Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
31 MAY - 4 JUNE 2021


FRUIT

Fruit The best eating Imperial mandarins are now coming from Mildura. Queensland grown Nova, Daisy and Afourer are premium quality and available from your local greengrocer. All mandarins are ranging from for $2-$5 a kilo.

Succulent and juicy pears are plentiful. Serve pears poached or baked or slice semi-ripe pears and toss rockets, toasted walnuts and shaved pecorino cheese. Packham and Buerru Bosc pears are $2-$4 a kilo.

Queensland strawberries are extra flavoursome, smell divine and are highly coloured at this time of year, you can pick them up for $4-$6 a punnet. Victorian stories are a thrifty option at $3-$4 a punnet but use them quickly. Team strawberies with apples, pears or rhubarb to make tasty and healthy winter desserts.

Rich in calcium and fibre, rhubarb is tangy rich tangy flavoured. It is often teamed with apples or pears but always with sugar to make scrumptious sweet and fruity desserts. Rhubarb is a seasonal favourite, pick up a bunch for $4-$5.

Quality Hass avocados are super value at $1-$3 each. Their creamy texture and the buttery-nutty flavour teams deliciosly with tomatoes, ham, prosciutto, green onions, lemon and pepper. Team avocado with citrus and fennel in a winter salad, or rather than get a take-away make delicious avocado, tomato and feta smash and egg burgers

Zesty, juicy lemons are a cook’s best friend. A squeezy of lemon juice can make tee flavours together or make a dish zing with flavour. Lemons are selling for $2-$6 a kilo. This 5-minute gremolata recipe is an easy way to boost flavours and add freshness to your winter cooking.

Pink Lady apples are good eating and priced at $2-$6 depending on size. Jazza, Kanzi and Fuji apples are $5-$8 a kilo. Granny Smith apples are a favourite for cooking; depending on sizes, apples are $2-$6 a kilo. Try these apple and golden syrup pudding.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Fresh fennel is a thrifty buy at $2-$2.50 a bulb. On cooking, fennel becomes sweeter, adding a mild aniseed flavour to soups, casseroles,or imply roast it to serve with lamb or chicken. This one-pot braised fennel, lemon and thyme chicken is so easy to make,we suggest making double and freezing half.

Celebrate the cooler weather with earthy root vegetables. Roasting root vegetables concentrates their inherent sweetness making them delicious to serve with cooked meats or added to soups. Tasmania and Victorian grown carrots are a thrifty buy at $1.50-$2.50 a kilo

Choose leeks that have crisp long white stems with bright green tops. A large, juicy plump leek is selling for around $2.50-$3. Use leek instead of onion in soups, braises and casseroles. Leek adds a subtle onion flavour and teams well with other vegetables.

Economical and healthy leafy kale is a popular choice. Pan fry with garlic, currants and pinenuts. Kale is a rich source of vitamins, including C, E, K, folate and beta carotene (converted to vitamin A in the body). 100g of kale has more than two days supply of vitamin C. Kale is a bargain at $1.50-$3 a bunch.

Winter is the ideal time to make the most of aromatic fresh herbs. Enjoy sage with fish, pork, duck, cheese, breads, potato, pumpkin, peas, leeks, veal, chicken and mushroom. Thyme is perfect teamed with chicken, stock, lemons, parsnip, potatoes, zucchini, squash and sausages. Pick up a bunch of fresh herbs for $2-$3.

Serve roasted butternut pumpkin with goat’s cheese and rockets as a tasty salad. Or whip up a winter classic butternut pumpkin soup. Whole butternut pumpkins are good value at $1-$3 a kilo.

Bargain shoppers take note, celery to a top buy this week at $2-$4 a bunch, depending on size. Enjoy celery raw as a snack or add to soups, casseroles and stir-fries.

One of the most popular and great value varieties, brown onions have a pungent, sharp flavour when used raw but develop a delicious sweetness with cooking because the volatile oils convert to sugar. Use brown onions for casseroles, soups, stocks, risotto and of course caramelised onions with a BBQ sausage sandwich. Versatile brown onions are $1.50-$3 a kilo.

Top-quality globe artichokes are now in season and selling for $2-$2.50 each. Boil trimmed globe artichokes until tender, then slice and combine with diced tomatoes, baby bocconcini, parsley, pepper and olive oil to serve with crusty bread. Master the art of cooking artichokes with this simple recipe, globe artichokes with prosciutto. Artichoke

Super-healthy and tasty Brussels sprouts are in season and available at your local greengrocer for $4-$7 a kilo. Select Brussels sprouts of a similar size to ensure that all Brussels sprouts cook in the same amount of time. Take your Brussel sprouts to a new level with this tasty recipe, Brussels sprouts with chorizo and crispy breadcrumbs.

Do you enjoy a bowl of creamy mashed potato or crispy golden roast potatoes than be sure to pick up a bag of brush potatoes, as your local greengrocer is offer good deals of a 5-kilo bags of potatoes for around $4-$5.

FLOWERS

Flowers Mild sunny days have produced a quality harvest of stock, ornamental kale, chrysanthemums, carnations, hyacinth, protea, tulips, snap dragons, sunflower, wattle, sea holly, bottle brush, delphiniums, oriental lilies, carnation, calla lily, white jonquils and glossy magnolia leaves, visit your local florist for a special bunch.



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 2021-05-31 15:18:21

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