In now: Pine mushrooms are popping up in the forests around Sydney. Supply is inconsistent and weather-dependent, so buy them if you see them.
At their best: Passionfruit are available all year but we’re in currently in a purple patch. Expect good prices for the next few months if the warm weather holds up north.
Best buy: Machine-picked green beans are a bargain. They don’t last as long as hand-picked so buy with a menu in mind.
In the vegie patch: Get busy harvesting summer produce and preserving or sharing the spoils. Winter veg will need to go in soon.
- wet weather is causing the figs to split so they last even less well than usual. If rot threatens, get out the jam jars, quick.
- prickly pears require a commitment, but if you fancy an experiment, have a look at the colonial-era prickly pear jelly Jacqui Newling found.
- snake beans are still great value
- the new season custard apples are starting to arrive