegetablesPumpkins are perhaps the most adaptable of veggies. Use them in gnocchi, bread, sweet tarts and pies or if you crave comfort foods, roast wedges with garlic, whip a mash or puree for a rich cream soup. Jap, Butternut and Jarrahdale pumpkins are $2 a kilo when purchased whole and $2.50 if cut.

Nutritious broccoli is a family favourite that is delicious steam, stir-fried or pureed to create a delicious spicy broccoli & chilli soup or make up a batch of broccoli & sweetcorn buttermilk hotcakes. Broccoli prices have eased in the last week; expect to pay $4-$6 a kilo.

If you are looking for a vegetable that offers flavour, value and convenience be sure to pick up a kilo of button, cup or flat mushrooms. Rich in B group vitamins and fibre, mushrooms are nutritious, delicious and thrifty at $8-$12 a kilo. Try our leek, mushroom & baby spinach risotto.

Fresh herbs enliven a meal, and their medicinal benefits should never be overlooked. Sage, rosemary and thyme go well with pork. Coriander, basil, parsley or oregano marries well with chicken and fish. For lamb choose mint, rosemary, thyme or use oregano, lemongrass and continental parsley for beef. Fresh herbs are $2.50-$3 a bunch; basil is $3-$4 a bunch.

Fresh sweetcorn is succulent, naturally sweet and a truly delicious eating experience, provided it is cooked and eaten as soon after picking as possible. Corn is retailing for 50¢-$1 a cob with the locally grown Hawkesbury corn offering the best value.

Make the most of Autumn eggplants range in different shades of purple. Versatile eggplants are delicious crumbled or grilled and added to a salad. Expect to pay $3-$8 a kilo, depending on variety.

Take a fresh look at potatoes. This versatile vegetable is nourishing and hearty, and there are so many varieties to choose from. Boiled, mashed or roasted potatoes are easy to prepare. South Australian Desire potatoes are a solid all-purpose potato and are 5-kilo bag for $4-6.

Fresh chestnuts are a taste sensation. While most nuts contain 50% fat, chestnuts contain only 2.7%. To roast chestnuts, firstly cut a cross in the outer shell, and then place chestnuts in a tray and cook at 200o oven for 15-20 minutes or until shell splits. Large quality chestnuts are $10-$16 a kilo. Add chestnuts to salads; toss with through steamed beans, Brussel sprouts or broccolini or jazz up a san choy bow with chopped cooked chestnuts.

FLOWERS

FlowersFresh flower in season this week include Easter daisy, red Leucadendron, sedum, roses, celosia, dahlia, lisianthus, water lily, sunflowers, tulips, pagoda, heliconia, banksia, Siam tulips, hanging amaranthus, hyacinths, bachelor buttons, smoke bush, freesia, snapdragon, stock, snowberry, Veronica, fragrant roses. Potted cyclamen and hyacinth.

Prices quoted in this report are only relevant for the week of the report. All prices are estimates only as prices vary depending on the variety, size and quality of the produce and the trading area. For further information please.



Published On 2019-03-25 13:15:00

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