Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
27 JUNE - 3 JULY 2022


FRUIT

Fruit Lemons are tangy, refreshing and versatile. Eureka lemon is a firm, thick-skinned lemon with high juice content. Homemade lemon curd is a delicious way to use lemons. Serve lemon curd with pastry cases, pancakes or with shortbread. Lemons are $2-$6 a kilo, depending on the quality and if the fruit is a seedless variety.

Cooking with pears is easy. Baked pears wrapped in pastry, poach in red wine or add sliced pears to a bread-and-butter pudding. Pears make a nutritious and economical dessert. Beurre Bosc pears are $2.50-$4 a kilo.

Winter is the peak time for citrus, especially Navel oranges. Enjoy the traditional orange-fleshed Washington or Leng navels for $2-$6. a kilo, or for something different, try the Cara Cara navel. This seedless, sweet pinkish orange-fleshed variety originated in South America and is available from June to August. Cara Cara navels are selling for $4-$6 a kilo. Warm up with this cheeky orange with Whiskey Toffee dessert.

Did you know that swapping 20g of butter for 2 tablespoons of avocado reduces the kilojoule count and fat content by half? So, using avocado on a sandwich instead of butter makes health sense. Avocados are $1-$3 each depending on size.

There are plenty of varieties of mandarins to choose from, including Murcott, Honey Royal, Daisy, Clementine, Monarch, Imperial, and Hickson. Mandarin segments add a unique flavour to a winter fruit salad. Depending on variety and size, mandarins are $3-$6 a kilo.

Pop a few Zespri gold kiwifruit into your shopping basket this week; their golden flesh has a sweet tropical flavour reminiscent of melon, peach and citrus. Gold kiwifruit is in season until September. Gold Kiwifruit are $2-$3 each for large kiwifruits or around $6-$7 a punnet for smaller fruit.

Refreshing tangelos are tangy yet sweet; they are easy to peel and have very few. Tangelos are in season until September and sell for $3-$6 a kilo, depending on size.

First introduced to Australia over 12 years ago, Kanzi apple is an attractive bright red apple, a delicious cross between a Royal Gala and Braeburn; it has a perfectly balanced sweet and tangy flavour and a crisp texture. Kanzi apples finish up in July. Expect to pay $3-$6 a kilo. Kanzi apples are the perfect low GI snack and provide 40% of your daily vitamin C intake.

Quinces are in season for another four weeks, so enjoy them while stocks last. Expect to pay $4-$5 a kilo. Then bake or poach until soft and the flesh has turned an attractive shade of pink. Enjoy a treat of slow cooker orange spiced quince.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Sweet potato, also known as kumara, is a thrifty buy at $2-$4 a kilo. Try roast, chopped sweet potato with onion wedges, a sprinkle of cumin and coriander and a drizzle of olive oil for 30 minutes or until tender. Sweet potato is also delicious mashed and served with sausages or a beef pie.

Jerusalem artichokes have an interesting nutty flavour and a texture similar to a potato. Ideal for soups and winter salads, they are delicious roasted-select firm, smooth even-sized artichokes, which are free of soft spots. Scrub well or peel before cooking. They are indeed a winter treat at $10-$12 a kilo.

Nutrient-packed kalettes are a delicious cross between leafy kale and tiny Brussels sprouts. Small, frilly, purple-tinged kalettes have crunchy loosely-packed leaves with a slightly nutty flavour. Halve kalettes and toss them into a stir-fry with meat, chicken, or finely-shredded kalettes to bring colour and crunch to salads and winter slaws. Kalettes particularly well with Asian-inspired dressings. Kalettes are around $6 a 300g bag.

Mighty mushrooms are super healthy and value buy at $12-$15 a kilo for buttons, cups or flats. A single-serve of mushrooms can provide 20-100% of an adult’s daily dose of Vitamin D. Add mushrooms to your breakfast, lunch or dinner; they are versatile and tasty.

Celeriac is a delicious, creamy-fleshed winter vegetable that tastes like celery; it is ideal for making soups like this creamy style leek, celeriac and chicken soup. Select pale, small-sized celeriac that feels heavy for its size. Delicious and versatile celeriac is $6-$7 ahead.

You can’t bet freshly grown potatoes for versatility and value if you are mashed, boiled, baked, roasted or fried. Try our crunchy potatoes with cheddar cheese crumbs. Brushed potatoes and Desiree potatoes from Atherton are $3-$4 a kilo and are good all-purpose potatoes The more you buy, the more you save.

Grab a bag of chestnuts before the season finishes. Perfect for adding to soups, casseroles, sauces and puddings, chestnuts are $7-$14 a kilo, depending on size and quality. Chestnuts are also Team with pumpkin to make a soul-warming soup. Now is the perfect time to freeze chestnuts so you have a supply for when they are out of season.

Pumpkin is an inexpensive vegetable that is versatile and nutritious. Toss together, steam diced pumpkin with baby spinach leaves with a sesame oil and mirin, soy and lemon dressing or whip up a pot of creamy pumpkin soup. Jap and grey-skinned Jarrahdale pumpkins sell for $2.50-$3.50 a kilo whole; once cut, expect to pay around 50¢ extra.

Fennel is a winter favourite; firm, crisp bulbs with a delicate aniseed flavour are delicious, enjoyed raw or cooked. Try fennel in soups like this fennel, leek and chickpea soup or add it to a pasta dish. Large bulbs of fennel are a bargain at $.50-$2.50-$3 each.

Large, snow-white cauliflowers are superb quality and a thrifty buy at $5-$7 ahead.

FLOWERS

Flowers The quality of winter flowers is superb. Brighten your home or office with golden-coloured daffodils, jonquils, Dutch iris, gerbera, poppies, hyacinth, daisy, blushing bride, sweet peas and stock or stock or for something different ornamental kale looks terrific.




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 2022-06-27 13:43:40

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