Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
26 June - 2 July 2017


VEGETABLES

Broccoli is flourishing in the cooler weather and is $3-$4 a kilo. Steaming and stir-frying are ideal methods for cooking broccoli. If boiling be sure to use small quantities of water and cook rapidly as overcooking reduces flavour and vitamin content. Spicy broccoli & chilli soup is a delicious choice in winter.

Winter is the peak time for root vegetables and cabbage, and what better way to enjoy these earth flavours than in a winter vegetable, barley and lamb shank soup. Loaded with flavour and nourishment this soup is warm and comforting. Cabbage are selling for $2-$5 a head, Cavolo nero also known as Black or Tuscan cabbage is $3.50- $4 a bunch and swede for $4-$5 a kilo. This Tuscan vegetable soup is rich in vegetables and flavour.

Pick up large carrots for $2-$2.50 a kilo or opt for bunches of the thinner Dutch carrots which are available in orange, white, yellow and purple) for $3-$5 a bunch Carrots are super tasty roasted with honey & thyme.

Liven up winter soups with fresh herbs. Wash and dry fresh herbs, then fry in hot vegetable oil for about 1 minute. Drain on a paper towel and sprinkle over soup just before serving. Sage, parsley, thyme and oregano are $2-$2.50 a bunch.

Leafy silverbeet is a top buy this week at $1.50-$2.50 a bunch. Add shredded silverbeet to chunky vegetable soups, or whip up a scrumptious ricotta and silverbeet pie.

Roast chopped orange sweet potato (kumara) with red onion wedges in olive oil flavoured with cumin and coriander for 30 minutes or until tender. Serve with lamb or beef. Kumara is $2-$4 a kilo.

Brown onions from Tasmania and South Australia are plenty, and a must have for enriching winter soups (like a classic French onion soup) and casseroles. Onions are $2-$3 a kilo.

Red capsicums are sweet and tasty and a top buy at $2-$5 a kilo.

A 5 kilo bag of washed, brushed or Desiree potatoes purchased in 5 kilo bags is a thrifty buy at $4-$6. Delicious roasted, fried, mashed or baked potatoes are hearty and nutritious. Enjoy three potato favourites Crispy little potato gratins, Pan-fried new potatoes with garlic, parsley & lemon and Potato & sweetcorn croquettes.

FRUIT

Queensland strawberry season has started and punnets are selling for $2.50-$4.You will be delighted by the flavour and the quality. To enjoy strawberries at their best, use them within 1-2 day of purchasing. Team strawberries with Rhubarb to make a scrumptious crumble.

Tangelo season is underway. Vibrant coloured tangelos are tangy yet sweet, are easy to peel and have very few, if any seeds. Select plump fruit with a brilliant orange skin colour that feel heavy for their size. At $3-$6 a kilo tangelos are a great snack.

Lemons are tangy, refreshing and versatile. Eureka lemon is a firm, thick-skinned lemon with high juice content. Homemade lemon curd is a scrumptious way to use lemons or add lemon rind and juice to pastry, pancakes or puddings. Lemons are $3-$5 a kilo.

Custard apple team deliciously with passionfruit, ginger, oranges and strawberries to make luscious desserts such as ice cream, a fruit flan filling and mousse or try teaming them with savour dishes such as a curry. Enjoy the flavour of a sweet African Pride custard apple for only $5-$7 a kilo.

Fabulous winter mandarins are a thrifty buy at $2-$4 a kilo.

Bake a free form apple pie with ready-made short crust pastry and fill with finely sliced apple and rhubarb and a generous sprinkle of sugar. Granny smith apples are $2-$5 a kilo, depending on size and quality rhubarb is $3-$4 a bunch.

Winter is the peak time for citrus especially Navel oranges. Enjoy the traditional orange fleshed Washington or Leng navels for $2-$5 a kilo, or for something different try the Cara Cara navel. This seedless, sweet pinkish orange fleshed variety originated in South America is available June to August. Cara Cara navels are selling for $4-$5 a kilo.

FLOWERS

There is a wonderful selection of cut flowers available in winter. Now is the time to fill a vase with tulips, poppies and roses. For fragrance take home lavender, hyacinth, sea holly, freesia, snap dragon, sunflower, peppercorn berry, oriental lilies, jonquils and daffodils. Mix flowers with interesting foliage to create a stunning display.

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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 2017-06-26 00:30:00

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