Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
6 - 12 May 2019


VEGETABLES

VegetablesLarge, snow white cauliflowers are superb quality and a thrifty buy at $2-$4 a kilo.

Fennel's crisp texture and subtle aniseed flavour teams deliciously with lamb, fish, oranges, pears or tomato. Enjoy fennel sautéed, steamed, microwaved or baked. Try fennel thinly sliced and add to soups, salads or pasta sauces. Fennel is $1.50-$2 a bulb.

Build up your immunity with Brussels sprouts; they are loaded with vitamin C! For something a little different, finely shred Brussels sprouts and stir-fry with diced bacon, pine-nuts and garlic. Brussels sprouts are $5-$7 a kilo.

Leafy greens like silverbeet are ideal for adding to hearty soups. Silverbeet teams beautifully with potato for a creamy style soup or pan fry with onions, garlic, diced chorizo sausage, add beef stock and shredded silverbeet. Pick up a bunch this week for $2-$3.

Enjoy the rich earthy flavour of nutritious Windsor grown mushrooms in risotto, pasta dishes, meatloaf and spaghetti Bolognaise or simply sauté and serve with eggs for breakfast. Depending on size mushrooms are selling for $10-$12 a kilo.

Machine green beans are good value at $2-$4 a kilo. Premium handpicked beans are $6-$10 a kilo.

Plump, subtle sweet-onion flavoured leeks are a choice buy at $2.50-$3 each. Use leeks as the bases for a tasty homemade vegetable soup such as leek and cauliflower, leek and pumpkin or leek and celeriac.

Ultra-healthy Gai lum (Chinese broccoli) is perfect for stir-frying or steaming. Choose bunches with crisp, deep green leaves and firm stems. Gai lum is a bargain at $2-$2.50 a bunch.

Vibrant green coloured broccoli is a versatile and nutritious vegetable; add broccoli florets to a stir-fry, to chunky vegetable soups, stir-fries, add to a pasta bake or toss blanched florets in a salad. Broccoli is $4-$5 a kilo.

FRUIT

FruitDelicately scented, exotic quinces are on the shelves. 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 a sugar and cinnamon syrup. Enjoy quince this week for $3-$5 a kilo.

Wonderfully versatile pears work well with sweet and savoury flavours. Toss thin slices for a firm pear with watercress, fennel, toasted walnuts and pieces of creamy blue cheese for a scrumptious salad or simmer from whole pears in a sugar syrup until tender. Most pear varieties are selling for $3-$4 a kilo, with the Corella a little more at $3-$6 a kilo.

We are spoiled for choice when it comes to apples. Pink Lady $3-$8, Fuyu $4-$8 a kilo, Jazz and Kanzi are $5-$7 a kilo, Royal Gala, Delicious and Granny Smith are $3-$5.

Ruby red rhubarb has a distinct tangy flavour that teams superbly with apples, nashi, pears, cinnamon, lemon rind, ginger and cream to make impressive cakes or warming desserts like an apple and rhubarb sponge pudding. Rhubarb tangy flavour also teams well with roasted pork belly. Grab a bunch this week for $3-$4 a bunch.

The Cavendish banana is Australians favourite banana with more than one billion eaten each year. Creamy eating bananas are $3-$4 a kilo this week. Whip up a loaf of wholesome banana bread.

Sweet persimmons are an autumn treat at $1-$3 each or $3-$6 a kilo. When eaten firm their pale orange flesh is crunchy like an apple and can be sliced or cut into wedges then added to cheese platters and salads. This non-astringent variety can also be allowed to over-ripen so that it becomes very soft, in fact, the flesh softens to resemble jam and the skin becomes transparency. Spoon ripe sweet persimmons flesh onto cooked porridge and serve with a drizzle of honey.

Attractive ruby-coloured and antioxidant-rich pomegranates contain fruit contains jewel-like seeds bursting with juice and flavour. Sprinkle the seeds over a range of dishes, and use the juice for salad dressings or marinades. Pomegranate compliments lamb, duck and chicken dishes. Liven up couscous, eggplant and hummus with a spoonful of pomegranate seeds. Pomegranates are $1-$5 each.

The quality of this season's Imperial mandarin crop is first class. The fruit is sweet, juicy and well-priced at $2-$5 a kilo. Mandarins are easy to peel making them an ideal snack for children and adults.

Australian grown green kiwifruit this week at $4-$6 a kilo or gold kiwifruit at $6-$10 a kilo.

Have you tried Candy Melon? it looks like a yellow honeydew with its golden rind, but on the inside is orange flesh resembles a honeydew. Super sweet and tasty this melon is a top buy at $3-$4 each for large melons.

FLOWERS

FlowersAutumn is a fabulous time of the year for quality blooms. Sunday 12th May is Mother's Day and fresh flowers are a lovely thoughtful gift. The traditional flowers of course chrysantheMUMS, they are long lasting, come is lots of colours and are great value. Also, in season is stock, freesia, tulips, roses, tiger lily, sea holly, snap dragons, rose hip, erica, sunflower, heleconia, calla lilies, pigmy amaranthus, autumn hydrangea, bouvardia, gladioli, hyacinth, protea. Have your local florist team flowers with greenery, like ornamental magnolia leaves, kale & gumnuts.

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 2019-05-06 15:45:00

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