Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
25 June - 1 July 2018


VEGETABLES:

Nutritious Brussels sprouts are $4-$7 a kilo. Toss thinly sliced Brussels sprouts in a hot wok with a little oil and sliced bacon until just tender, toss through noodles and soy sauce and serve. New to the markets are purple Brussels sprouts, they are sweeter and slightly peppery in flavour look for 400g packets for $3-$4.

Cauliflower stars in the kitchen during cooler weather and are only $3-$4 each. This adaptable vegetable is delicious roasted, braised, fried, mashed and steamed or eaten raw. Warm up with a bowl of piping Hot Cauliflower Soup, or serve this delicious veggie side dish with a winter roast, Spiced Cauliflower & Carrots with Spinach & Pomegranate.

Savour the subtle sweet-onion flavour of plump flavoursome leeks. Use leeks as the bases for a tasty homemade vegetable soup such as leek and cauliflower, leek and zucchini or leek and pumpkin. Leeks are $1-$3 a stem.

Celeriac is a delicious, creamy-fleshed winter vegetable that tastes like celery. Select pale, small-sized celeriac that feels heavy for its size. To prepare celeriac, simply peel and cut into pieces then drop into a bowl of cold water. Add some lemon juice to prevent the flesh discolouring. Delicious and versatile celeriac is $5-$7 ahead.

Queensland grown field tomatoes are $2-$4 and green and red capsicums are a choice buy at $3-$5 a kilo.

Warm up your taste buds with fresh glossy, long red chillies, less fiery than most varieties, these chillies will add a tasty kick to your winter cooking. Removing the seeds will make them even milder in flavour. Add diced chilli to vegetable soups, casseroles, meat rubs and pasta dishes. Look for specials.

Celery is economical, healthy and discreetly delicious. Raw celery is crisp, tasty and low in kilojoules. Serve celery sticks with peanut butter, whip up a creamy celery soup or add flavour and fibre to hearty winter soups with celery. Celery is $2-$3 a bunch.

Bunching broccoli is a thrifty buy at $3-$4 a bunch. Sold in generous bunches, bunched broccoli has long thin stems and small flowering head. Trim the heads and peel the stems. Delicious steamed, microwaved or stir-fried this vegetable is versatile, good value and tasty.

Silverbeeet sometimes mistakenly named spinach is distinguishable by its fleshly white stems and dark green leaves. Wilt silverbeet in a pan over medium heat and toss with crumbled feta, toasted pine nuts and a drizzle of olive oil. Silverbeet is $2-$3 a bunch, alternative try Swiss Chard also known as rainbow chard at $3-$4 a bunch has the most attractive brightly coloured stems that make a delightful addition to a chunk vegetable soup.

FRUIT

Creamy custard apples are in season and selling for $5-$9 a kilo depending on variety. Make custard apple muffins by folding 1 cup roughly mashed custard apple flesh through a basic muffin mixture. Bake in ½ cup muffin pans at 180°C for about 20 minutes. They’re delicious served straight from the oven.

Tangelos have a tangy flavour and a fragrant aroma. Use their juice and flesh in recipes as an alternative to oranges in winter. Team tangelos with baby spinach leaves and walnuts in a salad. A great way to kick start the day, juice tangelos for breakfast! They’re bursting with beneficial vitamin C. Grab a kilo for $3-$6 a kilo.

Fragrant and sweet eating Queensland strawberry season have started and from now until August strawberries are just going to get better and better. Your local greengrocer has beautiful quality strawberries. Rinse strawberries just before eating. Want to get fancy with strawberries than check out our delicious serving ideas. Strawberries are $2.50-$4 a punnet.

Dress up a winter salad with creamy avocado. The nutty flavoured Hass avocados are in peak supply and selling for $1.50-$3.50 each, depending on size.

Bake a free form apple pie with ready-made short crust pastry and fill with finely sliced apple and rhubarb and a generous sprinkle of sugar. Granny smith apples are $3-$6 a kilo, depending on size and quality rhubarb is $3-$4 a bunch.

For a vitamin C packed easy snack, you can go passed a mandarin. Combine mandarin segments with shredded fennel, rocket, sliced green onions and pomegranate seeds. Drizzle with an olive oil and lemon dressing to serve, its fresh, light and easy. Select from Imperial, Afourer, Nova, Daisy and Taylor Lee mandarins at $3-$6 a kilo, depending on size and variety.

Winter is the peak time for citrus especially Navel oranges. Enjoy the traditional orange fleshed Washington or Leng navels for $2-$5 a kilo, or for something different try the Cara Cara navel. This seedless, sweet pinkish orange fleshed variety originated in South America is available June to August. Cara Cara navels are selling for $4-$5 a kilo. Warm up with this cheeky Oranges With Whiskey Toffee dessert.

FLOWERS

With a dazzling range of tulips, lilies, stock, poppies, purple iris, Queens Anne’s lace, kale, protea and roses are a popular choice. For fragrance take home lavender, hyacinth and oriental lilies, while the jonquils and daffodils are a thrifty buy. Mix your flowers with interesting foliage to create a stunning display.

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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 2018-06-26 15:35:00

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