Marketfresh Report Week Ending 17th January

information courtesy of Sue Dodd - Sydney Markets

Juicy and a bit sweeter than other pineapples, Bethonga pineapples are also lower in acid, and higher in vitamin C. Picked ripe and ready to eat pineapple is delicious in sweet and savoury dishes.
Who could possibility resist enjoying luscious and fragrant peaches and nectarines at the moment? Bursting with summery sweetness, both yellow and white-fleshed peaches and nectarines are readily available
Donít miss out on sweet eating, plump and delicious late-season cherries. Most cherries are now coming from Tasmanian. They are excellent quality
Don't miss out of the last of the Australian grown apricots. The fruit is now coming from Tasmanian
Summer is the best time to enjoy in-season tomatoes. Ripened in the warmer weather tomatoes are full-flavoured truss cherry tomatoes are an excellent buy
Snake beans
Versatile and tasty snake beans are in season and are great in salads, stir-fries, curries and laskas. Snake beans are sold in bunches, snake beans are about 30cm in length and have a delicate flavour.
You say potato, and we think of a summery potato salad. Perfect for enjoying with summery barbecue or taking on a picnic
Valencia oranges are extra flavoursome late summer. It is typical of Valencia oranges to display green pigments on their skin; this does not indicate that the fruit is under-ripe at this time of year. Choose oranges that feel heavy for their size as this means high juice content
Antioxidant-rich blueberries are a bargain this week
For a tropical, sweet summer-sensation, pick up a bag of new season lychees. They're easy to peel and are the best value at this time of the year
Why not try...
Aussie grape season is in full swing with good supplies coming from the Sunraysia area. So grab please do yourself a favour and pick up a generous, juicy bunch or a kilo bag, to enjoy as a snack, or for a burst of sweet add grapes to salads. Select from white, red and black seedless varieties
Eggplants are at their best value from late summer to early autumn as Sydney growers are harvest quality crops. Select smooth eggplant with a firm, satin-like, glossy skin, which feels heavy for their size
Kids and adults alike love the refreshing crunch of cucumbers. Baby cucumbers are a miniature cucumber that makes a healthy snack and are ideal for adding a little crunch to our salads
Zucchinis are a breeze to prepare. No need to peel, simply slice, dice or grate, their mild flavour makes them a hit with the kids. Delicious barbecued.
Fragrant, tangy and tropical tasting, passionfruit is a summer favourite. Team passionfruit is peaches, nectarines, mangoes, pineapples or berries and serve with a scoop of ice-cream.
Attractively coloured and rich in flavour summer plums vary in shapes, skin and flesh colour, and flavours. Give plums the ultimate summer treatment, cook them on the barbecue or toss wedges or slices through salads
Stay hydrated and cool with a twist of lime juice and mint in iced water.
A South Australian grown Reed avocados is the most flavoursome and creamy avocado available at this time of year
A barbecue is not complete without mushrooms. Flats (large open mushrooms) have a rich, intense flavour and meaty texture
Salad greens
At this time of year light, salads are the star of the kitchen. Baby spinach leaves are a tasty and convenient addition to the salad.
From late summer to early autumn, locally grown sweetcorn shines for quality and freshness. Add corn kernels to salads, salsas, fritters, pasta dishes, meat patties and rice dishes for colour and sweetness.

Seasonal Recipes - Summer

Szechuan and turmeric kimchi
This is a recipe I created after repeatedly spending over 10 dollars for a small jar of a delicious commercial brand. It costs the same t0 make almost almost five times the amount and the process is ridiculously easy. The longer you leave it the nicer it gets.

Mackerel and Broad Bean salad with Rocket dressing
Hooray, itís broad bean season again. Seize the moment. Hereís the perfect lunch to serve on a warm spring day. Accompanied with a small basket of warmed sourdough wholegrain rolls, your guests will leave satisfied and sated for the remainder of the day.

Pineapple Frangipanni Cake
This dessert does take time to prepare but itís delicious, not too sweet and thereís nothing like it available commercially. You may have to serve it with ice cream (but find a good one) for the diehards who have a sweet tooth, but personally I like it with a sheepís yoghurt and sliced fresh pineapple.

Grilled Spatchcock with a salad of beetroot, orange, watercress & baby herbs
Recipe courtesy of Game Farm.

Quinoa, Pistachio and Rose Petal Salad
Combining these ingredients together feels more like art than cooking, but then again cooking is an art in itself. Gluten intolerants will also enjoy this pretty salad that is delicious served with grilled lamb, chicken or haloumi and vegetable kebabs.

Fennel, Chilli, Garlic & Pumpkin Pasta
The chilli & garlic in this pasta dish provide a lovely warming quality for the cooler nights of autumn and winter however this recipe also tastes nice cold during Summer and Spring. If you like spice simply add more chilli...The most important thing to remember?....Always use good quality pasta and parmesan!

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