Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
8 - 14 May 2017


FRUIT

Avocados contain ‘good’ unsaturated fat and are the richest source of vitamin E of all fruits and vegetables. Avocado supplies are on the increase and prices are easing. Expect to pay $2-$4 each, depending on size. Get the kids to make mum this tasty and easy to make Mother’s Day breakfast. Avocado smash, tomatoes & egg on toast.

Easy to peel mandarins are plentiful. Depending on variety and size mandarins are $2-$5 a kilo.

Fill your fruit bowl with crunchy new season apples. Mix it up and try a few different varieties, select from Pink Lady, Fuji, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Greenstar and Bonza apples in season. Price will vary depending on variety, size and quality, averaging at $2-$7 a kilo. Look for specials on small apples.

Ruby red rhubarb has a distinct tangy flavour that teams superbly with apples, nashi, pears, cinnamon, lemon rind, ginger and cream to make warming winter desserts. Rhubarb is a popular buy in the cooler months. Expect to pay $3.50-$4 a bunch. Try our rhubarb and hazelnut cake recipe.

It is the perfect time to enjoy pears. Plump and delicious varieties such as Packham, Buerru Bosc, Josephine and Corella are a rich source of fibre and loaded with naturally sweet juice. Packham and Buerru Bosc pears are $2-$4 a kilo and Corella $4-$7 a kilo, depending on size.

Snap up the last of the season’s deliciously sweet figs and plums. Fresh plums and figs are ideal for stewing to serve with yoghurt or top stewed fruit with a crumble topping and bake. Figs are $1-$3 each and plums $2-$10 a kilo, depending on variety.

There is an enticing range of grapes instore. If you like your grapes sweet and crunchy than we recommend the Crimson seedless and Thompson seedless grapes priced $4-$8 a kilo.

Discover the delicate sweet flavour and musky aroma of the exquisite quinces for $3-$5 a kilo. Quinces are complemented by cinnamon, cloves, lemon, honey, garlic, mint, allspice and cumin. In the Middle East quinces are often used in sweet and savoury recipes.

VEGETABLES

Love them or loath them, there is no denying that Brussels Sprouts are loaded with goodness and are great value at $4-$6 a kilo. Try this tasty combination Brussels sprouts with chorizo & crispy breadcrumbs.

Tender, juicy new season ginger is mild in flavour and less fibrous than old ginger. New ginger is pale in colour and its thin skin reduces its shelf life. I recommend storing peeled ginger in a jar covered with Sherry, gin or rice wine in the refrigerator, it keeps well and the liquid takes on a delicious ginger flavour that can be added to your cooking. New season ginger is retailing at $12-$20 a kilo.

Broccoli is excellent value this week at $3-$5 a kilo. Lightly steamed or microwave for best results. Small florets add colour to a pasta dishes or serve cold tossed in a tasty dressing.

Add chestnuts to your shopping list. Supplies and quality is excellent and prices are ranging from $5-$12 a kilo. Once cooked, their creamy-white flesh is similar in texture to a roast potato with a delicate, sweet, nutty flavour for. Try chestnuts cooked and removed from their hard shell, then stir fried or add to a casseroles, meat stuffings, pasta filling or puree to use in cakes and desserts. 11 scrumptious ways to make the most of chestnuts.

Sweet eating field grown red capsicums are a top buy at $3-$5 a kilo. Glasshouse grown red capsicums are $5-$7 a kilo.

Fennels crisp texture and distinctive mild aniseed flavour is delicious teamed with lamb, fish and tomato. Enjoy it raw sautéed, or baked. Shred and add to soups, salads and pasta sauces. Fennel is $1.50-$2.50 a bulb.

Spinach ( $2-$3 a bunch) and the more robust silverbeet, the quality is excellent and bunches are priced at $3-$3.50 each.

Leafy kale is versatile and tasty. Wash leaves; remove the stem and shred finely. Toss into a hot pan and cook until just wilted. Kale is selling for $2-$3 a bunch.

FLOWERS

Put a smile on mum face with a beautiful boutique of fresh flowers. Learn more about Chrysanthemums, including the different types and colour meanings with our article Five different types of Mums. Your local florist has all the best quality and variety and will create a special bouquet for your Mum. This week’s best buys include local Spider chrysie, Ping pong chrysie, Ornamental kales, stock, parrot tulips, hyacinth, carnations, lisianthus, Tiger lilies, roses, black calla lilies, silver dollar gum, orchards and celosia.

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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 2017-05-09 00:30:00

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