In now: The best blueberries from the northern rivers area of NSW start now.
At its best: NSW crops of broad beans are joining those of Queensland to swell supplies. Enjoy the bounty.
Best buy: Iceberg lettuce has a bargain moment in early spring. Use that refreshing crunch in a classic burger or with bang bang chicken; stir fry it with garlic; or cut it in wedges and drizzle with a salty creamy dressing, like anchovy aioli, blue cheese and buttermilk or fetta and yoghurt. To make the fetta dressing, put a wedge of fetta, a spoonful of thick natural yoghurt and a squeeze of lemon juice in the food processor with a teaspoon of sugar. Whizz to combine and then adjust flavours to suit your taste.
In the vegie patch: Plant watermelon seeds now for melons before New Year.
- parsnips are cheap for another few weeks
- grey zucchini are just as delicious as black
- cucumbers are as pricey as mangoes for another week or so
- broccoli is still a bargain