Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
4 to 10 May 2020
Market Report Podcast on 2GB
Tune in to discover what's in season at your local greengrocer as Sue Dodd shares tips, hints and cooking ideas for this week’s fresh fruit and veggie best buys with Michael McLaren on 2GB's Wake Up Australia program.
Australia’s number one selling fruit is bananas. All Australian grown these convenient packages of goodness are easy to eat and available all year round. Priced at $2-$3 a kilo bananas are a bargain. Celebrate the banana and whip up your favourite banana cake. This banana, lime & coconut cake is one of our favourites, the addition on coconut gives it’s a tropical feel.
Juicy Imperial mandarins are ripe and ready to enjoy. Easy to [peel and loaded with vitamin C, this week fruit is retailing at $3-$6 a kilo, depending on size.
Add a dash of lemon juice or a sprinkle of lemon rind to your cooking for a refreshing contrast to the richness of meat or poultry casseroles and soups. Good quality lemons are $2-$4 a kilo.
Wrap washed, cored and halved quince with orange rind, cinnamon and butter in foil and bake until tender for the easiest of desserts. Baked quince is delicious teamed with lamb, duck or roast pork. Quinces are $3-$5 a kilo.
Sweet and crisp Golden Delicious apples are, popular in French desserts like a classic tart tatin. Australians traditionally like to cook with Granny Smith apples, which are slightly firmer and tarter in flavour. Both apples are delicious and in season at your local greengrocer. Golden Delicious are $4-$5 a kilo and Granny Smith $1-$4 a kilo, depending on size.
Persimmons both the traditional soft eating variety and the newer crisp, non-astringent variety (known as sweet persimmon) both have a flavour reminiscent of honey and apricot. Like an apple this crunchy sweet persimmon variety can be sliced and is a refreshing flavoursome addition to autumn salads, while the traditional soft eating, astringent variety turns gooey soft is a divine served with porridge or ice-cream. Persimmons are retailing for $5-$10 a kilo, depending on the variety.
Tomato from Bundaberg and South Australia are well supplied, depending on variety and size, you can pick up tomatoes for $3-$6 a kilo. Cherry, grape and mini Roma punnets are $2-$3.
Trusty celery is an all year round staple that shines as a soup, casserole or stir-fry ingredient as the weather turns chilly. Enjoy its crunch texture in chunky minestrone or transform a whole bunch creamy celery & blue cheese soup. Celery is available at your local greengrocer for $3-$4 a bunch.
Radicchio’s stunning purple-red leaves add vibrancy to an autumn salad. Balance radicchios slightly bitter flavour by adding sweetness to your salad with the addition of slices of Corella pear, orange segments or diced apple. A healthy alternative to lettuce – radicchio is only $3-$4 a head at your local greengrocer.
Versatile carrots are kitchen essential – to be enjoyed raw or added to soups, casseroles or curries. If you are looking to change thing up a notch, it’s a great time to pick up bunched or Dutch carrots. Apart from the classic orange coloured variety you can also find, the antioxidant-rich purple carrots, yellow and white carrots which are delicious roasted. Try our Moroccan-style roasted veggies. Carrots are $1.50-$3 a kilo and bunched, or coloured carrots are $3-$4 a bunch.
With its lively flavour, fennel brings a fresh Mediterranean taste to autumn dishes. Crunchy and delicious eaten raw, it is said that raw fennel aids digestion. On cooking, its aniseed flavour mellows. Use fennel in salads, pasta dishes or roast. Fennel is a fabulous buy at $1.50-$2 a head.
Leeks won’t make you cry, but they will add a delicious, onion flavour to soups, casseroles, stir-fries and pasta dishes. Pick up a plump flavour packed stem for $2-$3 each. Choose leeks that have crisp long white stems with bright green tops. Store them in the vegetable crisper for up to 1 week.
Nutritious and versatile orange fleshed sweet potato (known as kumara) is shines in autumn for value and versatility. Use for a mash, chips, soups, or layer thin slices to make a gratin. Kumara is $2-$4 a kilo, the larger tubers are cheaper per kilo.
With their slightly nutty flavour, Jerusalem artichokes are perfect for soups, roasting and adding to mashes. They team well with potato. Choose firm artichokes with thin, pale-golden skin. The least knobbly ones are the easiest to peel or scrub. Store them in a paper bag in the fridge and use within 4–5 days. Gently scrub the skin with a soft brush or peel using a vegetable peeler. Jerusalem artichokes are $5-$7 a kilo. Whip up our Jerusalem artichoke, leek and bacon soup.
Broccoli is bursting with natural goodness fresh broccoli should be rapidly cooked to retain its vibrant colour and flavour. Add broccoli to pasta, soup, stir-fries or top with cheese to serve as a gratin. Broccoli is $3.50-$5 a kilo.
Bean prices are easing as supplies increase. Machine picked green beans are a thrifty buy at $5-$6 a kilo or the premium hand-picked beans are $10-$12 a kilo. Toss cooked beans with toasted almonds and serve with hummus.
It is time to roast chestnuts to perfection -Preheat oven to 200oC. Cut a small cross into the round side of each chestnut. Place on a baking tray and roast for 15 minutes or until the skin peels back. Wrap chestnuts in a tea-towel and set aside for 5 minutes. Peel and eat while warm. Chestnuts are selling for are $5-$12 a kilo.
With their vibrant purple-red colour and sweet earthy flavour, beetroot provides stunning colour for autumn meals. Roast unpeeled beetroot bulbs with a sprinkling of cumin and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve topped with natural yoghurt. Beetroot are $3-$4 a bunch.
Serve up a creamy bowl of mashed potatoes. There is a good supply of potatoes at your local greengrocer, and many will have bargain buy like Brush potatoes for $4-$6 for 5 a kilo bag or red-skinned Desiree potatoes, 5 kilo for $5-$7.
Fresh black olives are also now available and now is the ideal time to try your handed at home preserving. Olives are available for $3-$8 a kilo. Ask your greengrocer for a special price on a 10 kilo box.
Don’t forget the flowers for Mum. Call your local florist and place an order. Supplies of imported fresh cut flowers down by 40% and as Mother’s day is one of the busiest days in the flower-giving calendar. Australian flowers will be in big demand. Traditional favourites – Chrysanthemums come in range of colours and flower heads.
Other popular flowers and foliage include gerberas, stock, local roses, snapdragon, hyacinth, tulips, bird of paradise, celosia, gum nuts, freesia, veronica, sunflower, protea, silver dollar gum, viburnum or glossy magnolia leaves.
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, Marketing Consultant on 0438 725 453.
Published On 2020-05-04 20:28:00Print Page