Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
26 APRIL - 1 MAY 2022
Grapes remain plentiful with a wide selection of varieties in all colours. Popular types include Crimson seedless, Adora, Muscatels, Sweet Celebration, Midnight Beauty, Thompson seedless, and the new Autumn Crisp. Grapes are available for $5-$30 a kilo, depending on the variety.
Healthy, versatile, and crunchy new season apples are priced at $4-$7 a kilo, depending on the variety. Select from Royal Gala, Kazzi, Jazz, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith and Pink Lady.
Delicately scented, exotic quinces are on the shelves. Closely related to apples and pears, quince can be stewed, baked, poached, or used to make jams, jellies, and pastes. They are superb, slowly simmered in a sugar and cinnamon syrup. Enjoy quince this week for $7-$8 a kilo. Please handle them with care; while they may feel solid, quince will bruise easily. Enjoy a treat of slow cooker orange spiced quince.
Grown in Australia, nashi is an Asian pear variety with delicious crisp, juicy flesh. Nashi requires minimal preparation. Wash well in cold water, then quarter and remove the core. No need to peel – the edible skin is a good source of fibre. Add sliced nashi to a fennel slaw to serve with fish. Nashis are $6-$8 a kilo, around $2-$3 each.
Swirl custard apple flesh through thick yoghurt; add it to fruit salads, trifles or muffin mixtures. For breakfast, serve it with a squeeze of lime juice. Custard apples are $9-$10 a kilo (approx. $5-$7 each) depending on variety and size. This custard apple teacake is a real treat.
Avocados are $1.50-$4 each, depending on variety and size.
Easy to peel, sweet and juicy Imperial mandarins not only taste good, but they will also provide a good source of vitamin C and fibre. Mandarins are selling for $2-$6 a kilo.
Nutritionists recommend that we all have at least two servings of fruit each day. Healthily start your day and add diced fruit to your favourite breakfast cereal. Try adding kiwifruit this week; they are $7-$8 a kilo pack. Kiwifruits are easy to prepare and rich in vitamins.
Delicately flavoured zucchini is a versatile, no-fuss vegetable that requires minimal preparation. Wash in cold water before slicing, grating or chopping. Choose firm zucchini with glossy skin. Store in the crisper in the fridge. Use with 3-4 days. Zucchinis are $3-$6 a kilo, depending on size.
Victorian-grown Brussels sprouts' early supplies are in season and retail at $11-$12 a kilo. Add finely shredded sprouts to salads, pasta dishes, coleslaw or these Brussels sprout, chia & parmesan fritters; they are nutritious and delicious.
The sweet, irresistible aroma of freshly roasted chestnuts is a seasonal treat. Chestnuts are equally splendid in savoury or sweet dishes and marry well with savoury flavours like mushrooms, cauliflower, pumpkin, potato, Brussel sprouts, pasta, pancetta, pinenuts, cabbage, celery, sausages, cream, chocolate or coffee. Grab a kilo bag this week and roast them up. Chestnuts are $6-$12 a kilo, depending on variety and size.
This week, you will find a delightful array of Asian at your local greengrocer at great prices. Add a delicious crunch and extra goodness to your stir-fries by adding a bunch of bok, choy, choy sum or pak choy. Asian greens are $2.99 -$3.99 a bunch.
Served pickled or raw, delicious Daikon radish, also known as white radish, is a top buy this week at $3-$4 each. This radish looks like a giant white carrot; it's firm and crisp with a sweet, peppery flavour. Traditionally used in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese meals, this long white radish can also be used in Asia style soups, but would also be great in a stir-fry, coleslaw or try roasting.
Victoria grown fennel is a white, crisp, flavoursome, and super value at $2-$2.50 a bulb. Delicious served shredded in an autumn salad like this fennel, feta and pomegranate salad or create a tasty fennel, lemon and prawn risotto with serve with rocket.
Kumara or orange sweet potato is delicious and ideal for roasting or mashing. Add vibrant colour mashed kumara to a cottage pie. Kumara is $3-$4 a kilo.
Autumn is peak time for quality eggplants. Choose an eggplant with a firm, heavy fruit with taut, glossy, deeply coloured skin and a fresh green stem. Eggplants can be stored in a refrigerator for up to 1 week but handle with care as they bruise easily. Eggplants are selling for $4-$9 a kilo. You will need 1 kilo of eggplant to whip up this flavoursome eggplant and cheese bake.
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, chrysanthemums are starting to appear at your local florist, “Mums” as they are affectionately known come in a range of colours and shapes. Select from disbuds, spiders and pompom shapes. Other seasonal favourites include Casablanca lilies, stock, roses, tulips, carnations, snapdragons, gerbera, sunflowers, kale, lisianthus, veronica, delphinium and sweetpea.
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 2022-04-26 15:43:00Print Page