Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
8 - 14 April 2019


FRUIT

FruitPoach, bake or microwave pears make an easy and elegant dessert. Packham and Buerru Bosc pears are $2-$4 a kilo. Try our delicious Roasted pears with passionfruit and honey.

Be sure to have a good supply of limes or lemons on hand for serving with your seafood this Easter. Limes are 50¢-$1 each and large sized lemons are $5-$6 a kilo, smaller lemons are $3-$4 a little pricier.

Despite their creamy texture bananas contain no fat at all. Bananas make an ideal snack and a delicious cooked, added them to pancakes, muffins, cakes or whip up a satisfying banana smoothie. Bananas are $1-$3 a kilo.

Crunch into new season apples, select from Fuji, Pink Lady, Royal Gala, Granny Smith and Delicious or try the newer Jazz and Kanzi varieties a tasty cross between Gala and Braeburn apples, it has firm but dense flesh and a tangy, sweet flavour. Prices are ranging from $3-$7 a kilo depending on variety. Adding apple to a salad add texture and sweetness try this apple, carrot & cucumber salad with chicken skewers.

Make the most of last season super sweet figs. Use with 1-2 days of purchasing. Figs are $1-$3 each. Use quickly for maximum, flavour and quality.

Snap up late season plums. Plums are delicious stewed. Combine sliced plums with granny smith apples, sweeten with a little sugar, top with a crumble mixture or serve cold with a honey yoghurt. Prices will range from $3-$10, depending on variety, size and quality.

Grapes are well supplied at the quality is good. Loads of varieties to choose from right now too, the Crimson seedless are extra crunchy, the Thompson seedless are perfect for school lunch boxes and the black muscats are loaded with flavour. Depending on variety grape prices are ranging from $3-$10 a kilo.

Nashi are sweet, crisp and juicy. Nashi are superb served with soft cheeses or toss shredded fennel and nashi together to make a refresh slaw to serve with fish. Nashi are $4-$8 a kilo.

Crops of new season mandarins from Gayndah and Mundubbera in QLD, have started to appear in store. Fruit quality is varying from sweet and tangy to somewhat tart. Expect to pay $3-$6 a kilo. Select plump, highly coloured, glossy skinned fruit that feels heavy for size.

VEGETABLES

VegetablesBe sure to fill a brown bag with fresh mushrooms to enjoy for sautéed buttons for breakfast, add them raw to a salad for lunch or serve full-flavoured jumbo flats on burgers with bacon for breakfast or lunch. Mushrooms are loaded with B group vitamins and a delicious teamed with a wide range of flavour. Buttons, cups and flats are selling for $9-$12 a kilo.

Bathurst grown cauliflowers flush in the cooler evening weather and this week there are good supplies of quality caulies, so pop a caulie on your trolley this week for $3-$4 a head and whip up a 3 Cheese cauliflower bake or cauliflower leek and bacon soup.

Fennel is a crisp, root vegetable with a delicate aniseed flavour. Delicious in soups, casseroles, salads it also compliments lamb and seafood it also teams deliciously with pears and plums. Serve thinly sliced fennel as an accompaniment to a hot curry or simmer in vegetable stock and serve with chicken. Fennel is $2-$2.50 a bulb.

Eggplant is an autumn favourite that stars in some many international dishes. While it’s delicious baked and served with Parmesan—eggplant shines in dishes from Greece and China, Indonesia and Tunisia. Try our eggplant, tomato and coriander salad it’s delicious served with char-grilled lamb or chicken. Field grown eggplants are $3-$4 a kilo, while premium glasshouse grown eggplant are $5-$6 a kilo.

Delicious roasted pumpkin and served hot or cold. Roast pumpkin with the skin on or off it’s a personal choice, but try sprinkling it with fresh herbs, Moroccan spice mix or combination of chilli and garlic embellish pumpkins natural sweetness. Jap, Butternut and Jarrahdale pumpkins are plentiful and if purchased whole are selling for around 1.50 a kilo.

The old saying carrots help you see in the dark is due to their high content of beta carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A and used for vision in dim light. Sweet and highly coloured carrots are a bargain at $1.50-$2 for a kilo bag or buy them loose for $2-$2.50 a kilo. This carrot and sultana loaf is scrumptious.

March to June is the peak time for chestnuts. Cooked chestnuts have a sweet, taste and a texture similar to roast potato. Chestnuts can be boiled, baked, grilled or roasted. The best eating chestnuts have a glossy brown shell and feel heavy for their size. This week chestnuts are $10-$12 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

Appetising sweetcorn is 80¢-$1 a cob. Plunge into a pot of boiling water and cook for 5 minutes, remove and serve with herb butter.

The stunning orange flesh of kumara (sweet potato) is scrumptious boiled and served as mash or add to a pizza topping with feta cheese and wild rocket. Kumara is a good value $2-$4 a kilo, depending on size. If you enjoy a vegetarian meal than this carrot, kumara & cauliflower rojan josh curry is a healthy and tasty option.

Silverbeet is a thrifty buy this week at $2-$3 a bunch. Sauté chopped leaves in a little olive oil and crunched garlic, or steam trimmed leaves and add to a lasagne by laying the silverbeet with the pasta sheets, and meat sauce. Silverbeet adds colour, flavour and vitamins A and C and extra iron to your diet.

FLOWERS

FlowersThere is a glorious selection of fresh cut flowers available this week including, protea, stock, cotton, lisianthus, amaranthus, banksia, celosia, sunflowers, tulips, fragrant David Austin roses, gloriosa, gladioli, dahlia, bird of paradise, heliconia, snap dragons, oriental lilies, daisy chrysanthemum, asters, 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 the variety, size and quality of the produce and the trading area. For further information please



Published On 2019-04-08 15:27:00

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