Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
9 - 15 July 2018


VEGETABLES

Add colour and sweetness to a stir-fries or a breakfast omelette with sliced or diced red capsicum for only $3-$6 a kilo.

Warm with a big bowl of Asian mushroom, kale & tofu miso ramen. This nourishing and flavoursome soup only needs 10 minutes cooking time. Pick up bunch of kale $1-$3 a bunch and oyster mushrooms $3.50-$4 a punnet from your local greengrocer and get cooking.

Versatile carrots are a bargain at $1.50-$2.50 a kilo. Perfect for winter creamy carrot & chickpea soup or add carrots to a spice Rogan Josh.

Snap up the last of the 2018 season's chestnuts at $6-$14 a kilo. Add roasted chestnuts to your Christmas in July meals. Serve them with Brussel sprouts, add them to a stuffing for a turkey or chicken or create tasty chestnut and mushroom sauce.

Stir-fry broccoli with, red onion, chilli, ginger, beef and oyster sauce and serve with rice for a quick mid-week meal. Broccoli is $3-$4 a kilo.

What celeriac lacks in appearance it certainly makes up for in flavour and versatility. Celeriac has a delicate celery flavour and starchy texture which makes it ideal for making a heavenly mush or creamy soup. Celeriac is $4-$6 a bulb, the small to medium sized bulbs are the better buy.

Add sliced fennel to rich meat or chicken casseroles. Pan-fry with fish or thinly slice and toss into a salad with parmesan. Use the feathery leaves instead of dill in recipes. Fennel is best stored in a plastic bag in the crisper section of the fridge and used within 5 days. Fennel is selling for $1-$2 a bulb.

Kumara has a sweet flavour and creamy texture when cooked. Rich in vitamin A and C, kumara makes an extremely tasty soup; it is scrumptious mashed and thinly sliced it makes superb chips. Kumara is selling for $2-$5 a kilo.

FRUIT

Combine one bunch of ruby red rhubarb with a 250 g punnet of strawberries and 2 tbsp caster sugar in an ovenproof dish, top with a crumble mixture and bake. Rhubarb & strawberry brown sugar crumble. This sweet, hot crumble is delicious served with ice-cream or custard. Strawberries are $3-$4 a punnet and a bunch of rhubarb $3-$4.

Oranges is plentiful and you have so much or choice winter. Traditional navels ($1-$4 a kilo), Cara Cara navels ($3-$5) and mid-July see the first of the new season blood oranges ($4-$6). Make toffee and drizzle of segments to serve with ice-cream.

Use tangy juice lemons to make luscious deserts or combine the zest of lemons with crushed garlic, parsley and olive oil to make a super tasty grematola to drizzle or soup, ossobuco or slow roasted lamb shanks. Lemons are $2-$5 a kilo.

Fill your fruit bowl with super juicy mandarins. At $2-$5 a kilo, they are the perfect school holiday snack.

The vibrant green coloured flesh of kiwifruit adds colour to a fruit platter or salad and has the added bonus of being sweet tasting and rich in vitamin C. Green kiwifruit are $3-$5 a kilo. Gold kiwifruit are $5-$10 a kilo.

Winter is great time to enjoy fresh Medjool dates. Plump, soft and caramel sweet in flavour fresh dates are also a good source of vitamin C, one of the factors important to help prevent infection. Add dates to a curry, enjoy as a snack or whip a delicious sticky date cake. Jumbo dates $14-$20 a kilo. Try our choc-coated -Medjool dates with orange and ricotta.

Passionfruit are plentiful and a top buy at 60¢-$1 each for larger sizes. Alternative pick up a bulk buy of 10 small passionfruit for $3-$4.

Nutritious and natural sweet pears are perfect for creating simply elegant desserts or enjoy poached pears for breakfast. Poached, roasted, baked or stewed pears are great value at $2.50-$4 a kilo, depending on variety and size,

Luscious custard apples are deliciously sweet, and easily scooped out with a spoon to be simply enjoyed as it is or utilised in savoury and dessert dishes. African Pride custard apples are $4-$6 a kilo depending on size. This custard apple teacake is a favourite.

FLOWERS

Bright up your home or office desk with a bunch of hyacinth, daffodils, tulips, rose lilies, phalaenopsis orchids, sweet peas, poppies, hyacinth, sea holly, ornamental kale, scabiosa, roses, violets, lavender, freesia, stock and iris. Potted cyclamen and hyacinth are also in season.

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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 2018-07-09 15:35:00

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