In season

February 17

In now: Fingerlimes are picked from January to early winter, but now is peak season. Different varieties have different coloured vesicles, but all have a citrus bite. Use in sweet and savoury salads or sprinkle over sashimi ocean trout.

At its best: Pumpkins that grew over summer are now great eating. The best buys are in whole fruit.

Best buy: Figs don’t ripen once they are picked and don’t store well either, so buy soft fruit to eat soon. Check www.hawkesburyharvest.com.au for local fig farm gate sales.

In the vegie patch: Pick pumpkins with stem attached to prevent rot. Store somewhere dry and airy.

What else:

  • I read today that cauliflower is the new kale. I’m not sure what that means – cauliflower smoothies coming to a cafe near you? To my way of thinking cauli is way more versatile than kale. My go-to – toss florets in olive oil and a sprinkle of Murray River salt and roast to just this side of burnt. You won’t believe how delicious this is.
  • are you enjoying the childhood flashback of the Golden Queen peaches? They taste like canned peaches, but better cause they’re fresh.
  • lots of USA pomegranates in stores. The locals are still a few weeks away.
  • it’s pesto season with plenty of big juicy leaves in garden beds, pots and shops.
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