Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
3 - 9 MAY 2021


FRUIT

Fruit Add colour and sweetness to your autumn salads with a generous sprinkle of pomegranates arils; they team delicious with oranges, rocket, feta, rice, lentils, beetroot, quinoa, rhubarb, pears and lamb. Serve pomegranates with panna cotta, yoghurt, porridge, or spatter arils over a Pavlova. Pomegranates are selling for $1-$5 each, depended on the size.

Like salt, lemons bring other flavours to life. While it is the juice that contains the flavour, it is the rind or zest that holds the refreshing fragrance. Lemons supplies are on the increase and will peak around June to August. So, fill your fruit bowl with lemons, and we guarantee you will find a delicious way to use the juice and zest to add flavour. Lemons are currently coming from Gayandah and Mundubbera and are $1.50-$5 a kilo, depending on the variety, quality and size.

Packed with vitamin C, easy to peel and super juicy, new season Imperial mandarins are delicious eating and great value at $2-$6 a kilo.

Naturally sweet and juicy, pears are ‘pear’fect for adding sliced to salads or enjoy them roasted or poached. Select from Packham, Buerru Bosc and Corella varieties. Prices are ranging from $3-$7 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

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 $6-$10 a kilo, (approx. $5-$7 each) depending on variety.

Fill your fruit bowl with crisp apples. Cook with Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples and enjoy the sweet crunch of Pink Lady, Royal Gala, Jazz, Kanzi, Fuji and Red Delicious for $3-$8 a kilo, depending on variety, quality and size. This super easy and ultra-tasty apple and cinnamon strudel is worth a try. The only question is, do you serve it with cream or ice-cream?

Sweet persimmons are a seasonal fruit available from April to July. Eaten when the flesh is soft and resembles apricot jam, persimmons are for many people, an acquired taste. Look out for persimmons this week for around $7-$10 a kilo.

Avocados contain ‘good’ unsaturated fat and are the richest source of vitamin E of all fruits and vegetables. Shepard avocados are finishing up; there are now Fuertes and Hass avocados in season. Avocados are $1.50-$4 each, depending on variety and size. This rich, moist and delectable avocado brownie uses avocado instead of butter and is simply delicious! Avocado, macadamia and chia brownie.

Grapes remain plentiful with a wide selection of varieties in all colours. Popular varieties include Crimson seedless, Adora, Sapphire, Globes and the new Autumn Crisp. Depending on the variety grapes are available for $4-$14 a kilo.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Recently, a popular cooking program featured a mac ‘n ‘cheese challenge, so if you have been thinking of making a version of this childhood favourite, then we suggest that you grab a nutritious, firm, snow-white cauliflower and try our cauliflower mac ’n cheese. Cauliflower has health benefits that are good for healthy bones, brains, gut, heart and immunity. Cauliflowers are $3-$5 each, and you will need 600 grams.

Versatile carrots are an Australian favourite with, 89% of Australian households purchasing carrots. The average purchase is 825g per shopping trip. So help our growers out, his week by grabbing a 1-kilo bag and adding carrots to a delicious cake for Mother’s Day. This moist Moroccan-style cake is a breeze to make in a food processor easy orange, carrot and almond cake. A 1-kilo bag of carrots is $1.50-$2.50.

Kumara or Orange sweet potato is delicious eating, and ideal for roasting or mashing. Roast chopped orange sweet potato with red onion wedges in olive oil flavoured with cumin and coriander for 30 minutes or until tender. Mashed kumara is a delicious and vibrant coloured topping for a cottage pie. Serve with lamb or beef. Kumara is $1-$4 a kilo.

'Veggie smuggler' beef chilli con carne makes just about everyone happy. It is a meal that is simple and satisfying and comes together in just 45 minutes. We have added a little something special to our chilli con carne recipe by blending in one of our favourite ingredients – mushrooms. Button mushrooms are available at your local greengrocer for $9-$12 a kilo. Blending mushrooms into minced meat provides a number of health benefits:

  • Enhanced flavour
  • Reduced fat and kilojoules content
  • Additional nutrients such as vitamin D, B vitamins and antioxidants
  • Increase fibre content
  • Victoria grown fennel is a white, crisp, flavoursome and super value at $1.50-$2 a bulb. Delicious served shredded in an autumn salad like this fennel, feta and pomegranate salad or whip up a tasty fennel, lemon and prawn risotto with rocket.

    You will find a delightful array of Asian at your local greengrocer this week 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 $1.50-$2 a bunch.

    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 an irresistible sweet, nutty flavour. Chestnuts are selling for $6-$14 a kilo, depending on size and variety.

    For value on the vegetable scene, you cannot go past cabbage. This humble vegie is a versatile, flavoursome and good value at $2-$4 ahead. This delicious side dish is great for fussy veggie eaters! And works well with plain or savoy cabbage, it’s a perfect side dish to sausages cabbage and leeks with bacon and pine nuts.

    FLOWERS

    Flowers Sunday, the 9th May is Mother’s Day, one of the busiest days of the flower calendar. Pre-order your flowers for Mum with your local flower supplier to ensure that Mum gets her favourite bunch.

    Chrysanthemums are a popular and traditional choice and there a several new varieties in unique colours and chrysanthemums come in pompoms, disbuds, daisy and spider flower heads. Alternative seasonal options include, locally grown blooms include favourites Casablanca lilies, stock, snapdragons, gerbera, roses, sunflowers roses, tulips, 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 2021-05-10 16:37:00

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