Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Adelaide Central Market Watch #3 Published 2/3/11 Advertiser Adelaide

An SMS ‘banana alert’ from a national banana distributor this week warned that the availability crisis has started - with case prices set to triple.  Predictions indicate that unaffected fruit will rise to $10kg as ‘pick-up’ or off the ground bananas now at $2 - $5 kg will run out.

Fruit and Veg
SA tomato stocks are in high demand in QLD and NSW, keeping our local prices up. We still have abundance, with eight tomato varieties available in the market. These include Tella from Murray Bridge, Blush and truss red from the giant indoor farm at Two Wells, also baby green tomatoes for pickling. Vine- ripened are at their best and sauce tomatoes are hard to find. Prices are all under $5kg. Like to grow your own? Plant the late variety Burnley Bounty seedlings available at Prettejohns - Stall 4.
Beetroot, the most versatile of the summer veggies, is brilliant now. Endless uses, but my favourite recipe this summer is Pancar Saltasi, from Claudia Roden. The beets are boiled, chilled, sliced and arranged on top of a platter of thick, plain yoghurt .  Drizzle with an olive oil, lemon and garlic dressing.
The sensational Royal Blue potatoes this week can be roasted up with sea salt and rosemary to satisfy all your culinary senses.
Best now are sweet corn at 3 for $3 and seedless grapes $4; Adelaide Hills lemons and limes are 4 for $2. Also the eco-friendly cocktail avocados grown at Ashbourne Hills by Frank Belperio are perfect and a great price at 8 for $2. McMahons Stall 47/48  
Look out for the superb HOT SHOT rockmelons from the Riverland - well priced at $1.99kg. Now is the time to indulge in fresh figs. Try the brown turkey, the white Adriatics and the black genoa varieties from House Of Organics Stall 34/35.

Meat and Poultry
Fire up the coals this weekend and BBQ Barossa Fine Foods Italian mild sausages at $11.50kg and duck and veal snags at $13.50kg - Stall 60.
Whole certified organic chooks $14.99 kg from Frank at Vegas - Stall 62.

Eat now food
Try Big Table - Fat Toast Big Brekkie- the complete breakfast of champions, topped with fresh basil pesto $13.50. Stall 39/40

Visit the new market Stall – A Taste of Marrakech. Owner and spice veteran Anouar’s collection of exotic Moroccan ingredients and spices includes dry harissa, ras el hanout, sumac, preserved lemons and dozens more. Gouger Street central entrance on Stand R19.

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