Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
15 - 21 May 2017


FRUIT

Mandarins are full of juice and virtually seedless. Easy to peel Imperials are plentiful and the Daisy variety has also started. Select fruit that feels heavy for their size. Imperial mandarins are $2-$4 a kilo.

Attractive ruby-coloured and antioxidant rich pomegranates contain fruit contains jewel-like seeds bursting with juice and flavour. Sprinkle the seeds over a range of dishes, and use the juice for salad dressings or marinades. Pomegranate compliments lamb, duck and chicken dishes. Liven up couscous, eggplant and hummus with a spoonful of pomegranate seeds. Pomegranates are $3-$4 each. Try this Pumpkin, pomegranate & chickpea tabouli salad.

Apples are a fruit bowl staple and at this time of year the best apples are Pink Lady, Fuji, Jazz, Kanzi and Red Delicious apples for snacking and when it comes to cooking crumbles, muffins, apple tart or a sweet apple puree using Golden Delicious or Granny Smith apples. Apples are $2-$7 a kilo, depending on size and variety.

Australian grown green kiwifruit season is here. Now is the time to enjoy the emerald green vitamin C rich fruit for $3-$6 a kilo. Alternatively gold kiwifruit from New Zealand are plentiful and selling for $5-$7 a kilo.

Rich in calcium and fibre rhubarb is tangy rich tangy flavoured. It is often teamed with apples or pears but and always sugar to make scrumptious desserts. Rhubarb is a popular choice and is selling for $4-$5 a bunch.

Fragrant golden skinned quince have a musky flavour and there is something quiet alluring about the way their pale flesh transforms to a soft pin to rich claret colour on long slow cooking. Discover the charm of quince this week for only $3-$4 a kilo.

Sweet persimmon (non-astringent): Is round with a slightly flattened top at the stem and is pale to deep orange. This variety can be eaten firm and crunchy like an apple (the peel is edible) and can be cut into wedges or slices that reveal a decorative star pattern. Or you can also eat them after allowed to soften. Fuyu is a common variety.

Firm Hass avocados can take 2-5 days to fully ripen at room temperature. Fruit will yield to gentle pressure at the stem end when it’s ready to eat. Creamy avocado is the perfect topper for a baked jacket potato with nachos. Hass avocados are $2-$3.50 each, depending on size.

VEGETABLES

Machine harvested green beans are a choice buy this week at $4-$5 a kilo. Steam, stir-fry or microwave beans until just tender. Premium quality handpicked beans from Gympie are $8-$10 a kilo. Know your beans.

Add a bunch of crunchy and versatile Victorian grown celery to your shopping list this week as it’s a bargain at $1-$3 a bunch, depending on size.

Have to tasted Kalettes? This new veg is a delicious hybrid cross between kale and Brussels sprouts. This tasty fusion yields an attractive green and purple, frilly leafed vegie that is Brussel sprout size. Sold in 160g packets Kalettes are delicious steamed, roasted, sautéed or microwaved. Kalettes are retailing for $3-$4 a packet.

Brussels sprouts are good value at $4-$6 a kilo. Try our Brussels sprouts, bok choy & chicken stir-fry recipe.

Butternut pumpkins are plentiful this week, so we recommended picking up a whole pumpkin for $1-$2 a kilo.

Use vivid orange carrots for soups, roasting, mashing and casseroles. Bake a moist carrot cake too. Carrots are top value at $1.50-$2.50 a kilo.

Ultra-healthy Gai Lum (Chinese broccoli) is perfect for stir-frying or steaming. Choose bunches with crisp, deep green leaves and firm stems. Gai Lum is a bargain at $1.50-$2 a bunch.

Leeks add a delicious onion flavour to soups, casseroles, stir-fries and pasta dishes. Pick up a plump and flavoursome leek this week for $2-$3 each.

Originally from Italy, Radicchio Castelfranco is now in season. This attractive lettuce is round in shape, its leaves are a yellowish-cream, colour with burgundy speckles. The leaves are delicious, sweeter and less bitter variety that has. Serve this new salad vegie on own tossed in a dressing or toss with other salad greens, expect to pay $3-$4 a head.

FLOWERS

A few autumn favourites to look for this week include Celocia, Calla lillies, Sims, chrysanthemums, Sea holly, Snap dragons, Erica, Sunflower, Heleconia, Gum nuts , Birds of paradise, Spray rose, Kale and Oriential lilies are a popular choice and good value this week.

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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 2017-05-15 00:30:00

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