In now: Look for bananas from northern NSW. Smaller, and ripened over a longer period than the Queensland mega-bananas, they have intense sweet flavour.
At their best: Sydney-grown sweetcorn is bursting with juicy sweetness.
Best buy: Grey zucchini aren’t grey at all but a lovely mottled pale green. Shorter and stumpier than the familiar dark green, they also have denser, more flavoursome flesh. Perfect grilled in salads.
In the vegie patch: Sow or plant another tripod of cucumber to provide crunchy salads through autumn. They like rich soil so add chicken manure and compost to the area first.
- all of last year’s apples are on sale as the new harvest starts. Well-stored sundowners will still be crisp. This early in the season the only fresh commercially-grown apple is royal gala. To find other varieties head to the orchards.
- if you’re indulging in figs, store them in the fridge only if you need to keep them. Bring them back to room temperature before eating.
- look out for the big round Reed avocado which has only a brief season.
- buy some cheap pineapple to cook up a spicy, gingery pineapple chutney.