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Market Update 25th March 2020

Stone Fruits are still plentiful and make for some good eating. Peaches, Nectarines and Plums including some that were destined to be exported are now available at Seasonal prices

New-season Royal Gala, Granny Smith, Delicious and Golden Delicious apples are are sweet and crunchy

Put some Grapes on the shopping list this week with Seeded and Seedless varieties available.  Grapes are at their best in Autumn

Shepard Avocados with their creamy-smooth and a nutty-flavour 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

Pears, with their sweet, and juicy flesh, are an autumn delight! To ripen pears, leave at room temperature for 3-5 days. Select from Williams, Packham and Corella pears. Serve pears poached, add wedges to salads or enjoy sliced pears with low-fat cheese.

Sweet persimmon also known as fuji fruit is a non-astringent persimmon the most popular variety being the Fuyu. Select smooth, glossy, bright-coloured orange fruit. Like an apple, sweet persimmon can be eaten firm and crisp, however, you can also leave at room temperature to soften. Prices vary, depending on size and quality.

Banana prices are expected to ease as supplies increase. TIP: Remember that overripe bananas can be frozen, then added to a smoothie or defrost and add to cakes, muffins and pancakes.

Pomegranates are delicious and antioxidant enriched. Add colour and sweetness to an autumn salad with a generous sprinkle of Pomegranate arils; they team deliciously well with Oranges, Rocket, Feta, Rice, Lentils, Beetroot, Quinoa, Rhubarb, Pears and Lamb. Serve Pomegranates with Panna Cotta, yoghurt or spatter arils over a Pavlova

Lively, leafy Asian greens add flavour, colour and crunch to stir-fries. Make the most of the quality selection on offer steam or add leaves to a stir-fry. Most are locally grown so stored in the refrigerator on a plastic bag will keep fresh for several days

Red capsicum and Salad Tomatoes are a little short supplied. This is a result of delayed planting, earlier in the year, due to extreme weather. Supplies will be more abundant in the coming weeks

Kale is a super nutritious leafy green that is delicious and easy to prepare. Crisp and crunchy the leaves are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and iron. Toss trimmed leaves into stir-fries, soups, delicious roasted or sautéed Kale is a Thrifty Buy!

Eggplant comes in many shapes and sizes, so versatile, this mild-tasting veggie is the perfect addition to a variety of cold and cold autumn dishes because it readily absorbs flavour and becomes very tender once cooked. Eggplant is delicious any way you try it barbecued, roasted, grilled or fried.

Chestnut season has started and you would be nuts not to try them. Cooked chestnuts have a sweet, taste and a texture similar to roast sweet potato. Chestnuts are delicious eaten once boiled, baked, grilled or roasted.

Medium to large-sized Zucchinis are so versatile and their mild flavour makes them perfect for grating and adding to risotto, rissoles, meatloaf, pasta dishes and tasty Zucchini, Parmesan and Basil Frittatas

Fennel’s mild aniseed flavour is scrumptious teamed with Tomatoes, Oranges, Lemon or Yoghurt in salads. Roasted Fennel is a superb partner for Lamb, Chicken or Seafood. Bulbs can be cooked whole, cut into wedges or finely shredded for salads.

Broccolini is a versatile and quick to cook vegetable that is very similar to Broccoli in flavour. This week Broccolini makes for a thrifty option as Broccoli prices are seasonally high at present

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