Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
28 MARCH - 3 APRIL 2022
Late season black-skinned plums like September Candy and Black Amber varieties are delicious eating and top value at $3-$7 a kilo.
Grapes are terrific value and sweet eating. Thompson seedless are a thrifty buy at $2-$6 a kilo. However, if you are looking for a super sweet and crunchy grape, the Autumn Crisp variety stands out at $7-$20 a kilo.
Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy crisp eating Fuji fruitM. This non-astringent sweet persimmon does not soften with ripening and is eaten like an apple firm and crunchy. The most profuse variety is Fuyu. Select smooth, glossy, bright-coloured orange fruit. Fuji fruit sells for $10-$13 a kilo (around $4 each) depending on size and quality.
Juicy fresh pineapples are $3-$6 each. The best way to determine ripeness is to smell it; a ripe pineapple gives off a distinct sweet pineapple aroma.
Crops of new season mandarins have started to appear at your local greengrocer. Fruit quality varies from sweet and tangy to somewhat tart. Expect to pay $6-$10 a kilo, depending on variety and size. Select plump, highly coloured, glossy skinned fruit that feels heavy for size.
Creamy bananas are a family favourite, and this week, bananas are $2-$4 a kilo for quality fruit.
Flavoursome Australian grown green kiwifruits are now available. Expect to pay $6-$10 a kilo.
Nashis are sweet and so juicy that you almost need to eat them over the kitchen sink. Nashis are superb served with soft cheeses or add them sliced to a salad. Nashis sells for $5-$7 a kilo, depending on size and quality.
Pomegranate season arrives just in time to fill our fruit bowls and plates with a splash of red colour. Pomegranates numerous gelatinous seeds are loaded with a vibrant ruby-red juice. Sprinkle seeds in salads or over into a salad or add colour to a couscous dish. Depending on size, pomegranates sell for $2-$6 each.
It is a fabulous time to crunch into a healthy apple. Select from Jazz, Kanzi, Royal Gala, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Fuji, Granny, Ambrosia, and Pink Lady for $3-$8 a kilo. To maintain your apples' juicy, crisp texture, remember to store them in the refrigerator. Know your apples.
Flavoursome and fibre rich pears are at their best during the cooler months. Pears are harvested mature and firm and should be ripened at room temperature until they yield to gentle pressure at the stem end. When cooking with pears, choose semi-ripe fruit. New-season William, Packham, Beurre Bosc and Corella pears are $3-$6 a kilo.
Juicy green limes are at their best in Autumn. Add zing to drinks, marinades, sauces, and salad dressings with freshly squeezed lime juice. Drizzle over spicy noodles, fresh seafood, or whip up a batch of our tangy lime curd to serve with biscotti. Large limes are around $1 each and look for multi-buy specials on small limes.
Creamy fleshed Shepard avocados are plentiful, top value at $1-$2 each, depending on size.
Feijoa season is a short one, and now is the time to enjoy this oval-shaped, green-skinned fruit with a flavour similar to guava with a more pineapple flavour. You find feijoa at your local greengrocer for $3-$5 each.
If you adore olives and have the time to pickle them, you can pick up a kilo for $6-$8 a kilo. Green olives are at their best quality and value during Autumn.
In season, vegetable spaghetti, also known as spaghetti marrow or spaghetti squash, is in season. This usual vegetable has yellow flesh and can be baked or microwaved. It has a zucchini flavour, but when you rake a fork through the cooked flesh, it breaks into strands that look like spaghetti. Serve with a knob of butter and salt and pepper.
If you like cauliflower, you'll love caulini. Also known as cauliflower blossom, it has long crunchy stems and tiny white edible florets, which have a delicate cauliflower flavour. Rapidly cook caulini to retain its colour and crunch, and Caulini makes an excellent substitute for broccolini. Depending on pack size, caulini is $3-$6.
Fresh chestnuts are a taste sensation. While most nuts contain 50% fat, chestnuts contain 2.7%. To bake chestnuts, you first need to cut an X in the outer shell, place them in a tray and cook at 200o oven for 15-20 minutes or until the shell splits. Large quality chestnuts are $5-$10 a kilo.
Autumn is peak time for quality eggplants. Choose an eggplant with a firm, heavy fruit with a taut, glossy, deeply coloured black skin and a fresh green stem. Handle eggplants with care, as they bruise easily and store them in a refrigerator for up to 1 week. Eggplants are selling for $4-$10 a kilo. You will need 1 kilo of eggplant to whip up this flavoursome eggplant and cheese bake.
Machine harvested green beans are around $5 a kilo. Recent weather events have reduced the shelf life, so use them quickly to maintain the quality.
The quality and range of autumn blooms are delightful; this week, you could fill your vase will bachelor buttons, beautiful natives, gerberas, bouvardia, bird of paradise, celosia, hyacinth, tulips, gum nuts, chrysanthemums, asters and dahlias.
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 2022-03-28 14:48:20Print Page