Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
30 September - 6 October 2019


VEGETABLES

VegetablesPale, aromatic bulbs of fennel are delicious eating and fantastic value at $0.70-$1.50 per head. Fennel has virtually no fat and few kilojoules making it an ideal ingredient for those trying to control weight.

Flavoursome broad beans are still available for $4-$6 a kilo. Remove bean from the pod, shell a second time then simmer in boiling water until just tender. Broad beans team superbly with chicken, lamb, mushrooms, feta, mint, potatoes and artichokes.

Crisp, tender and naturally sweet snow peas are $6-$8 a kilo. The smaller pods are the most tender. Kick start your healthier eating plan with this low-fat spring greens & chicken salad.

Premium quality and ultra-inexpensive Australian grown asparagus is at its peak. Make the most of the extremely adaptable and super tasty green asparagus at $1.50-$2 a bunch and try the plump, purple asparagus which is also available this week at $2.50-$3 a bunch. Try this asparagus, tomato & haloumi salad.

When was the last time you tasted fresh peas? Now is the time to enjoy crisp, sweet, easy to prepare fresh spring peas. For the tastiest peas choose bright pods that are firm and plump, but not bulging. Add shelled peas to a salad, serve them with spring lamb or toss through pasta like this minted pea, bacon & ricotta spaghetti. Kids love shelling peas and best of all they are most likely to eat them during the preparation. Peas are $4-$6 a kilo.

Generally sold wrapped in plastic to protect its thin skin and moist content, Telegraph cucumbers are in season and a thrifty $1.50-$2 each. Dice and add to a salsa or grate and whip up a tzatziki dip.

The refreshing flavour of mint is a tasty addition to an Asian style salad. Toss mint leaves with coriander leaves, thinly sliced cucumber, chopped green onions (shallots) and shredded cooked chicken. Drizzle with a mixture of sweet chilli sauce, fish sauce and lime juice. Top with chopped roasted peanuts and serve. Grab a bunch of fresh mint this week for only $1.50-$2 a bunch.

FRUIT

FruitGolden-yellow skinned honeydew and tasty rockmelons from Queensland are a choice buy at $3-$5 each.

Brimming with healthy goodness, tropical-tasting papaya from Far North Queensland is a $3-$6 a kilo. A fragrant aroma is a good indication of good flavour.

Bananas make the perfect snack - they’re a convenient and brilliant value at $2.50-$4 a kilo. Whip up a healthy avocado & banana spinach smuggler smoothie.

Darwin’s succulent, sweet Kensington Pride and R2E2 mangoes are bursting with tropical flavour. Make a quick mango salsa to serve with a curry or barbecued chicken or pork by combining diced mango with chopped red chilli, lime juice and chopped coriander leaves. Mangoes are $2-$6 each, depending on the variety.

Luscious strawberries from Western Australia, Queensland, Sydney are plentiful. The Sydney strawberries are particularly good eating at this time of year. Fruit is fragrant, highly coloured and loaded with flavour and only $1.50-$4 a punnet, strawberries superb value.

Spring pineapples are sweet eating. Enjoy them in a fruit salad; add them to a Thai style curry, a sweet and sour dish, kids love a classic ham and pineapple pizza or try out Sri Lankan chilli pineapple with chicken skewers. Small-sized Queensland grown pineapples are $2-$3 each, larger sizes $3-$6 each.

FLOWERS

FlowersSpring blooms include, red and white waratahs, king protea, ranunculus, boronia, sweet peas, stock, lily of the valley, anemones, snapdragons, Queen Anne’s lace, flannel flowers, daisies, tulips, freesias, stock, iris, lavender, alstroemeria, kangaroo paw, poppies, bird of paradise, paper daisy, peppercorn foliage, gerbera and delphinium.

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 2019-09-30 17:25:00

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