Market Fresh Report - Week Ending 5th April

information courtesy of Sue Dodd - Sydney Markets

Apples
Crunch into a new season apple. Select from Jazz, Kanzi, Royal Gala, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Bonza, Fuji, Granny and Pink Lady. To maintain the juicy, crisp, texture of apples at home, remember to store them in the refrigerator
Bananas
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.
Olives
If you adore olives, then try pickling our own. You can pick up a kilo of green kalamata olives this week.
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Mandarins
New season Imperial mandarins from Gayndah in QLD are started this week.
Asian Greens
A delightful array of Asian vegetables can be found at your local greengrocer. Add a delicious crunch and goodness to your stir-fries by adding a bunch of choy sum or pak choy.
Mushrooms
If you enjoy mushrooms and letís face it who doesnít? Then autumn is the perfect time to use mushrooms with other seasonal favourites, like chestnuts, pumpkin, leeks or Asian leafy greens. Team with jumbo flats or mild flavoured buttons in omelettes, sautť sliced mushrooms over crisp toasted and top with a poached egg.
Pomegranates
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.
Avocado
Smooth, creamy with a nutty flavour Shepard avocado are a top buy. 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.
Ruby Red Grapefruit
With its pinkish red flesh new season Ruby red grapefruit are attractive and sweet to eat. Add segments to a salad and team with shredded fennel, rocket or baby spinach leaves.
Broccolini
Broccolini this broccoli and gai lum cross has long tender, edible stems with small broccoli florets.
Leeks
Versatile, mild flavoured leeks are ideal for flavouring soups, casseroles, flans, pies and vegetable dishes. Combine leeks with cheese, cream, bacon, tomatoes, potatoes and mushrooms. Try leeks as an alternative to onions. Tip: Split and fan leeks, then wash, under running water to dislodge and soil.
Carrots
Pick up a kilo bag of ultra-versatile and super value carrots
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Rockmelon
There is a good supply of flavoursome, in expensive and good to eating rockmelon available at your local greengrocer. Itís time to pop rockmelons back on the shopping list.
Pears
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 like in this poached turmeric, lime & honey pears, use semi ripe fruit. New season William, Packham, Josephine and Beurru Bosc pears are all good value.
Limes
Extra juicy North Coast grown limes are still available
Eggplants
Versatile eggplants are available in a range of varieties in Autumn.
Fennel
Fennel is a crisp, root vegetable with a delicate aniseed flavour that complements lamb and seafood, fennel also teams deliciously with pears and plums. Serve thinly sliced fennel as an accompaniment to a hot curry or simmer in vegetable stock and serve with chicken.


Seasonal Recipes - Autumn


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!

Vegan Veggie Pie
Thereís something so fulfilling about making a pie from scratch and so satisfying to sit down to eat. This rustic pie takes a little time but is very easy and enjoyable to make Ė particularly when itís designed to look imperfect! The true perfectionists may want to make their own lentils, but canned work just as well and remove a step from this labour of love.

Fresh fig, orange and walnut cheesecake
This one is for all of you who love sweet desserts but who don't want to feel the weight of it around your middle the next day. With fresh figs on the top it's glorously sweet and perfectly balanced with all the other flavours. I hope you enjoy it.

Fresh Fig with Basil and Parmesan Pasta
Just because itís healthy, does mean it looks it! In this simple pasta dish we use basic pesto ingredients with less oil and saturated fat but with the same flavour. Switch regular pasta with wholemeal to boost its fibre content and serve it with an accompanying green salad. Itís a meal for the girls. Grab your girlfriends, set the table outside and whip it together in minutes. Who wants to spend hours indoors cooking with so much news to catch up on outside!

Chinese Omelette with Asian greens
I originally make and photographed this recipe using baby bok choy but after tasting it with stir fried water spinach, if you can get water spinach I think it's better.

Vegan Spanokopita
One of my favourite meals is a traditional Greek spanokopita. It's not something I make very often however there's no way to substitute the traditional paper fine flaky filo with a wholegrain alternative. The pastry packet says it's suitable for vegans and so, substituting the feta with a creamy cashew alternative, I reckon this recipes makes a pretty healthy vegan alternative to the real thing and it's scrumptious.

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