In now: Our major early-season pear is Williams, which ripens quickly so should be bought green and watched closely. Silvana is a new addition to the early-season roster. It has a red blush over green-gold skin, creamy flesh with a good sweet-acid balance.
At their best: The first commercially grown apple of the new year is Royal Gala. It’s a sweeter and juicier sport of the original Gala apple, found in New Zealand and introduced in 1934.
Hard to find: A shortage of hass avocadoes has lifted prices, but the creamy reed is a great alternative. This is a big fat avo with a great nutty flavour.
In the vegie patch: Celebrate the tomato harvest by making your own ketchup or passata.
- the locally grown apricots are finishing, and the harvest now shifts to New Zealand
- pretty speckled borlotti beans can be hunted down
- late summer is peak season for NSW grown rockmelons which like to ripen over a long hot summer.
- it’s a late start to the achacha season, but they’re on now