Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
3 - 8 April 2018


FRUIT

It’s time to fill your fruit bowls with pomegranates. Pomegranates are filled with hundreds of gelatinous seeds called arils that are loaded with a vibrant ruby-red juice. Sprinkle seeds in salads or custard, crème caramel, rice custard, desserts and perfect for decorating couscous dishes. Pomegranates are selling for $3-$4 each.

Extra juicy North Coast grown limes are still available for 50¢-60¢ each.

Creamy, sweet custard apples are an autumn treat. Serve segments with the ruby grapefruit or oranges as a healthy dessert; you will find that citrus fruit balances out the richness. Custard apples are $7-$12 a kilo for the extra-large Pink Mammoth variety.

With its pinkish red flesh Ruby red grapefruit are attractive and sweet to eat. Add segments to a salad and team with shredded fennel, rocket or baby spinach leaves. Ruby star grapefruit are $3-$5 a kilo. Add grapefruit segment to a salad like this tasty pink grapefruit, rocket and pinenut salad to serve with chicken.

Add Kanzi, Jazz and Golden delicious apples to the extensive range of apple varieties now available at your local greengrocers. Australian grown Kanzi apples are a relative new comer to the market place and are a tasty cross between a juicy gala and the tarter flavoured Braeburn. Buttery coloured Golden Delicious apples are a popular cooking apple. Apples are ranging in price from $3-$7 a kilo.

There is a good supply of flavoursome, in expensive and good to eating rockmelon available at your local greengrocer. It’s time to pop rockmelons back on the shopping list as they are only $2 $4 each.

It’s been a superb grape season and the quality continues this week. Grapes an easy healthy snack but they are also ideal for adding to Autumn salads. Pick up Thomson and Crimson seedless or seedless black skinned variety like Melody or Sapphire for $4-$12 a kilo. Add roasted grapes to a leafy salad, roasting concentrates the flavour and makes the juicy syrup. Here is our guide to roasting grapes.

Don’t beats biting into a flavoursome pear and this week you have several varieties to choose from , check out William, Packham, Buerru Bosc, for $3-$4 a kilo or a squat shaped Corella pear for $4-$8 a kilo.

Everyone loves bananas, smooth, creamy and an excellent source of vitamin B6 and C. Did you know that one banana provides almost 30% of your daily vitamin C requirements? Bananas are a popular choice at $2-$4 a kilo.

A firm Hass or Shepard avocado will take 3-5 days to ripen at room temperature. To speed the ripening process, place the avocado into a brown paper bag with a ripe banana and keep at room temperature until it yields to gentle pressure at the stem end. Avocados are $2-$4 each.

VEGETABLES

Lebanese cucumbers are a top buy this week at $2-$3 a kilo.

Versatile eggplant are available in a range of varieties in Autumn. Depending on variety eggplants are retailing at $4-$8 a kilo. Whip a Greek feat with this Crumbed Eggplant With Easy Minted Tzatziki.

Cabbage and brussels sprouts are coming into their own, with the quality improving and prices dropping. Crinkly leaved savoy cabbage and the plain cabbage are $3-$4 each, depending on size while Brussels sprouts are $4-$6 a kilo.

A delightful array of Asian vegetables can be found at your local greengrocer. Add a delicious crunch and goodness to your stir-fries by adding a bunch of choy sum or pak choy. Asian greens are $1.50-$2 a bunch.

Pop a cauli in your trolley this week for $3-$4 a head. Add cauliflower to hearty vegetable soups or steaming and serve florets coated in a cheese sauce or buttered breadcrumbs or whip up a tasty cauliflower, leek and bacon soup.

Mild onion flavoured leeks are ideal for flavouring soups, casseroles, flans, pies and vegetable dishes. Combine leeks with cheese, cream, bacon, tomatoes, potatoes and mushrooms. Try leeks as an alternative to onions, a large stem is around $2.50-$3 each. Tip: Split and fan leeks, then wash, under running water to dislodge and soil.

Versatile zucchinis are perfect for adding to soups, casseroles, frittata, ratatouille or sauté slices in olive oil and garlic. Zucchini’s are $3-$5 a kilo, depending on size.

Australian grown chestnuts are delicious treats well worth the patience and time needed for their preparation. Once cooked, their creamy white flesh is similar in texture to roast potato with a tantalising sweet nutty flavour. Chestnuts are selling for $5-$12 a kilo, depending on size and variety.

Bag up a kilo of firm and flavoursome Hawkesbury grown mushrooms for $10-$12 a kilo. For a delicious and quick meal try threading button mushrooms and diced ling fillets onto skewers and cook on a hot barbecue until just cooked. Pine mushrooms season has also started.

New season fennel is crisp with a mild aniseed flavour and selling for $2-$2.50 a bulb. Finely slice raw fennel and toss with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and black pepper. Add fennel to an Easter Roast – try our Italian Roasted Vegetables.

Stock up on South Australian grown brown onions for only $1.50-$2.50 a kilo. Stored in a dark, well ventilated place onions will keep for weeks. Brown onions are more pungent that white onions.

FLOWERS

Autumn is a lovely time to have flowers in your home or on your desk. Visit your local florist and pick up a bunch or two of Easter daisies, dahlias, bird of paradise, Siam tulips, sedum, tulips, veronica, mini roses, cotton branches, stock, protea, lisianthius, daisy chrysanthemum, lotus pod and celosia are in season and great value.

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 2018-04-03 15:35:00

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