Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
4 - 10 APRIL 2022


FRUIT

Fruit There is a fabulous selection of quality grapes to enjoy this week. Choose plump, firm grapes by the bunch. Depending on the variety, grapes range from $3-$20 a kilo.

Several last season plum varieties are still available at your local greengrocer selling for $4-$8 a kilo. Enjoy plums as a healthy snack, or whip up a tasty dessert of poached plums or a tangy plum crumble.

Lemons and limes are plentiful and invaluable ingredients in the kitchen; add the zest to salads and bake goods or sauces. Use the juice to make salad dressings, deglaze a pan or reduce the richness of a dish. Lemons are $3-$5 a kilo, depending on quality, and limes are 80¢-1.50 each, depending on size.

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 pudding. Pomegranates sell for $1.50-$6 each, depending on size and quality. This jap pumpkin, rocket and pomegranate quinoa salad is fabulous served with lamb or fish.

Glossy, amber-coloured, sweet persimmons (the non-astringent type) are plentiful. Enjoyed them crunchy or wait until the skin becomes translucent and they turn soft. Sweet persimmons are $5- $15 a kilo, depending on quality and size.

New-season, easy to peel Imperial and Afourer mandarins from Gayndah and Childers in Queensland, are available at your local greengrocer. Expect to pay $3-$10 a kilo, depending on size and eating quality. Fruitezy can vary in sweetness at this time of year.

Nourishing avocados are a tasty addition to autumn meals. Add diced avocado to salads and pasta dishes or try mashing avocado with a bit of sweet chilli sauce and serve in a burrito with barbecued chicken. This recipe for avocado and tomato salsa fish tortillas is perfect for lunch or dinner. Shepard avocados are $1-$3 each.

If you have ever travelled through South East Asia, you have probably seen or enjoyed the exotically different mangosteen. Its subtle, delicate, sweet-acid taste is refreshingly different and unlike other fruits. This week you will find mangosteens for around $15 a kilo or roughly $3 each. Learn more about exotically different mangosteens.

Everyone loves apples, but we all have our favourites. We are at the peak of the apple season for range. Apples, now in season include Mi, Jazz, Kanzi, Bravo, Rocket, Royal Gala, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Jonathon, Fuji and Pink Lady. Depending on the variety, size and quality, expect to pay $2-$8 a kilo.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Cauliflowers are exquisite at this time of year and ideal for making a cauliflower pizza crust. This low fat and carb option slashes the kilojoules compared to a standard pizza base. This week, you can pop a nutritious 'cauli' in your trolley for $3-$5 ahead and try this low-kilojoule cauliflower crust margarita pizza.

Versatile traditional zucchinis are perfect for adding to casseroles, frittata, ratatouille or sauté slices in olive oil and garlic or cook them on the barbecue. Zucchinis are $3-$6 a kilo, depending on size. Alternatively, if you prefer, the pale green-skinned Lebanese zucchini are $5-$10 a kilo.

Golden-fleshed pumpkin has a nutty and sweet flavour. Add Butternut, Jap and Jarrahdale pumpkins to your autumn cooking; it is delicious mashed, roasted or steamed and ideal for adding to a frittata or pasta. Whole Jap, Jarrahdale, and Butternut pumpkins are $1-$2 a kilo. Add a little extra if the pumpkin is cut into halves or wedges.

Bean sprouts are delicious added to stir dishes, pop a generous handful to your stir-fry this week or serve them with Thai curry or Vietnamese pancake for as little as $2-$3 for a 150g packet.

Refreshing and versatile Lebanese cucumbers are cheaper at $6-$8 a kilo this week. Serving suggestion Thinly slice lengthways with a vegetable peeler to create attractive ribbons team with smoked salmon, capers and drizzle with lime juice. Serve with pumpernickel bread.

Victorian grown broccolini supplies are picking up. Select broccolini with compact buds and firm stems. Broccolini is good value at $3 a bunch. This char-grilled broccolini with tahini chicken is delicious.

March to June is the peak time for chestnuts. Cooked chestnuts have a sweet taste and a texture similar to a roast potato. Chestnuts can be boiled, baked, grilled or roasted. The best eating chestnuts have a glossy brown shell and feel heavy for their size. This week chestnuts are $5-$12 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

Watercress's delicate peppery flavour is delicious tossed through a salad. At $3 -$3.50 a bunch, it's also top value. For a quick salad, combine 3- cups of watercress sprigs with 250g halved cherry tomatoes, 100g crumbled feta cheese, and 225g can drained flaked tuna. Sprinkle with 2 thinly sliced green onions (shallots) and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and serve. Watercress is also delicious as a side vegetable sautéed with garlic.

FLOWERS

Flowers Premium quality proteas are a choice buy this week. Gerbera, roses, asters, dahlias, sunflowers, traditional tulips and Siam tulips, bouvardia, stock, lisianthus, carnations and Bird of Paradise are plentiful.




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 2022-04-04 14:49:00

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