Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
30 April - 6 May 2018


FRUIT

Despite their creamy texture bananas contain no fat at all. Bananas make an ideal snack. Use bananas in or serve with pancakes, add to muffins and cakes or shake up a delicious smoothie. There are good supplies of bananas around this week at very reasonable prices. Expect to pay $2-$3 a kilo.

Australia’s apple season is in full swing and there is a fabulous range of apples in-store now. Fuji, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Kanzi, Jazz, Royal Gala and Pink Lady are firm and crunchy. Depending on variety and size you will pay $2-$8 a kilo. Also keep an eye out for new Bravo apple, it has a deep burgundy skin colour and a vibrant, sweet, juicy white flesh and it does not brown quickly, so it’s ideal for a school lunch box.

Start your day in a healthy way and add diced fruit to your favourite breakfast cereal. Try adding Australian grown green kiwifruit this week at $3-$6 a kilo or New Zealand grown gold kiwifruit at $10-$12 a kilo. Both varieties are easy to prepare and rich in vitamins.

Mandarins are a versatile, tangy fruit with a distinct flavour that can be used in the same way as oranges. Just pierce the skin and they are peeled in seconds. Their perfect size makes them ideal for school lunch boxes. Pick up a kilo of mandarins for $4-$6.

Attractive ruby-coloured and antioxidant rich pomegranates contain jewel-like seeds bursting with juice and flavour. Sprinkle the seeds over a range of dishes; use the juice for salad dressings or marinades. Pomegranate complements lamb, duck and chicken dishes. Liven up couscous, eggplant and hummus with a spoonful of pomegranate seeds. Pomegranates are $3-$5 each.

Exotic looking quinces are sweet, aromatic and selling for $3-5 a kilo. While a quince is a member of the apple and pear family, this fruit needs to be cooked to be enjoyed. Try wrapping peeled, halved and seeded quince in foil, top with a dab of butter and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, then bake until tender or try our slow baked spiced quince recipe.

Full your fruit bowl with golden coloured lemons. This super versatile fruit is a kitchen staple, ideal for using in savoury dishes, marinates, dressings, sweet tangy desserts or baked goods. An average sized lemon will yield approximately 1/4 cup of juice and 1 tablespoon grated zest. Lemons are $3-$5 a kilo. Team lemon zest, parsley and garlic, make a flavour boasting gremolata.

VEGETABLES

Orange- fleshed sweet potato also known as kumara is a thrifty buy this week at $1-$3 a kilo, depending on size. Add kumara to curries, casseroles, enjoy it mashed and roasted.

Nutritious Brussels sprouts are $3-$6 a kilo. Toss thinly sliced Brussels sprouts in a hot wok with a little oil and sliced bacon until just tender, toss through noodles and soy sauce and serve.

Celery is economical, healthy and discreetly delicious. Raw celery is crisp, tasty and low in kilojoules. Serve celery sticks with peanut butter, whip up a creamy celery soup or add flavour and fibre to hearty winter soups with celery. Celery is $2-$3 a bunch.

Fennels delicate aniseed taste, is delight eaten raw or cooked. At $2-$2.50 a bulb fennel is a bargain. Fennel teams superbly with seafood and lamb shanks. Pork sausages team deliciously with fennel in the spaghetti dish.

Broccoli is bursting with natural goodness. Fresh broccoli should be rapidly cooked to retain its vibrant colour and flavour. Broccoli is $3-$5 a kilo, alternatively long stemmed broccolini is $2-$3 a bunch.

Eggplant is a savvy buy this week at $3-$4 a kilo. There is so many ways to enjoy eggplant, roasted, grilled, barbecued or add to a curry. Layer cooked eggplant slices with a rich tomato passatta and mozzarella cheese and bake until warm and bubbly. Try this Baby eggplant, tomato & ricotta lasagne.

Salad tomatoes from Bundaberg are selling for $2-$5 a kilo. Ripen at room temperature until a vibrant red and slightly soft to touch. Glasshouse grown Truss tomatoes are retailing at $3-$6 a kilo.

It’s time to roast up a kilo or two of chestnuts. Having cooked and peeled chestnuts in the freezer is a tasty and easy way to add a boost of flavour to autumn salads, tossing with roasted cauliflower, steamed Brussel sprouts or adding to your week day evening meals. Chestnuts sweet nutty flavour, health benefits and versatility make chestnuts a fantastic option to make meals extra special. Chestnuts are $5-$12 a kilo. This Creamy cauliflower & chestnut soup is packed with flavour and so easy to make.

For value on the vegetable scene, you cannot go past cabbage. This humble vegetable is versatile, nutritious and flavoursome. Select from red, plain and savoy cabbage for $2-$4 a head. Try Braised cabbage with chorizo & creamy mashed potatoes.

FLOWERS

Visit your local florist this week and discover the wonderful variety of autumn blooms available, which includes chrysanthemums, roses, freesia, hydrangea, celosia, hyacinths, sea holly, snap dragons, rose hip, erica, sunflower, heleconia, calla lilies, pigmy amaranthus, ivy berry, peppercorn, billy button, stirlingia and dusty miller, red and green Leucadendron, tetra nuts and banksia.

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 2018-04-30 15:35:00

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