Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
13 - 18 June 2017


VEGETABLES

If you like cauliflower, you will adore fioretto. Also known as cauliflower blossom, this new vegie has succulent, tender long stems and edible white florets which have a delicate cauliflower flavour. A great alternative to cauliflower or broccolini, it is best enjoyed, steamed or stir-fried. Expect to pay $5-$6 a for a 400g punnet.

Traditionally used in French and Asian cooking Red eschalots are small onions that grow in clusters and have a papery red skin and are sometimes called French shallots. Sweeter than brown onions, eschalots have a distinct well balanced onion flavour. Expect to pay $5-$8 a kilo.

Chokos are an old fashioned favourite that soak up flavours. Appealing when simply steamed and served with butter and pepper or add peeled and diced choko to this choko, cabbage & chicken laksa stir-fry. Chokos are $3-$4 a kilo.

Choose leeks that have crisp long white stems with bright green tops. A large, juicy plump leek or a bunch of smaller sized leeks are both selling for around $2-$3. Use leek instead of onion in soups, braises, casseroles or as a tasty side dish like this braised leeks with thyme Leek adds a subtle onion flavour and teams well with other vegetables.

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 $5-$6 a bulb, the small to medium sized bulbs are the better buy.

Vibrant coloured with a sweet earthy flavour, beetroot is delicious roasted and blended into a soup. It has an amazing rich colour and is packed with flavour. The purple pigments in beetroot, known as anthocyanins may act as antioxidants. Beetroot is a top buy at $3-$4 a bunch.

Serve shaved fennel in salads, add to curries, serve them roasted or create a flavour packed pasta dish like this Fennel, tomato & Italian sausage spaghetti. Fennel bulbs are$1.50 $2.50 each.

FRUIT

Fill your fruit bowl with vibrant orange coloured mandarins. There are several varieties to choose from so prices are ranging from $2-$6 a kilo. South Australian fruit is firm skinned and juicy.

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 $4-$8 a kilo depending on variety. Team with passionfruit or orange segments for a simply dessert. Or try this custard apple tea cake.

Crunchy like and apple and juicy like a pear, flavoursome nashi are winter favourite. No need to peel before using, their tender skin is rich in fibre and softens when cooked. Nashi are also perfect for enjoying raw as a healthy snack or try poaching them for a fruity dessert. Nashi are $4-$6 a kilo.

Kiwifruit is now in season and both the traditional green flesh variety and the newer gold kiwifruit are available. Rich in vitamin C, one gold kiwifruit supplies more than twice the recommended daily intake. Kiwifruit are also good for fibre, potassium and folate. Green kiwifruit are $4-$6 a kilo and Gold kiwi are $5-$8 a kilo.

Juice navel oranges for breakfast – nothing beats freshly-squeezed orange juice for flavour! Navel oranges are a bargain at $1.50-$4 a kilo, depending on size. Loving for a quick dessert try out.

Supplies of Queensland strawberries are increasing. Expect to pay $3-$4 for a 250g punnet. Enjoy a strawberry dessert, like this scrumptious Rhubarb & strawberry meringue pudding Adding sliced strawberries to your porridge in the mornings will add vitamin C, folate and fibre to your diet.

Nothing compares to a perfectly ripe pear. Their taste and juiciness will seduce you. Wonderfully versatile, pears work well with sweet and savoury flavours. Beurre Bosc pears are an excellent cooking pear as they hold their shape while Packham pears make a perfect snack. Pears are a choice-buy at $2-$4 a kilo.

FLOWERS

Beautify your home with fresh flowers. Your local florist has a magnificent selection including winter favourites like sweet pea, calla lilies, stock, lavender, poppies, orchids, chrysanthemum, tulips, kale, jonquils and hyacinth. On the blog this week. 7 fabulous flower arranging hacks from an expert.

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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 2017-06-13 00:30:00

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