Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
5 - 11 March 2018
Enticing new season Royal gala, Fuji, Golden Delicious and Delicious apples are super crisp and tasty. Bite into apple this week for $2-$8 a kilo depending on variety and size.
Sweet persimmons season has started. Sweet persimmon also known as Fuji fruit look like are persimmon however unlike traditional persimmons, they can be eaten hard and crisp. Their attractive tangerine coloured flesh is a tasty addition to a salad or cheese board. Expect to pay $2-$4 a kilo, depending on size and quality.
Autumn heralds the arrival of new season custard apples. Sweet with a creamy texture, custard apples are delicious for breakfast served with vanilla yoghurt, passionfruit and toasted coconut. Custard apples are $8-$10 a kilo.
We are spoiled for choice when it comes to grapes varieties. Fruit is ranging in colour from green, yellow, red or black. We highly recommend the new black skinned seedless variety called Melody. They are bursting with flavour and super crunchy. Another favourite is the Crimson seedless, pink, super crunchy and plentiful. Grapes are available from your local greengrocer for $3-$15 a kilo, depending on variety.
It’s time to discover finger limes. This Australian native citrus also known as "citrus caviar" offers a pleasant burst in the mouth citrus flavour and pop of texture that is ideal for serving with avocados, papaya, oysters and teamed with creamy rich dessert is reduces richness. Sold in punnets finger limes are available fresh until April.
Pomegranates are increasingly being recognised as a rich source of antioxidants and adored for their dynamic ruby coloured nectar and arils. Pomegranates are in season and only $3-$6 each. Sprinkle them over an Autumn salad.
Flavoursome Williams’ pears are a top buy at $2-$4 a kilo. Roasted pears are a superb accompaniment to roast pork and combine deliciously with parsnips. Remember that pears continue to ripen are harvesting so select firm, mature pears and ripen at room temperature. If poaching or roasting pears, use firm pears for the best result.
Cauliflower cheese has long been a childhood favourite but you want believe how fabulous this snow-white brassica is when broken into florets are sprinkled with cumin and roasted until soft and slightly crunchy. Pop a cauli in the trolley this week for $3-$4 a head.
Slender, fleshy and dark green in colour, snake beans are tender, mild-flavoured and versatile. Snake beans are at their peak freshness and value early autumn and selling for $2.50-$3 a bunch.
Sweet by name and sweet by nature – sweetcorn is a choice by at 80¢-$1 a cob.
Okra also known as Lady’s Fingers are a green furry pod that is used in soups, casseroles, curries and are delicious battered and deep fried. Trim 500g okra and cook in boiling water for 5 minutes. Okra is $8-$10 a kilo.
Salad and Roma tomatoes are plentiful this week as supplies from Victoria, Queensland and NSW have all come to market at the same time. If you haven’t already done so, it’s a good time to homemade tomato sauce or tomato relish as late season fruit is richly flavoured and perfect for cooking or adding to a salad at $2.50-$4 a kilo.
Shepard avocados are a pear-shaped variety with a smooth green skin and a golden buttery flesh which does not turn brown when cut. With an average size 200g-320g they are in season from February to May and good value at $2-$4 each, depending on size.
Turn the humble pumpkin into a star performer this week. Jap pumpkins are delicious roasted and used in salads; they also add a golden colour and nutty sweetness to pasta dishes, a Massaman curry, risotto or a frittata. Jap pumpkins have a bright orange flesh and sweet nutty flavour; expect to pay $1-$2 a kilo, whole.
The alluring aroma of fresh caramelising onions is guarantees to please. Barbecues are not complete without onions served with snags or steak sandwiches. Grab a kilo of brown onions for $2-$3 a kilo and red onions $2-$3.
Carrots are very tasty at the moment and good value at $1.50-$2 for a kilo bag and up to $2.50 for larger carrots, sold loose. Microwave sliced carrots in a drizzle of honey and a little butter until tender.
When visiting your local green grocer this week keep an eye out for fresh pistachio nuts. Available for only 4-5 weeks they are a season al treat. Their attractive soft, pink and yellow mottled skin covers the hard, semi spit shell. The nut itself is mild tasting with a creamy texture and is delicious as a healthy snack and a tasty addition to baked goods. Expect to pay $15-$20 a kilo.
Asian leafy greens like bok choy, choy sum, gai lum and on choy/ Kan Kong (water spinach) are terrific value at $1.50-$2 a bunch. Make a stir-fry healthier and boost the texture and colour.
Autumn flowers are top quality visit your local florist and pick up a bunch of lisianthus, dahlia, celosia, oriental lilies, pineapple lily, Siam tulips, sedum, beehive ginger, sunflowers, rose (loving the Cappuccino roses), tulips, chrysanthemums, hanging amaranth, dancing lady, tiger lily, Easter daisies, carnations, gerberas, bouvardia or tuberoses.
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 2018-03-05 15:35:00Print Page