Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
7 - 13 JUNE 2021
The most recent apple variety to arrive at your local greengrocer is Yello apple; this attractive Japanese apple variety was developed in 1993 and is a cross between a Golden Delicious apple and an older Japanese variety called Senshu. Grown in Batlow, Yello are characterised by a vibrate yellow skin, crispy flesh and natural high sugar levels. Yellos are retailing for $7-$10 a kilo, depending on size.
Succulent and juicy pears are plentiful. Distinguishable by the squat shape and red blush on the skin, Corella pears are sweet eating and delicious eating and perfect for poaching, roasting or baking. Corella pears are $4-$7 a kilo. This pear bread and butter pudding is made more nutritious and delicious by the addition of pears.
Thin-skinned with a vivid orange rind and flesh colour Cara Cara oranges are low acid, naturally sweet orange with a refreshing tang. In season from late May to July, it’s the ideal time to discover these juicy gems for $3-$5 a kilo.
Fill your fruit bowl with vibrant coloured and juicy eating mandarins. There are several varieties to choose from ranging in price from $2-$6 a kilo. South Australian fruit is firm skinned and juicy.
Smooth and creamy Hass avocadoss are $1-$3 each, depending on size. This inexpensive meal of roasted kumara with eggs topped with avocado salsa is so hearty, nutritious and delicious.
Supplies of Queensland strawberries are increasing. Expect to pay $3-$6 for a 250g punnet.
If you like cauliflower, you will adore Fioretto. Also known as cauliflower blossom. This new comer to the veggie scene has succulent, tender long stems and edible white florets which have a delicate cauliflower flavour. A great alternative to cauliflower or broccolini, it is best enjoyed, steamed or stir-fried. Expect to pay $5-$6 a for a 400g punnet.
Mushrooms are a powerhouse of natural flavour and goodness. Fill a paper bag with mushrooms to enjoy at breakfast, lunch or dinner. Button, cup and flat mushrooms are selling for $10-$12 a kilo. Team roasted chestnuts and mushrooms together to make a ultra-tasty chestnuts and mushroom soup.
Vibrantly coloured with a sweet earthy flavour, beetroot is delicious roasted and blended into a soup. It has an vibrant rich ruby colour and is packed with flavour. The purple pigments in beetroot, known as anthocyanins is believed to act as antioxidants. A bunch of small beetroots are $2-$3 and larger single bulbs are $2-$3 a kilo.
Serve shaved fennel in salads, add to curries, serve them roasted, add to pasta dishes or use them soul-warming soups. Fennel bulbs are $1.50 $2 each.
Warm-up with immune-boosting kumara is packed with vitamins and fibre. Delicious roasted and mashed, kumara makes a great alternative to potatoes as colourful topping for a Cottage Pie. Kumara is $1-$4 a kilo, depending on the size.
Winter is the best time of the year to make the most of tasty parsnips. Delicious roasted, pureed or turned into a flavoursome soup, parsnips vary in size, so prices range from $7-$12 a kilo. We adore the depth of flavour that parsnips add to this dish parsnip, leek and beef ragu with pappardelle.
What celeriac lacks in appearance, it certainly makes up for in flavour and versatility. Celeriac has a delicate celery flavour and starchy texture, making it ideal for creating a heavenly mash or creamy soup. Celeriac is $5-$6 a bulb, small to medium-sized bulbs are the better buy.
Leeks are adored for their soft, oniony flavour and lovely aroma; use leeks are used as a base for a stew or braise, as you would onions. In addition leeks are perfect for featuring in a vegetable pie or team with potato, pumpkin, carrot or celeriac to make a creamy soup. Leeks are $2-$4 for a large single stem.
Nutritious Brussels sprouts are full of goodness, and the quality is superb; expect to pay $3-$6 a kilo. This flavoursome Cauliflower, spinach & chickpea curry is perfect for meatless Mondays.
Kalettes a quirky cross-breed between Brussel sprouts and kale. That you should get to know; they are milder in taste Brussel sprouts than and not as bitter as kale. Plus they boost they contain double the amount of vitamin B6 and vitamin C than classic Brussel sprouts. Kalettes are now in season and available for $5- $7 a kilo. Most greengrocer still them in prepacked 500g bags.
Versatile eggplant is a magnet for flavours, soaking up what every you team them with. We adore the way they work so deliciously with Asian flavours like miso or give them the Mediterranean treatment with this Moroccan roasted eggplants with lamb dish. Field grown eggplants are a bargain at $3-$5 a kilo. Glasshouse eggplants are $4-$7 a kilo
There are good supplies of tulips, celosia, stock, chrysanthemums, snap dragons, roses, carnations, gerbera, casablanca lilies, magnolia leaves and flowers, white jonquils, sea holly, banksia and lisianthus in stores this week. TIP: To maximize the shelf life of flowers, strip your flower stems of leaves and thorns below the water line and keep the water fresh by changing every day.
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 2021-06-07 13:49:00Print Page