The Northern Territory mango season is hotting up with thousands of trays arriving in the Sydney Markets and are dispersed to greengrocer across NSW and ACT. So, if you fancy a juicy mango be sure to pick up a juicy Kensington Pride or a firmer fleshed R2E2 variety as mangoes are $1.50-$4 each. Your local greengrocer will also have specials on trays or multi buys, so make the most of cheap mangoes this week.
Honeydew melons are in season. Select from two varieties, both have super sweet white flesh but one has a white rind and the other a golden yellow rind. Expect to pay $2-$4 each depending on variety.
The sweet, attractive crimson flesh of seedless watermelon makes a refreshing change. Enjoy a slice or wedge as a healthy snack or dessert fruit. It also is a tasty addition to a homemade juice. Seedless watermelons are selling for around $1-$2, if purchased whole..
Sweet and tangy Queensland pineapples are $3-$5 each. Pineapples do not ripen further after harvesting, once cut, cover and refrigerate. Serve sliced, diced, crushed or pureed. These Pineapple & chicken satay kebabs are tasty.
Harvesting of South Australian, Western Australia and Victoria strawberries is yielding quality berries and punnets are very reasonably priced at $2-$4 a punnet.
Large cherry tomatoes are a top buy at $2-$3 a punnet. Try them roasted or added to a pasta like this fast and fresh Cherry tomato, chilli & tuna spaghetti.
Versatile and vitamin rich, avocados are a health choice and a bargain at $1-$3 each. This Spicy avocado, tomato & lime salsa with salmon is perfect to serve as a mid-week meal.
Fresh beetroots are a thrifty buy at $1.50-$2 a bunch. Bake, steam or microwave, the cooking times will vary depending on the size of the bulbs – it helps to choose bulbs of a similar size so they will cook in the same time. Add diced beetroot to a salad. Try a combination of beetroot, watercress, toasted walnuts and goat’s cheese.
Fast to cook, versatile, healthy and delicious – Aussie green asparagusis a bargain at $1-$2 a bunch. Barbecue, sauté or steam and serve with cracked black pepper and Parmesan cheese. Toss together this Broccoli, snow Pea, asparagus stir-fry and serve with salt & pepper squid or alternative protein.
Liven up a pasta dish, stir-fry or rice dish with broccoli florets or cut heads in to 4 thick slices to serve steamed for barbecued, then drizzled with a salsa verde or romanesque sauce. Broccoli is retailing at $2-$4 a kilo.
If you’re a fond of nutty flavoured broad beans than now is the time to get cooking. Broad beans are plentiful and inexpensive. Choose firm, pale green broad beans with plump, rather than bulging, pods. Smaller young pods house the most tender beans. Snap up premium quality broad beans for $3-$6 a kilo. This broad bean & spinach dip is also delicious used as a sandwich spread.
Crunchy radishes with their colourful skin and crisp-white flesh have a unique peppery flavour. Add very thinly sliced radish to salads, slaws and sandwich fillings. This Lettuce, cucumber, radish & chicken salad is fresh and tasty. Radishes are $2.50-$3.00 a bunch.
Team mild aniseed flavoured Victorian fennel at $1-$2 a bulb with smoked salmon. Try this tasty salad combination Crunchy greens & smoked salmon salad.
Vibrant Lebanese cucumbers add a juicy crunch to salads and are perfect to serve with dips. They team well with the fresh flavours like mint and dill, tomatoes, lemon, sour cream, feta and yoghurt. Lebanese cucumbers are $2-$4 a kilo.
Sold by the bunch, tender English spinach is delicious eaten raw or cooked. Wash leaves and stems then shred to add them to a salad, omelette, pasta dishes or a risotto. English spinach is good value at $1.50-$2 a bunch.
If you’re tossing together a stir fry, pick up a few bunches of Asian vegetables such as Bok choy and Choy sum, at $1.50-$2 a bunch, they are great value, full of flavour and only take minutes to cook.
Crisp and vibrant, green snow peas are a choice buy at $8-$10 a kilo. Cooked quickly they maintain their stunning colour and certainly liven up a stir-fry, salad to vegetable medley.