Dandenong Market Specials

Market specials available until Tuesday 30 May
Green papaya: $4.99 each

Most commonly used in Vietnamese or Thai cuisines, the flesh of the green papaya is lean and sweet with a texture and consistency to that of a mango, although the seeds are tart and peppery. Most often used in savory dishes, it can be grated into salads, or added to soups and curries.

From G’Day Fresh (R01, Fruit and Veg)

Jonagold apples: $1.99 a kilo

A cross between a sweet-tart Jonathon apple and sweet Gold Delicious, with a firm clear skin and bright red over gold colouring, Jonagolds with their crisp and juicy flesh are perfect for sauces, pies and salads. Jonagolds are best soon after harvest, as they do not store well and tend to soften if refrigerated.

From G’Day Fresh (R01, Fruit and Veg)

Sweet Potato: $2.50 a kilo (price may vary)

This violet fleshed sweet potato is native to East Asia. It is quite sweet and used mainly for deserts, particularly in the Philippines. In India, it is used for deserts and snacks, but also appears in mixed vegetable dishes.
When cooked, its purple coloured flesh darkens to deep violet. Cut into slices or cubes, it cooks in 10 minutes and begins to break up at 15 minutes.

From JJ’s Fruit and Veg (T04, Fruit and Veg)

Spinach: $1.50 a bunch

Among the many virtues of this green are its soft, juicy leaves and strong flavour that goes beautifully with dairy and eggs—try a yummy ricotta and spinach pie or add it to your scrambled eggs.

From Raif’s Vegies (S04, Fruit and Veg)

Truss tomatoes: $3.99 a kilo

Usually grown in greenhouses, truss tomatoes are a group or cluster of smaller stems where flowers and fruit develop. As they are grown in a protective environment the fruit is almost always of a high quality and taste. For the best flavour, eat them at room temperature or for a quick and easy meal, place tomatoes on a lined baking tray, drizzle with oil and vinegar and roast in a 200-220c oven for 15 minutes.

From S&G Fresh (S04, Fruit and Veg)

Tunisian dates: $10 a kilo

These light amber coloured Tunisian (deglet noor) dates have a chewier and much dried texture than Medjool dates and tend to keep longer. With a distinct delicate flavour, they are not as sweet or as moist as Medjool dates but have softer caramel like taste. Great to snack on or use in bread, cookie or cake recipes.

From Afghan Bazaar (M25, Meat, Fish and Deli)

Walnuts: $9.99 a kilo

Ever wondered the secret to opening a walnut shell with a knife? Make sure you hold the walnut tightly, and with a knife insert it in seam of the shell and twist like a key to prise open. If done correctly the walnut will split open. Pluck out the walnut meat, breaking the shell further as need. To store uneaten shelled walnuts, store in a cool dry area in an airtight container or freezer bag.

From Rainbow Fruit (R04, Fruit and Veg)

Free range & gluten free beef and vegie burgers: 10 for $20

There are so many reason to love a burger. This feel-good food can be dressed up in many ways- add it to burger buns with a choice of salads and toppings, plate burgers with mash, onions and gravy to make delicious meal for the family, or pair with chips and sauce for a delicious snack in front of the telly.

From Dandy Free Range Meat & Poultry (M17, Meat, Fish and Deli)

Dip and bread: $4

Try a delicious Hummus, Tszaki or chilli dip with warm freshly made tandoori bread. Great as a snack, party food or even for the kid’s lunchboxes.

From TaZa (M23, Meat Fish and Deli)

Coconut Macaroons: $1 each or 5 for $4.50

Chewy and moist on the inside, crispy and golden on the outside, coconut macaroons are an irresistible biscuit which keeps well for days, and makes them the perfect cookie to make ahead of time for those special occasions These yummy macaroons are also the perfect quick sweet treat that the kids will love helping to make.

From Baker Boys (P14, The Pantry)

Loving Earth (150g) Maqui: $35 or Cacu Cacu Superfood powder: $37

Loving Earth is dedicated to sourcing and manufacturing the highest quality organic, fairly traded and wild crafted functional foods. Try Maqui berry powder which was staple diet for the Mapuche warriors and used in Chilean folk medicine to relieve inflammation and fever. Cacu Cacu which grows on a bushy riverside shrub in the shallows of the Amazon Rivers is renowned for its high vitamin C content. Add raw organic maqui or cacu cacu powder to smoothies, juices or cereals.

From Peanut Market (P11-13, The Pantry)

Potted Orchids: $15 each

The exoticness and beauty of the orchid flowers make them an often sought after bloom. With over 25,000 species they are available in every colour of the rainbow except a true blue. Orchids add flair to any floral bouquets or simply use potted plants as centrepieces.

From J & E Flowers (V05, Fruit and Veg)

Straw flowers: $5 bunch

Also, known as paper daisy or everlasting, these delightful strawflowers with their papery dry bracts which surround the flowers are great for dried flower arrangements. With their unique texture and vivid colours, they are great for drying and maintain their colours indefinitely.

From Indris Zekirija Flowers (Market Square)

20% off range of gem stone jewellery

Who doesn’t love a beautiful statement piece of jewellery? Whether it be a colourful and decorative stone necklace or a brilliant bejewelled bracelet, these bold, fashionable gemstone jewellery will compliment any look and style.

From Gem Stone Fashion Jewellery (E18, The Bazaar)

20% off women's handbags

What woman doesn’t need a new handbag for every occasion! Phorntip Brockwell Leather hand bags has a vast range of on- trend women’s leather and fashion handbags available in all colours, styles and prices. From crossbody, to clutches or totes to evening bags, there is something for everyone.

From Phorntip Brockwell Leather bags (E16-17, The Bazaar)