Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
10 - 16 April 2017


FRUIT

Colourful, juicy and bursting with flavour, autumn plums are still great value. Late season varieties include Flavour Fall, September Candy, Angelino, October Sun and Autumn Giant. Add slices or firm plum to a salad or whip up a quick pastry like this Easy Plum Tarts. Depending on variety plums are ranging in price from $4-$7 a kilo.

There is a fabulous selection of quality grapes to enjoy this week, including, Crimson seedless, Black Sapphire, Thompson seedless, Midnight Beauty, Sultana and Black Sapphire grapes. Grapes do not ripen off the vine, tasting a grape is the best indicator of flavour. Depending on variety most grapes are retailing at $-$7 a kilo. The new Black Sapphire have an elongated shape and are super sweet making them a popular choice at $15-$16 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 $3-$4 each. Get to know persimmons.

Take home a few quinces this week for $3-$5 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.

The dynamic colour, tangy nectar and abundant seeds are used in 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 Jap pumpkin, rocket & pomegranate quinoa salad.

Cook up a scrumptious dessert with pears while they are such good value. Pears are delicious wrapped in pastry, poach peeled pears in red wine or simply add pears to a bread and butter pudding. 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.

Luscious figs are a seasonal treat, their delicate texture and attractive pink flesh is ideal for using in sweet and savoury dishes. Try our Fig, rocket, prosciutto & feta pizzas. Figs are retailing at $1.50-$3 each, depending on size and quality.

Tamarillo and guava have started and the first of the imperial mandarins have arrived.

VEGETABLES

Easter 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 $6-$12 a kilo, depending on variety and size. We highly recommend this tasty Creamy cauliflower & chestnut soup.

Loaded with healthy goodness Brussels sprouts are delicious and 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.

Machine harvested green beans are $3-$5 a kilo. Machine harvested green beans are best used within 2-3 days of purchasing. Blanch and add to salads, toss through a stir-fry or microwave with a drizzle of olive oil and crushed garlic. Handpicked bean are top value at $6-$8 a kilo.

Silverbeet with its large green gloss leaves and crunchy white stalks are ideal for adding to soups and vegetable pies or frittata. Remember to wash well before using. Silverbeet is $2-$3 a bunch this week and whip up a Silverbeet, feta & ricotta pie.

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 $2-$2.50 a bulb. Enjoy a Fennel, feta & pomegranate salad.

Sweet by name and sweet by nature – sweetcorn is a choice by at 80¢-$1 a cob.

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.

FLOWERS

The quality and range of autumn blooms is delightful, this week you could fill your vase will gerberas, stock and snap dragon, bird of paradise, celosia, hyacinth, tulips, stock, flowering gum, gum nuts, chrysanthemums, asters and dahlias or the natives looking particularly good. Potted cyclamen and hyacinth.

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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 2017-04-10 14:30:00

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