In now: Early blood oranges are being picked in Queensland. The fruit develops its best flavour when the swings between day and night temperatures are big, so the better flavoured fruit arrives later in the season.
At its best: Mid-winter is peak season for passionfruit, that quintessential summer fruit. Choose and use unwrinkled fruit. The wrinkles are a sign of dehydration. Passionfruit pulp freezes well so keep an eye out for bargains.
Best buy: Roast, sauté or deep fry Brussels sprouts, either halved, quartered or shredded. In Maui a few weeks ago (and isn’t that fun to say!) I had a salad of deep-fried quartered brussels sprouts on soft leaves, with mint and sliced radish. The dressing was ‘burnt orange’. It was good, but I reckon even better with some orange segments and walnuts or roasted almonds instead of the radish.
In the vegie patch: Buy certified virus-free seed potatoes and put them in egg cartons in a warm dark place to sprout. This is called chitting. Plant out in spring. You can get seed potatoes from Green Harvest. Get in quick for the pink eyes.
- grab a clementine if you can find one, they’re a delicious cross between mandarin and orange
- custard apples are still plentiful
- quince is still at its peak
- the pretty savoy cabbage is at its best