Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
30 MAY – 5 JUNE 2022
Medjool dates have sweet soft flesh with a delicate hint of caramel. Enjoy fresh dates as a healthy snack, or add seed dates to cakes, puddings, and porridge. This pear, date and chocolate crumble recipe is a delicious dessert. Our tip is to double the topping mixture and store half in the freezer so that you can reduce the preparation time for your next crumble. Medjool dates are $10-$26 a kilo and are sold loose or in punnets.
Naturally, delicious pears are a choice buy. Depending on variety and size, you can enjoy Packham and Beurre Bosc pears this week for $2-$4 a kilo.
Delicately scented, exotic quinces are in good supply. Closely related to apples and pears, quince can be stewed, baked, poached, or used to make jams, jellies, and pastes. They are superb, slowly simmered in sugar and cinnamon syrup. So, enjoy quince this week for $4-$6 a kilo.
Kiwifruits are in peak season, and you now have the choice of three colours, green, gold, and red flesh varieties. Depending on colour and size, green kiwifruit is available for $4-$7 a kilo; red kiwifruits are available in pre-packs of around 600g punnets for $5-$7 and gold kiwifruit is $7-$12 a kilo. One kiwifruit supplies more than twice the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, so they’re an excellent immunity booster.
Juicy winter lemons are a great buy at $3-$6 a kilo, depending on size. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to winter soups and stews to reduce the richness and enhance the flavour.
Fill your fruit bowl with vibrant, orange-coloured mandarins. Choose from including Daisy, Nova, and Imperial, so prices range from $3-$6 a kilo. South Australian fruit is firm skinned and juicy.
Irresistible crisp apples are a winter favourite, and Granny Smith apples are a popular choice for cooking. Homemade apple crumbles, spicy apple cakes and old-fashioned baked apples are easy to make and taste divine. Small-sized Granny Smith apples are $3-$3.50 a kilo, with larger sizes selling for $3-$5 a kilo. These apple and pecan crumble are a scrumptious quick dessert. TIP: Make the crumble topping and freeze half– so you have a short ready for the next batch.
Warm up with tasty kumara; it is delicious roasted, mashed, added to a curry, or pureed to create a creamy soup. Kumara is $2-$4 a kilo.
Mushrooms are a powerhouse of natural flavour and goodness. Fill a paper bag with mushrooms to enjoy at breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Button, cups, and flat mushrooms are selling for $10-$16 a kilo.
Crisp, fresh fennel imparts a rich aniseed flavour to winter casseroles, soups, and bakes. It softens deliciously on cooking and compliments a range of chicken and fish dishes. This aromatic bulb can also be eaten raw, either shredded or finely sliced on a V-slicer and tossed into coleslaws and crunchy winter salads. Fennel is $1.50-$2.50 a bulb.
Victorian celery is an excellent buy at $2.50-43 a bunch (bunches sizes vary). Enjoy celery’s crunchy texture in hearty winter soups or add to stir-fries and risottos.
One of the healthiest greens, vibrant curly leafed kale is a rich source of vitamins. This crinkly-leafed green also provides iron and calcium. Strip leaves from the stems and chop, then toss in a hot pan with olive oil, crushed garlic, chopped red chilli and a scattering of currants. Heat until the kale wilts, then serve warm. Kale is $3-$4 a bunch.
Vibrant eggplants are so versatile and delicious teamed with Asian or Mediterranean flavours. Enjoy eggplant grilled, roasted, steamed, or fried; its soft spongy texture is fabulous for absorbing flavours in winter cooking like curries and lasagne. Eggplant is super tasty, crumbed and deep-fried too. Expect to pay $3-$8 a kilo.
Potatoes make a meal more wholesome and satisfying. Warm up with roasted, boiled, or mashed potatoes. Brushed Sebago, Desiree and Pontiac are selling for $3-$4 a kilo. Stretch your grocery budget by purchasing potatoes in 2 or 5-kilo bags. This recipe for warming Irish-style mashed potatoes, sometimes called Colcannon, is simply delicious!
Onions: Their versatility can only surpass their unique flavour. French onion soup, caramelised onion frittata or onion bhajis are delicious ways to appreciate the taste of onions. Onions become sweeter with cooking. Brown onions are $2.50-$4 a kilo.
Premium quality carrots are $1.50-$2 for kilo bags or $2-$2.50 for loose bigger carrots. The more highly coloured carrots contain higher levels of vitamin A. Add carrots to a roasting pan and roast until tender they are genuinely delicious or make a tasty carrot and lentil soup.
Snap up freshly harvested Victorian chestnuts. Roasting chestnuts is easy; cut a shallow cross through the flat side of each chestnut and roast at 200oC for 30 minutes; cool slightly that peel while still warm. Add cooked chestnuts to stir-fries, meat stuffing, winter soups or roasted vegetables. Chestnuts are $8-$12 a kilo, depending on variety and size. This creamy cauliflower and chestnut soup is super tasty and easy to make.
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 2022-05-30 16:55:00Print Page