Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
26 APRIL - 2 MAY 2021


FRUIT

Fruit 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 $2.50-$3 each. Please handle with care, while they feel tough very quince are easily bruised. Enjoy a treat of slow cooker orange spiced quince.

Soft, sweet persimmons are a seasonal fruit available from April to July. Persimmons are ready to eat when the flesh is soft, gooey and resembling apricot jam. Persimmons team well with yoghurt, custard, sponge, honey, cinnamon. Expect to pay $3-$4 each.

Mandarin season is in full swing, with supply coming from Queensland. Easy to peel and an excellent source of vitamin C and fibre mandarins are a great buy at $3-$6 a kilo.

Grown in Australia, nashi is an Asian variety of pear that has 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. Toss in a salad with baby rocket leaves, toasted pine nuts and drizzle with a lemon dressing, or chop and add to fresh fruit salads. Nashis are $7-$8 a kilo, which is around $2 each.

Heavenly aromatic passionfruit conjure up memories of tropical holidays. Select passionfruit that is heavy for its size, this indicates good juice content. Slight wrinkling to the skin indicates ripeness. Serve passionfruit in icing on a banana cake, add to Bircher muesli or serve with a lemon delicious pudding for extra tang. Passionfruit are around 70₵ -$1 each. Look for multiply buy specials at your local greengrocer.

Lemons would easily be the most multiply purpose fruit in the kitchen. Use then to prevent apples, pears and avocado from browning, squeeze their abundant juice over seafood veggies and into dishes to reduce richness or add a refreshing tang. If you enjoy eating tangy desserts, then this lemon delicious pudding served with passionfruit is the best. Lemons are $3-6 a kilo.

Shepard avocado season is finishing up, and this week we welcome the Fuerte and Australia’s most popular avocado the Hass variety. Depending on the variety and size, avocadoes are $1-$4 each.

Healthy, versatile and crunchy new season apples are priced at $3-$8 a kilo, depending on the variety. Select from Royal Gala, Kazzi, Jazz, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith and Pink Lady.

Smooth, creamy and loaded with energy-giving carbohydrates bananas are Australia’s top-selling fruit. Sauté banana in butter, cardamom, brown sugar and a little coconut cream, serve warm for a quick dessert. Cavendish bananas are $3-$5 a kilo, depending on quality and size.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Subtle, sweet onion-flavoured leeks are ideal for combining with potatoes, eggs, mushrooms. Leeks are perfect for adding to soups, frittatas and quiche fillings. Leeks are $2-$4 each depending on size.

With their slightly nutty flavour, Jerusalem artichokes are perfect for soups, roasting and adding to mashes. They team well with potato. Choose firm artichokes with thin, pale-golden skin. The least knobbly ones are the easiest to peel or scrub. Store them in a paper bag in the fridge and use them within 4–5 days. Gently scrub the skin with a soft brush or peel using a vegetable peeler. Jerusalem artichokes are $10-$14 a kilo. Whip up our Jerusalem artichoke, leek and bacon soup.

Crinkly leaved Savoy cabbage is in season and available at your local greengrocer for around $3-$5 ahead. Team cabbage with leeks, bacon, speck, sage, apples, mushrooms, ham, chicken and pork.

Mid to late autumn is the peak time for quality radicchio. With its reddish maroon coloured leaves, radicchio looks like lettuce but is, in fact, a member of the chicory family. Its mildly bitter taste is delicious enjoyed in salads. Add colour to your meals this week with vibrant radicchio, available for $3-$4 ahead.

New season fennel from Werribee is now available for $1.50-$2 a bulb. Fennel’s delicate aniseed flavour is delicious in soups, casseroles, salads and compliments lamb and seafood

Victorian grown Brussels sprouts are good value at $3- $6 a kilo. Add them finely shredded to salads, pasta dishes, coleslaw or these Brussels sprout, chia & parmesan fritters; they are nutritious and delicious.

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. Zucchini are $2.50-$5 a kilo, depending on size. Try zucchini

  • Sliced lengthways, brush with olive oil and char-grill or barbecue. Sprinkle with crumbled feta and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil to serve.
  • Thinly slice lengthways with a vegetable peeler and add to a pizza topping.
  • Finely dice and add to a Bolognese sauce for pasta.
  • Sliced and toss into a stir-fry with chicken and Asian greens.
  • Roasting pumpkin unleashes its sweet flavour. Serve roasted pumpkin tossed through salads, couscous or pasta or serve as a side dish. Pumpkins are $1.50 $2.50 a kilo, depending on variety and if you purchase a wedge or a whole pumpkin. This butternut pumpkin, spinach and pomegranate rice salad.

    The sweet, irresistible aroma of fresh 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-$15 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

    FLOWERS

    Flowers With Mother’s Day just around the corner, Chrysanthemums are starting to appear at your local florist, Mums as they are affectionately known, also come in array of range of colours and shapes select from disbuds, spiders and pompom shapes. Other seasonal favourites include roses, tulips, Casablanca lilies, stock, 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 2021-04-26 11:49:00

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