Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
6 - 12 JUNE 2022


FRUIT

Fruit Fabulously versatile, pears work well with sweet and savoury flavours. Flavours like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, sage, cardamom, curry, orange, mint, coriander, watercress and fennel team deliciously pears. Pears also make luscious desserts and baked goods like these moist pear and pecan muffins. Pears are a choice-buy at $2-$4 a kilo.

Fuji apples are crisp, and their sweet, dense flesh is delicious eaten raw or cooked. Medium-sized with thin red skin, it's in peak supply throughout the colder months and is currently $4-$6 a kilo.

  • Serve thinly sliced Fuji apple with cheese platters.
  • Add grated Fuji apple to pancake batters.
  • Toss julienned Fuji apple with a drizzle of lemon juice and add to crunchy winter coleslaws.

Juicy navel oranges are a thrifty buy at $2-$6.50 a kilo or buy a 3-kilo bag for $5-$7. Eat a Navel orange every day and naturally nourish your body with beneficial vitamin C. Each Navel orange contains two day's supply of this immune-boosting vitamin. As a bonus, being a low GI fruit, the carbohydrate is released slowly into the bloodstream for sustained energy.

Choose vibrant mandarins with glossy skin that feel heavy for their size. Use mandarins in the same way you enjoy oranges. Their juice is refreshing, and the zest adds a distinct zesty flavour to marinades and cakes, muffins and doughnut batters. While the plump flavoursome segments are delightful in salads and winter tray bakes like this mandarin and chilli pork tray bake. Depending on variety and size, mandarins are $4-$8 a kilo.

Winter is the peak supply of Australian lemons. Drizzle tomato-based casseroles and soups with lemon juice before serving to enhance flavour. Lemons are $4-$8 a kilo.

Delicately scented, exotic quinces are in good supply in June and July. Closely related to apples and pears, quince can be stewed, baked, poached or used to make jams, jellies and pastes. They are superb, slowly simmered in sugar and cinnamon syrup. Enjoy quince this week for $5-$6 a kilo.

The soft, white pulp of the custard apple is deliciously sweet and a good source of vitamin C. The African Pride and Pink Mammoth are the main varieties grown in Australia and sell for $8-$15 a kilo, depending on variety.

Hass avocados are in season and good value at $1.50-$3 each, depending on size. Avocados contain 'good' fat and are a good source of vitamin E. Ripe and ready fruit yields to gentle pressure.

Mix it up with kiwifruit – with three colours to choose from, each with its distinct coloured flesh and flavour profile, and vitamin C rich kiwifruits are delicious and nutritious. Expect to pay $6-$16 a kilo, depending on variety.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Prepare flavoursome swedes in similar ways to potatoes. This purple shouldered root vegetable has a delicate cabbage-like flavour and is a perfect winter favourite for adding to chunky vegetable soups and casseroles. It is also delightful boiled and mashed to serve with beef. Unearth swedes this week for $4-$6 a kilo which is approx. $1.50-$2 each.

Fresh fennel is in season, and it works well finely shredded in salads to add a delicate aniseed flavour. Once cooked, fennel becomes sweeter and softer, making it a tasty addition to soups, casseroles or roasted vegetable platters. Fennel is retailing at $2-$3 a bulb.

Versatile and nutritious Brussels sprouts are $7-$14 a kilo. TIP: Select small, even-sized, compact Brussels sprouts.

Choose leeks that have crisp long white stems with bright green tops. Large, juicy plump leeks sell for around $3-$3.50. Use leek instead of onion in soups, braises, casseroles or as a tasty side dish like this braised leeks with thyme Leek adds a subtle onion flavour and teams well with other vegetables

What celeriac lacks in appearance, it certainly makes up for in flavour and versatility. Celeriac has a delicate celery flavour and starchy texture, ideal for making a heavenly mush or creamy soup. Celeriac is $5-$6 a bulb; the small to medium-sized bulbs are the better buy.

Vibrantly coloured with a sweet earthy flavour, beetroot is delicious roasted and blended into a flavour-packed soup. It has a vibrant colour and is super tasty. The purple pigments in beetroot, known as anthocyanins, may act as antioxidants. Large beetroot bulbs are sold loose for $4-$5 a kilo.

Are you craving a sweet pick-me-up? Nibble on crunchy raw carrot sticks for a nutritious energy burst. Indulge in rich, creamy carrot and chickpea soup for a deliciously warming lunch or light dinner. In winter, at their best, use vivid orange carrots for soups, roasting, mashing, and casseroles. Bake a moist, easy orange, carrot and almond cake. Carrots are top value at $2 -$3 a kilo.

Packed with flavour and fibre, this veggie laden Vegan veggie and lentil soup is ideal for lunch or dinner. One of kales health benefits is that it provides iron (needed for red blood cells) and calcium (essential for healthy bones). Kale is a healthy buy at $3-$4 a bunch.

Fragrance fresh herbs add subtle or intense flavour without the extra kilojoules. Use herbs singly or team them up to enrich your winter cooking. Favourite winter includes; thyme, parsley, oregano and sage; all are plentiful and top quality in winter, budget on $3-$4 a bunch.

FLOWERS

Flowers Winter produces a stunning flush of seasonal flowers that lasts longer, provided they are stored away from direct heat and the water is changed regularly. Now is the time to enjoy blushing bride, local spray roses, tulips, cow udders, peach sticks, ornamental kale, roses, lavender, hyacinth, Oriental lilies, jonquils, daffodils, Dutch iris, sweetpeas, stock, mini gerbera and poppies. The potted cymbidium orchards and cyclamen are also a good buy.




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 2022-06-06 15:13:00

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