Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
15 - 21 April 2019


FruitThere is a fabulous selection of quality grapes to enjoy this week, including, Crimson seedless, Red Globe, Thompson seedless, Adora seedless and, Sultana grapes. Depending on variety most grapes are retailing at $3-$15 a kilo.

Soft and sweet eating persimmons are a seasonal fruit available from April to July. Persimmons are ready to eat when the flesh is soft, gooey and resembling apricot jam. Persimmons team well with yoghurt, custard, sponge, honey, cinnamon. Expect to pay $2.50-$4 each) . Get to know persimmons.

Take home a few quinces this week for $3-$4 a kilo. You will be seduced by their musky perfume as they sit in your fruit bowl, waiting to be poached or baked. Quinces are complemented by flavourings like cinnamon, vanilla, honey, almonds, red wine, cream or star anise.

A favourite addition to classic rices and couscous dishes of the Middle East and in ground meat dishes of India and Pakistan pomegranates add sweetness and something special to a dish. The Australian season has just started and the quality is excellent expect to pay $2-$4 each. Whip a super tasty fennel, feta & pomegranate salad.

Cook up a scrumptious dessert with pears while they are such good value. Williams, Packham and Buerru Bosc pears are a bargain at $2-$4 a kilo. Corella pears are $3-$7 a kilo, depending on size. This pear gingerbread cake is tastes terrific.

Cooking apples – like Granny Smith and Golden Delicious are a perfect for using in baked goods like muffins. Treat the kids or family with a batch of apple and walnut muffins. Granny Smith and Golden delicious apples are $3-$6 a kilo.

There are two varieties to select from Shepard and Hass, depending on size and variety they are retailing at $1.50-$4 each. Avocados contain ‘good’ unsaturated fat and are the richest source of vitamin E of all fruits and vegetables.

Tamarillo, guava and have imperial mandarins have arrived.


VegetablesEaster is a fabulous time to enjoy chestnuts. Cooked chestnuts have a sweet, taste and a texture similar to roast potato. Chestnuts can be boiled, baked, grilled or roasted. Pick up a kilo and enjoy delicious chestnuts over Easter. This week chestnuts are $5-$12 a kilo, depending on variety and size. We highly recommend this tasty creamy cauliflower & chestnut soup.

Don’t forget the carrots for the Easter Bunny and for using in salads, soups, roasting, mashing, casseroles and stir-fries. A one kilo bag is a thrifty purchase at $1.50-$2.50, alternatively larger sized premium carrots are $2-$2.50 a kilo. This Carrot, rocket & spiced chickpea salad and these sweet-glazed carrots with currants are delicious.

Fennel is a crisp, root vegetable with a delicate aniseed flavour that complements lamb and seafood, fennel 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 $1.50-$2 a bulb. Enjoy a fennel, feta & pomegranate salad.

Sweet by name and sweet by nature – sweetcorn is a choice by at $1-$1.20 a cob.

Cooler autumn nights are yielding a delicious crop of premium quality, milky-white cauliflowers. Locally grown on trend vegie is retailing at $3-$40 a head, depending on size. Have you tried cauliflower rice? It’s surprising just how tasty it is and how low in calories cauliflowers are. Read our post, you don’t have to be green to be super.

Delicate flavoured zucchinis are tasty grilled, sautéed, stuffed, deep-fried or cooked as fritters. This week prices have dropped to $3-$5 a kilo, making them a thrifty buy.

Autumn is peak time for quality eggplants. Choose eggplant that is firm, heavy fruit has a taut glossy deeply coloured skin and a fresh green stem. Eggplants can be stored in refrigerator for up to 1 week, but handle with care as they bruise easily. Eggplants are selling for $3-$6 a kilo. This Moroccan Roasted Eggplant with Lamb dish is delicious.

Loaded with healthy goodness Brussels sprouts are also good value at $3-$6 a kilo. Select compact Brussels sprouts about the size of a ping-pong ball. Leaves should be firm, bright green and fresh looking without signs of yellowing. Team sprouts with carrots and cauliflower in this honey-spiced roasted veggies.

Add English spinach and silverbeet to your shopping list both are bargains at $2-$2.50 a bunch. This pastry-free leek, spinach & bacon ‘impossible’ pie makes a tasty, and easy long weekend breakfast or brunch.

If you enjoy mushrooms and let’s face it who doesn’t? Than autumn is the perfect time to use mushrooms with other seasonal favourites, like chestnuts, pumpkin, leeks or Asian leafy greens. Team with jumbo flats or mild flavoured buttons in omelettes, sauté sliced mushrooms over crisp toasted and top with a poached egg. Button, cups and flat mushrooms are $8-$12 a kilo.


FlowersThe quality and range of autumn blooms is delightful This week including, protea, dahlia, stock, cotton, lisianthus, amaranthus, banksia, celosia, hypericum. sunflowers, kale, laural, tulips, dried wheat, sea holly, roses, Oriental lilies, gladioli, bird of paradise, heliconia, snap dragons, oriental lilies, daisy chrysanthemum, Erica, asters, and Easter daisies.

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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 the variety, size and quality of the produce and the trading area.

Published On 2019-04-15 15:45:00

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