In now: It’s time to taste the tropics as fruit season peaks in the tropical north. Carambola has a mild sweet flavour. Slice it horizontally to see why it’s also called star fruit.
At its best: Parsnip is said to become sweeter after frosts. Test the theory by cooking some now. Peel only if necessary and make a judgement call about the core.
Best buy: Brussels sprouts store well in loose plastic in the crisper.
In the vegie patch: Order tomato seed from online suppliers, sow into jiffy pots and germinate on a warm windowsill to plant out in September.
- white and red cabbage are both sweet and good
- buerre bosc pears have a creamy texture and lightly fragrant flavour
- there is plenty of horseradish around to spice up a steak
- the blood oranges are coming good