Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
9 - 15 MAY 2022


FRUIT

Fruit Grapes remain plentiful and offer good value, with various varieties to enjoy, including Thompson seedless, Crimson seedless, Adora, Sapphire, Sweet Celebration, and the new Autumn Crisp. Grapes are available for $5-$20 a kilo, depending on the variety.

Fill your fruit bowl with flavoursome, crisp, and colourful apples. Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples are perfect for cooking. At the same time, seasonal favourites like Pink Lady, Royal Gala, Jazz, Kanzi, Fuji, Bravo and Red Delicious are great snacking apples. Apples are $2-$10 a kilo, depending on the variety, quality, and size. These super easy and ultra-tasty granola and maple syrup baked apples are satisfying and delicious.

Kiwifruit season is here. Now is the time to enjoy vitamin C rich, Australian green kiwifruit for $4-$8 a kilo or gold kiwifruit from New Zealand for $7-$10 a kilo.

Imperial mandarins are seedless, sweet, juicy, and well-priced at $2-$6 a kilo. Mandarins are easy to peel, making them an ideal snack for children and adults.

Now is it time to enjoy Piqa Boo pears? Naturally sweet and juicy, pears are 'pear'fect for adding sliced to salads or enjoyed roasted or poached. This pear has a classic pear shape with beautiful orangey-red skin; it has a crisp texture when eaten firm, but it's like Packham pears when allowed to soften. Piqa Boo pears are available at quality greengrocers for $7-$10 a kilo.

Sweet persimmons are also known by their variety name "Fuyufruit". When eaten firm, their pale orange flesh is crunchy like an apple and can be sliced or cut into wedges and then added to cheese platters and salads. This non-astringent variety can also be allowed to over-ripen until the skin becomes transparent and the flesh becomes very soft. Spoon ripe sweet persimmons flesh onto cooked porridge and serve with a drizzle of honey. Your local greengrocer will have sweet persimmon for $4-$12 a kilo.

Blueberry prices range from $4-$12 a punnet, depending on the brand, quality, variety and where they have been grown.

There is something quite alluring about how the pale-yellow flesh of a quince transforms to an attractive shade of pink on long slow cooking -filling the kitchen with a sweet musky aroma. Discover the charm of quince this week for $5-$7a kilo. Our easy roast quince recipe makes quince ideal for serving hot or cold.

Firm avocados can take 2-5 days to ripen fully at room temperature. When it's ready to eat, avocados will yield to gentle pressure at the stem end, so test there rather than squeezing the body of the fruit. Hass avocados are now in season and $2-$4 each, and late-season Sheppard avocados are $2-$3 each, depending on size.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Fioretto, also known as caulini or cauliflower blossom, is fast becoming a popular veggie in Australia. Versatile and fast to cook, Fioretto has an elongated stem, a delicate flower head and a mild pleasant flavour. Entirely edible with no waste, Fioretto can be boiled, steamed, or char-grilled and is delicious teamed with cheese, garlic, chilli, and anchovies. Sold in packets caulini is around $5.99 for 500g.

Australian grown chestnuts are delicious treats worth the patience and time needed for their preparation. Once cooked, their creamy white flesh is similar in texture to roast potato with an irresistible sweet, nutty flavour. Chestnuts sell for $6-$12 a kilo, depending on size and variety.

Fennel is a fabulous buy at $2-$3 a bulb. Crunchy and delicious eaten raw, it is said that raw fennel aids digestion. Cooking fennel mellows its aniseed flavour. Use fennel in salads, pasta dishes, roasts or added to a one-pot dinner; this tomato, fennel and chicken one-pan dinner is quick to make and a delicious mid-week meal.

Toss a medley of Asian leafy greens such as bok choy and choy sum into a fresh homemade stir-fry or a healthy soup like this hot and sour bok choy, chicken and noodle soup. Locally grown Asian greens are $2-$3 a bunch.

Brussels sprouts are delicious steamed, pan-fried, stir-fried, roasted or boiled. They team well with bacon, hazelnuts, olive oil, butter, and spicy Asian flavours. Serve up Brussels sprouts this week; they are $10-$15 a kilo.

Carrots are an Australian favourite, with 89% of Australian households purchasing them weekly. Carrots are ideal for soups, roasts, stir-fries, and casseroles. Carrot's natural sweetness also means they are terrific in carrot cake or a batch of muffins. Premium quality Tasmanian carrots are $2-$2.50 a kilo bag or fill your bag for $2.50-$3 a kilo.

Jerusalem artichokes flesh, crisp white flesh with a sweet, nutty flavour, is like water chestnuts. Peel and chop, then place in acidic water to prevent oxidisation them the crisp flesh to stir-fries, salads or spring rolls. Jerusalem artichokes add a rich creaminess to a leek-based soup. Jerusalem artichokes are selling for $15-$20 a kilo.

Nutritious broccoli is a family favourite that is delicious steam, stir-fried or pureed to create a tasty spicy broccoli & chilli soup. Broccoli prices have eased in the last week; expect to pay $3-$5 a kilo.

Snowpeas prices are slightly firmer this week at $8-$12 a kilo.

FLOWERS

Flowers Brighten your home or gift a bunch of seasonal fresh-cut flowers. Now is a good time for Iris, poppies, leucadendron, Oriental lilies, iris, sea holly, chrysanthemums, Erica, ornamental kales, stock, orchids carnations, lisianthus, tulips, hyacinth, tiger lilies, roses, and silver dollar gum.




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 2022-05-09 14:53:38

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