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Summer Stonefruit

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FRESH FACT: When most Australians think of stonefruit we think of peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots and cherries. There is however more to the story, these stonefruit (or drupes) belong to the Rose family (Rosaceae) and boast family ties with almonds, loquats,pomes (apples/pears), raspberries (multiple drupes that make up a single fruit) and even strawberries. While not related to the Rose…

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GOING BANANAS

By | Asian Produce, Autumn, Fruit, herbs, Produce, Produce Varieties, Spring, Summer, Sydney Markets, Vegetable, Winter | No Comments

FRESH FACT:  Bananas (much like money) do NOT grow on trees. Related to the lily and orchid, the banana plant is actually a giant herb that produces edible fruit, known to reach 9m in height, it is the world’s largest perennial plant without a woody stem.   The banana is one of the most well known and easily recognisable fruits…

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Exotic Mushrooms

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FRESH FACT: The oyster mushroom is used widely in Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Indian cooking and is often considered to be an ‘Asian mushroom’, in actual fact however the fungus was first cultivated in Germany (circa 1917) as a subsistence measure after WW1. Since this time, oyster mushrooms have gone on to become one of the world’s most important mushroom…

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FRESH FLAVOURS FROM THE MARKETS

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Q: Stephanie Alexander says she can’t a few days without cooking one, but what is a mad apple? October is the time of year when we start to get quietly excited about the ‘different’ produce lines showing up at that markets. Beyond the New Season Australian white asparagus (just in and exceptional quality), Halloween Pumpkins (ready for carving) and the new…

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MANGO MAGIC

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Q: What does Paisley pattern have to do with Mangoes? It’s easy to tell when mangoes are in full swing at the Sydney Markets, not only are the luscious yellow fruits clearly in abundance but their sweet, tropical aroma literally takes over the Flemington site, distracting buyers and visitors with early morning visions of cocktails and beach holidays. While we’re…

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PRICKLY CHARACTERS:

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Q: Why are some pineapples sold topless? As far as fresh produce goes, I have always considered pineapples to be relatively straightforward (despite the ongoing debate as to whether they belong on a pizza- or burger for that matter). The pineapple industry in Australia is very QLD centric with top quality fruit being produced from Brisbane to Cooktown, though small…

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BUYER’S GUIDE: Asian/Exotics – 27th Feb- 3rd March

By | Asian Produce, availability, Fruit, Local, Produce, Summer, supply, Sydney Markets, Updates, Vegetable | No Comments

With the rain impacting local ground grown crops i.e. asian leaf lines at the moment, here is our buyer’s guide to what’s missing or rare at the markets right now. Other leaf lines are up in price but quality is good. Asian Vegetables: Short Supply Gai Choy Asian Vegetables: Not Available Kachay – Lotus Root – Tamarind – Water Spinach…

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BUYER’S GUIDE: 28th Feb – 5th Mar 2012

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As your eyes at the markets, here’s this week’s seasonal update from our buyers: Overall the general market price is down due to lower demand, but quality is still showing signs of the poor weather. Again it’s the ground grown crops, local Asian vegetables and herbs that are worst hit. Fruit is still holding and in most products there is…

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