Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
6 to 12 April 2020


FRUIT

FruitPomegranates are available mid-autumn until late winter. The dynamic colour, tangy nectar and abundant seeds of the pomegranate have made it a symbol of love and plenty. It is only the sweet-tart flavoured seeds and juice that are edible. Pomegranates are $1-$4 each, depending on size. This Jap pumpkin, rocket & pomegranate quinoa salad is packed with goodness.

There is a good supply of flavoursome, inexpensive and good to eating rockmelon available at your local greengrocer. It’s time to pop rockmelons back on the shopping list as they are only $2-$4 each.

Despite the fact that they have a creamy texture bananas contain no fat at all. Bananas make an ideal snack. Use bananas in or serve with pancakes, add to muffins and cakes or shake up a delicious smoothie. This week bananas are $2-$4 a kilo, depending on size.

Smooth and creamy-fleshed custard apples are in season and ripe for enjoying for breakfast, dessert or try baking with custard apples. For breakfast try our custard apple & super seed bircher muesli. For dessert mix flesh with raspberries, and toasted almonds and serve with ice-cream. However if you are enjoying some baking theory will self-isolating at home than this Custard apple teacake is delicious served with a cuppa. Custard apples, depending on variety are $4-$10 a kilo.

Good for you, sweet persimmons are a good source of vitamin C which contributes to the normal functioning of the body’s immune system. In season now, enjoy them firm and crunchy. Enjoy them thinly sliced and served witha soft creamy cheese or like this simple idea - sweet persimmon, serrano ham & rocket salad. Sweet persimmons are 50 cent to $3 each, depending on size and fullness of colour.

New-season Kanzi and Jazz apples are $3-$8 a kilo, depending on size. Alternative $3-$6 Granny Smith are a choice cooking apple and another tasty apple is the Royal Gala are superb eating at $3-$6 a kilo.

There is a fabulous selection of quality grapes to enjoy this week, including, Crimson seedless, Black Sapphire, Thompson seedless, Midnight Beauty and Sultana. Grapes do not ripen off the vine, tasting a grape is the best indicator of flavour. Depending on variety most grapes are retailing at $4-$10 a kilo.

Plums mellow sweetness makes them ideal for using in sweet and savoury dishes. Late season plum varieties include September Candy are delicious eating, you can also pick up Tegan Blue, Flavour Fall, Angelina and October Sun expect to pay $3-$12 a kilo. Fresh plums are ideal for stewing to serve with yoghurt or top stewed plums with a crumble topping and bake.

Creamy Shepard avocados contain ‘good’ unsaturated fat and are the richest source of vitamin E of all fruits and vegetables. Ripe avocados yield to gentle pressure around the stem. If firm, leave at room temperature for 2-3 days. Expect to pay $2-$4 each, depending on size. This Easter try our super easy and extra tasty Avocado & tomato salsa fish tortillas.

Stock up on juicy limes for Easter will they are plentiful and only 50 cents-$1 ach or $3-$4 a kilo.

Salad tomato prices have eased this week as volumes increase. Expect to pay around $3-$5 a kilo.

VEGETABLES

VegetablesA delightful array of Asian vegetables are available from your local greengrocer. Add a delicious crunch and goodness to your stir-fries by adding a bunch of choy sum or pak choy. Asian greens are $2-$2.50 a bunch.

Pick up a packet of fresh bean sprouts that are delicious added to a stir-fry, fried rice, curries, Pad Thai salad or sautéed with garlic and served as a side dish. A 250g packet retails for around $2-$2.50.

Kale is a leafy green vegetable that is packed full of nutrients and just one cup contains about 100% of your daily requirements of vitamins A, C & K. Try this nourishing Asian mushroom, kale &tofu miso ramen. Make a big pot and enjoy over a few days. It’s perfect for a quick lunch. Kale is $2-$3 a bunch.

Kumara is low GI and its sweet orange flesh adds colour to the plate. Mash kumara with grated ginger and a pinch of allspice. Perfect served with roast beef or chicken. Kumara is $3-$5 a kilo.

Fennel is a crisp, root vegetable with a delicate aniseed flavour that complements lamb and seafood. Fennel also teams deliciously with pears and plums. Serve thinly sliced fennel in this grape tomato, prawn, chilli & fennel linguine as an accompaniment to a hot curry or add to a Fennel, lemon and prawn risotto. Fennel is $1.50-$2.50 a bulb.

11 scrumptious ways to make the most of chestnuts. Chestnuts can be baked, microwaved, roasted, grilled, barbecued or boiled. The first and most cricial step is to cut a large cross into the side of the shell. This ensures that the shell is easy to remove once they are cooked. Chestnuts are $7-$12 a kilo, depending on size and variety.

Large flat mushrooms are extra tasty and perfect for serving as a light meal or entree. Try grilling jumbo flats with a dollop of sage and garlic butter, serve on toasted sourdough bread with baby spinach leaves. You can pick up mushrooms for $7-$12 a kilo. Rich in umami flavour these mushroom and bacon burgers a family favourite.

Crisp Iceberg lettuce is a family favourite. Shred or tear leaves for a casual salad or use the lettuce cups to serve a tasty filling like this recipe for veggie & chicken lettuce cups. Iceberg lettuce are $2.50-$3.50 each.

Golden cobs of sweetcorn are selling for 70¢-$1 a cob. Whip up a batch tasty sweet corn fritters we have 3 recipes for you to try.

With 5 kilo bags for versatile brush potatoes available for $4-$6. This is a thrifty buy and ideal for making a batch of potato & sweetcorn croquettes.

FLOWERS

FlowersTreat yourself to a bunch of fresh flowers. This week’s best buys include, lisianthus, snapdragon, dahlia, celosia, snowberries, arum lilies, oriental lilies, pineapple lily, pink ice protea, hyacinth, gerbera, beehive ginger, sedum is finishing, water lilies, roses are stunning at is time of year, especially the David Austin roses, stock, chrysanthemums, hanging amaranth, dancing lady and Easter daisies.

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 2020-04-06 17:25:00

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