Dandenong Market Specials

Market specials available until Tuesday 2 May
Capsicums: green: $2.49 a kilo / red: $3.49 a kilo

All capsicums start off green with a lovely sharp, peppery flavour, which mellows and becomes increasingly sweet as they ripen to yellow, orange and red. Capsicums can be eaten raw or cooked, and are used in many Italian, Spanish, Mexican, Thai and Chinese dishes—try them in stir-fries, on pizzas, in paella and pasta sauces, or stuffed with couscous and roasted.

From Vasfi & Lirim Memedovski (ST11, Fruit and Veg)

Chokos: $4 a kilo

Native to Central America, Mexico and the West Indies, chokos were introduced to Australia by early white settlers. This low-calorie member of the gourd family is cheap, packs a healthy punch of Vitamin C and is very versatile—try them in stir-fries, curries, stews and soups, or baked or poached with fruit and used in desserts. Older chokos have a sticky sap just under the skin that can irritate some skin types, so it is best to peel them under running water or while wearing gloves.

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

Turnips: $2.99 a kilo

Turnips are high in Vitamin C and were a daily staple for English peasants before the potato came along, but that doesn’t mean you should turn your nose up—sautéed, roasted, mashed or added to stews and soups, these little beauties will deliver a hit of lovely peppery flavour that will transform any dish into a meal fit for a king. Try mashing turnips with garlic and parmesan, or roasting baby turnips with garlic and rosemary.

From Alexander Produce (ST04, Fruit and Veg)

Extra-large pineapples (QLD): $5 each

Did you know that pineapples are a sweet and healthy way to kick sugar cravings to the curb? Their tangy taste also makes pineapples great in pork and chicken dishes—they even contain an enzyme that can help to tenderize the meat—and on the barbecue as part of a veggie and prawn kebab. Once picked, pineapples won’t get any sweeter and are best eaten within a few days—ask a Trader for help if you don’t know how to pick a ripe one.

From Alexander Produce (ST04, Fruit and Veg)

LavAzza "Qualita Oro" ground coffee: 2 packs for $9.99

For a delicious coffee why not try LavAzza Qualita Oro ground coffee with 100% Arabica beans and a crisp and aromatic taste. Time to get brewing!

From Sam’s Spice & Grocery (M04-06, Meat, Fish and Deli)

Koala Homestyle biscuits 300g/400g: 3 packets for $10

Who doesn’t love a bikky with your cuppa? Check out the range of Koala Homestyle biscuits and indulge your tastebuds with anzac cookies, raspberry coconut, apricot, lemon or raspberry swirls or everyone’s favourite chocolate chip. Time to put the kettle on?

From Sam’s Spice & Grocery (M04-06, Meat, Fish and Deli)

Gladioli: $5 a bunch

Symbolizing strength and moral integrity, gladioli also represent infatuation, with a bouquet conveying to a recipient that they pierce the giver's heart with passion.

From Indris Zekirija Flowers (X03, Market Square)

Stock: $5 a bunch

These delightful scented blooms also known as gillyflower or Virginia stock are a symbol of a happy life and contented existence. How sweet is that!

From Indris Zekirija Flowers (X03, Market Square)

Citrus trees: from $28

Imagine a hedge or privacy screen of all your favourite citrus trees: lemon, lime, mandarin, orange or persimmons. After all every Aussie backyard needs a good lemon tree. Quality Plants has a huge range of quality citrus trees to choose from.

From Quality Plants (Q02, Market Square)

Dog bed ($20)

Bbbbrrrr! It's cold out there! Make sure your beloved pooch is getting a cosy night's sleep with this comfy dog bed from Louise's Pet Supplies. Soft and comfy like a cloud but durable and easy to clean.
Medium: $20. Large: $22.

From Louise's Pet Supplies.