In season

September 29

In now: Pomelos have been part of Sydney backyard orchards since colonial days when they were called shaddocks. Mostly jammed by cooks in previous centuries, we now prefer them in salads. Enjoy the local harvest.

Almost gone: The New Zealand-grown gold kiwifruit are coming to the end of their run.

Best buy: Artichokes are the bargain. Buy by the box to pickle or preserve.

In the vegie patch: Choose a sunny spot to sow basil, or plant seedlings, for summer pesto. The best-flavour is from ‘Sweet Basil’, though the purple forms, such as ‘Dark Opal’ and ‘Purple Ruffles’ look great. Use some more seed to thickly sow an empty strawberry punnet. Harvest the baby leaves as microgreens: excellent on thinly sliced sashimi tuna!

What else:

  • broccoli and bunches of broccoli side shoots are cheap
  • the best of the brussels sprouts will be over soon so enjoy them all ways now
  • Queensland-grown eggplant is at its peak
  • there are a a few bunches of Australian-grown grapes around but the main season is still a way off
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