Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
3 - 9 April 2017


FRUIT

Grapes are plentiful and there are numerous varieties to select from. Pink grapes like Crimson seedless and Red Globe ($4-$8 a kilo) are a popular choice and sweet eating.

The season for exotic mangosteen for FNQ is coming to an end. This week you will find the last of the harvest for around $10 a kilo. Learn more about exotically different mangosteens.

Bite into a new season apple. Select from Jazz, Kanzi, Royal Gala, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Bonza, Fuji, Granny and Pink Lady for $2-$8 a kilo. To maintain an apples juicy, crisp, texture at home, remember to store them in the refrigerator. Try Sydney Markets scrumptious and easy to make apple & pear buttermilk cobbler it is sure to become a family favourite.

The best of the bounty of fibre rich pears can be enjoyed during the cooler months. Harvested mature and firm, pears should be ripened at room temperature until they yield to gentle pressure at the stem end. If cooking with pears use semi ripe fruit. New season William, Packham, Josephine and Beurru Bosc pears are $2-$5 a kilo.

Peaking in autumn, vivid-green limes add zing to drinks, marinades, sauces and salad dressings. Drizzle sliced papaya or with lime juice and serve with thick natural yoghurt for breakfast. Papayas are $2-$6 a kilo and limes are 60¢-$1 each depending on size. 7 delicious ways to use limes.

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. This week bananas are $2-$4 a kilo.

Smooth, creamy with a nutty flavour Shepard avocados are a top buy at $2-$4 each. A good source of vitamin B6, this vitamin has many functions and is especially important during exercise when it plays a role in changing amino acids into glucose to provide energy to the muscles.

Pomegranates are available mid-autumn until late winter. The dynamic colour, tangy nectar and abundant seeds of the pomegranate have made it a symbol of love and plenty. It is only the sweet - tart flavoured seeds and juice that are edible. Pomegranates are $2-$4 each.

VEGETABLES

Victorian grown broccolini supplies are picking up. Select broccolini with compact buds and firm stems. Broccolini is fabulous value at $2-$3 a bunch. This char-grilled broccolini with tahini chicken is delicious.

Crunchy Victorian grown fennel has an aniseed flavour, it can be eaten raw and is delicious roasted, braised or added to soups. For a quick side dish … pan-fry sliced fennel and onion in olive oil over medium-low heat until tender. Season and sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese and serve. Fennel is $2-$2.50 a bulb.

Tantalise your taste buds with full flavoured fresh herbs. Add coriander, mint, rosemary, sage, parsley, tarragon and lemongrass to your autumn cooking to add wonderful flavours. To keep fresh herbs at their best, wrap then in damp paper towel and store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Fresh herbs are $2-$2.50 a bunch.

March to June is the peak time for chestnuts. Cooked chestnuts have a sweet, taste and a texture similar to roast potato. Chestnuts can be boiled, baked, grilled or roasted. The best eating chestnuts have a glossy brown shell and feel heavy for their size. This week chestnuts are $5-$13 a kilo, depending on variety and size.

Hawkesbury-grown golden coloured sweetcorn is extra sweet, appetising and fantastic value at around 60¢-$1 per cob. Buy corn still in their husks as it keeps better in its natural wrapping. 3 of the best sweetcorn toppers.

Premium quality Brussels sprouts are loaded with goodness. Try them cut into wedges and add to a stir-fry. Expect to pay $4-$7 a kilo.

Celery adds crunch, colour and flavour to stir-fries, soups, casseroles and salads. Consider serving this versatile vegetable on its own, tossed in chilli, garlic and ginger or add sliced rump steak and black bean sauce. Victorian grown celery is $2-$4 a bunch, depending size. Try this easy rocket, celery & chicken salad with lemon mayonnaise.

If you adore olives, then try pickling our own. You can pick up a kilo of green Kalamata olives this week for $5-$6 a kilo depending on size.

Add the delicious taste and delightful crunch of snow peas to stir-fries and autumn salads. Snows peas are a thrifty buy at $7-$10 a kilo. The best eating snow peas are firm and flat and have no bulging peas.

FLOWERS

Treat yourself to a bunch of fresh flowers. This week’s best buy’s include, lisianthus, snap dragon, dahlia, celosia, snowberries, arum lilies, oriental lilies, pineapple lily, pink ice protea, hyacinth gerbera, beehive ginger, sedum is finishing, roses are stunning at is time of year, especially the David Austin roses, chrysanthemums, hanging amaranth, dancing lady and Easter daisies.

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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 2017-04-04 21:45:00

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