In now: Sadly the ecclesiastical hue of purple asparagus fades to drab when cooked so it’s best bought super-fresh and enjoyed raw.
Hard to find: Lemons are in short supply and the gap is filled with imports from the US. Search for local fruit or experiment with sour alternatives.
Best buy: Baby bok choy grows fast. When the weather stays warm it can be harvested just a month after sowing. The speedy turnaround is reflected in the price –always a bargain.
In the vegie patch: Sow a new patch of lettuce and rocket to ensure homegrown salad for Christmas lunch.
- Add some watercress to the salad mix
- Those big fat blueberries are at their best for only a bit longer
- It’s getting to the end of the run for the navel oranges, and not quite time to pick the Valencias, so shop carefully to find well-stored fruit
- The US-developed Zee Sweet nectarines are firm when ripe – perfect for transporting long distances. They are the only nectarine sold with a name so you know what to do if you like them, and if you don’t.