Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
1 - 7 May 2017


FRUIT

Attractive ruby-coloured and antioxidant rich pomegranates contain fruit contains jewel-like seeds bursting with juice and flavour. Pomegranate compliments lamb, duck and chicken dishes. Liven up couscous, eggplant and hummus with a spoonful of pomegranate seeds. Pomegranates are $1.50-$4 each, depending on size.

Make the most of the seasons late season plums. Whip up an Easy plum crumble or try this delicious breakfast style Poached plums with coconut chia. Plums are $3-$8 depend on variety

Mandarins are a versatile, tangy fruit with a distinct flavour that can be used in the same way as oranges. Just pierce the skin and they are peeled in seconds. Their perfect size makes them ideal for school lunch boxes. Pick up a kilo of mandarins for $2-$5.

Sweet persimmons are also known by their variety name Fuyu fruit. These gorgeous tangerine coloured autumn fruits are a non-astringent variety, which means they are delicious to eat firm and crisp. Slice them into a salad of radicchio, watercress, pomegranate and toasted hazel nuts. Alternatively ripen them until they are super soft and gooey and scoop out the flesh from the glossy skin to serve them panna cotta, vanilla yoghurt or a rice pudding. Fuyu are $1-$3 each.

Despite their creamy texture bananas contain no fat at all. Bananas make an ideal snack. Use bananas in or serve with pancakes, add to muffins and cakes or shake up a delicious smoothie. There are good supplies of bananas around this week at very reasonable prices. Expect to pay $2-$3 a kilo.

Australia’s apple season is in full swing and there is a fabulous range of apples in-store now. 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.

Feijoa season is a short one, and now is the time to enjoy this oval shaped, green skinned fruit that has a flavour similar to guava with a more pineapple flavour. You find them in store for $2-$2.50 each.

Start your day in a healthy way and add diced fruit to your favourite breakfast cereal. Try adding Australian grown kiwifruit this week, they are $3-$6 a kilo, easy to prepare and rich in vitamins.

The soft, white pulp of the custard apple is deliciously sweet and a good source of vitamin C. The African Pride and Pink Mammoth are the main varieties grown in Australia and are selling for $5-$7 a kilo depending on variety. Team with passionfruit or orange segments for a simply dessert. Or make a moist and tasty custard apple teacake.

VEGETABLES

Gloss red capsicums from Bundaberg are a top buy this week at $2-$7 a kilo. Field grown are cheaper than glasshouse.

Leek adds a delicious onion flavour to soups, casseroles, stir-fries and pasta dishes. Pick up a plump and flavoursome leek this week for $1.50-$3 each.

Orange sweet potato also known as kumara makes a flavoursome mash. Serve with roasted American style spare ribs. Kumara is $2-$5 a kilo, depending on size. This Mexican chilli, sweetcorn & kumara salad is colourful and super tasty.

Brussels sprouts are loaded with nourishment and flavour. Trim Brussels sprouts, cut them into quarters and steam until tender. Serve cooked Brussels sprouts with grilled prosciutto and toasted pinenuts. Brussels sprouts are $4-$6 a kilo.

Broccoli is plentiful this week, the quality is superb and it’s only $3-$5 a kilo.

Make an exquisite vegetarian meal using a range of Asian style vegetables. Bok choy, gai lum and oyster mushrooms are in plentiful supply and the quality is superb. Leafy Asian greens can be picked up for $2-$2.50 a bunch and oyster mushrooms are $3-$4 a punnet.

Fennels crisp texture and mild aniseed like flavour is a delicious addition to casseroles. It also a tasty addition to salads and soup; the fine fronds can be snipped and used to flavour or garnish chicken and fish dishes. Fennel bulbs are $1.50-$2 a bulb.

Bargain shoppers take note, celery to a top buy this week at $3-$4 a bunch, depending on size. Enjoy celery raw as a snack or in salads, to sauté and use as the flavour base for tasty soups, casseroles and stir-fries.

FLOWERS

The traditional Mother’s Day flower - the chrysanthemum is by far the most abundant flower available this week. Sold by type ie disbud (large balls), daisy and spider chrysanthemums are also available in a stunting array colours. Quality and value can also be found in gladioli’s, tulips, roses (including David Austin) , snapdragons, stock, Oriental lilies, kale and iris. The flower growers are gearing up for their busiest time of the year - Mother’s Day trading. Show Mum some love with a beautiful bunch or bouquet fresh flowers.

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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 2017-05-03 00:30:00

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