Marketfresh Report Week Ending 26th Septemberinformation courtesy of Sue Dodd - Sydney Markets
If you havenít done so this season, now is the time to sink your teeth into a juicy, tropical tasting North Territory mango. Sweet eating Kensington Pride mangoes are dropping in price.
Pop a sweet and juicy pineapple in the trolley this week. Choose firm fruit which feels heavy for its size. Pulling a leaf from the top is not a good indication of ripeness or flavour. Pineapples do not ripen after harvesting; a perfumed aroma indicates a good flavour
Blood oranges with their rich raspberry-red succulent flesh and sweet flavour
Fresh, luscious Victorian asparagus is top value and premium quality right now. Thick or thin spears are equally as tender, but it makes sense to buy the same thickness as they take the same time to cook
Tasty green beans are a choice buy this week. Machine harvested beans are the thriftiest option but need to be used within a few days or purchasing, while hand-picked beans are more expensive they generally last longer, when stored in the refrigerator.
In season for a short time, delicious broad beans are a source of protein and iron, making them especially valuable for those who choose a vegetarian diet. Broad beans have a delicious nutty flavour and are a tasty addition to salad, lentil or rice dishes.
Barbecue season is here, so itís time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. No barbecue is complete without the aromatic onions caramelising on the barbecue, so add a kilo or two of brown onions to your shopping list this week
Flavoursome Queensland and now Western Australian strawberries are available at your local greengrocer.
Start your day with antioxidant-rich blueberries. Youíll find plump, sweet blueberries are well priced this week.
Itís been a bumper season for Hass avocados, and they are still super good value
Broccolini is a thrifty buy this week. Add to pasta dishes, stir-fries or serve as a side veggie. Both Broccoli and Broccolini are good for your immune system and support heart and circulation health.
Revitalise your system with a glass of refreshing, nutritious carrot juice. Add a little ginger for extra zing. Versatile carrots are a thrifty buy
Snap up globe artichokes in early spring. Once cooked, their tender, delicious hearts are superb; simply drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and served with prosciutto, tomato and bocconcini cheese. Select fresh deep green or purple artichokes with firm heads and tightly closed leaves. Artichokes should feel heavy for their size
Naturally sweet bananas are a storehouse of carbohydrates, vitamins and fibre
Bursting with vitamin C papaya is a delicious tropical fruit. Use in smoothies and fruit salads or drizzle with lemon or lime juice and yoghurt for breakfast. When ripe and ready to eat, the skin turns a golden yellow, and the fruit will yield to gentle pressure around the stem.
Crisp young and tender baby bok choy is a top buy. , select bunches with crisp pale-cream stems and fresh-looking green leaves. For an easy family, dinner steam bok choy or toss into a hot wok and cook until just tender.
Versatile and mild-tasting English spinach is delightful eaten cooked or raw and this week is a bargain.
Be sure to snap up zucchinis. For something different, slice and marinate in soy sauce and grill at your next barbecue. Zucchinis can also be added to a stir fry, grated and baked in a cake or added to a frittata.
Small, new potatoes (also known as cocktail potatoes) have a shiny cream skin colour and moist white flesh. Boiled potatoes with aromatic fresh mint or tossed in herb butter