In season

March 29

Bad news: Leatherwood honey is unique to Tasmania, where leatherwoods are understorey shrubs in forests in the west of the island. Long-burning fires this summer prevented many apiarists accessing their hives at harvest time. They expect shortages of leatherwood honey this season, and possibly into the future, depending on the extent of damage to the plants.

At their best: Green olives are available for brine-your-own.

Best buy: Lemons are back on the menu after their summer break. Grate the zest over mixed heirloom tomatoes, dress with fresh olive oil and good salt.

In the vegie patch: The wet weather brought snails and slugs. Guard the soft-leaf veg.

What else:

  • early quinces are in
  • so are the first pomegranates of the Australian season
  • autumn rhubarb is fat and long-stemmed so a better bunch buy than usual
  • pumpkins are deliciously¬†good value

2 thoughts on “March 29

  1. Roger Lembit says:

    Leatherwood is a plant in the Eucryphia genus and includes two species in South America. In Chile the honey produced from E. glutinosa is called Ulmo and tastes remarkably similar to Leatherwood.
    Due to the potential introduction of pathogens, Ulmo honey has not been able to be brought into Australia.
    By the way, the Leatherwood trees were flowering quite heavily in Tasmania this year, so it is a shame the exceptional fires may have tainted the honey.

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