Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
7 - 13 May 2018


FRUIT

Its crunch time and Aussie grown apple are superb value and quality. Select from varieties such as Fuji, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Kanzi, Jazz, Royal Gala and Pink Lady are firm and crunchy. Depending on variety and size you will pay $2-$8 a kilo.

It is the perfect time to enjoy pears. Plump and delicious varieties such as Packham, Buerru Bosc, Josephine and Corella are a rich source of fibre and loaded with naturally sweet juice. Packham and Buerru Bosc pears are $3-$4 a kilo and Corella $4-$7 a kilo, depending on size.

Easy to peel mandarins are plentiful. Depending on variety and size mandarins are $2-$5 a kilo.

Firm Hass avocados can take 2-5days to fully ripen at room temperature. Fruit will yield to gentle pressure at the stem end when it’s ready to eat. Creamy avocado is the perfect topper for a baked jacket potato wit nachos. Hass avocados are $2-$3.50 each, depending on size.

Cavendish bananas are Australians favourite banana with more than one billion eaten each year. Creamy eating bananas are $2- $3 a kilo this week. Whip up a banana and hazelnut cake.

Ruby red rhubarb has a distinct tangy flavour that teams superbly with apples, nashi, pears, cinnamon, lemon rind, ginger and cream to make warming winter desserts. Rhubarb is a popular buy in the cooler months. Expect to pay $3.50-$4 a bunch. Try our rhubarb and hazelnut cake recipe it’s a crowd pleaser and idea for serving this Mother’s Day.

VEGETABLES

Love them or loath them, there is no denying that Brussels Sprouts are loaded with goodness and are great value at $3-$6 a kilo. Try this tasty combination Brussels sprouts with chorizo & crispy breadcrumbs.

Broccoli is excellent value this week at $3-$5 a kilo. Lightly steamed or microwave for best results. Small florets add colour to a pasta dishes or serve cold tossed in a tasty dressing.

Add chestnuts to your shopping list. Supplies and quality is excellent and prices are ranging from $5-$12 a kilo. Once cooked, their creamy-white flesh is similar in texture to a roast potato with a delicate, sweet, nutty flavour for. Try chestnuts cooked and removed from their hard shell, then stir fried or add to casseroles, meat stuffings, pasta filling or puree to use in cakes and desserts. 11 scrumptious ways to make the most of chestnuts.

Golden fleshed sweet potato also known as kumara is a thrifty buy this week at $1-$3 a kilo, depending on size. Serve it mashed, added curries, casseroles and roasted.

Celery is economical, healthy and discreetly delicious. Raw celery is crisp, tasty and low in kilojoules. Serve celery sticks with peanut butter, whip up a creamy celery soup or add flavour and fibre to hearty winter soups with celery. Celery is $2-$3 a bunch.

Fennels crisp texture and distinctive mild aniseed flavour is delicious teamed with lamb, fish and tomato. Enjoy it raw sautéed or baked. Add fennel to a tray bake, salads and serve or salmon. Fennel is $1.50-$2.50 a bulb.

Spinach ($2-$3 a bunch) and the more robust silverbeet, the quality is excellent and bunches are priced at $3-$3.50 each. Whip up a tasty Silverbeet, Feta & Ricotta Pie.

Leafy kale is versatile and tasty. Wash leaves; remove the stem and shred finely. Toss into a hot pan and cook until just wilted. Kale is selling for $2-$3 a bunch.

FLOWERS

Put a smile on mum face with a beautiful boutique of fresh flowers. Learn more about Chrysanthemums, including the different types and colour meanings with our article Five different types of Mums. Your local florist has all the best quality and variety and will create a special bouquet for your Mum. This week’s best buys include local Spider chrysie, Ping pong chrysie, Ornamental kales, stock, parrot tulips, hyacinth, carnations, lisianthus, tiger lilies, roses, black calla lilies, silver dollar gum, orchards and celosia.

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 2018-04-30 15:35:00

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