In now: Feijoas are sometimes called pineapple guavas in an attempt to describe the tropical fruit salad-dressed-with-lemon-juice flavour of this South American fruit. Big in New Zealand, demand for the feijoa is growing here too. Fruit is ready to eat when slightly soft.
At its best: Fennel of all sizes is fresh and crisp.
Last chance: Snake beans are on the way out so act fast for one more green papaya salad.
In the vegie patch: Feijoa is a great backyard fruit tree; small, clippable and with beautiful red edible flowers. Sadly fruit fly love it so harvests are best when the tree can be netted. Where fruit fly is not a problem it makes a fabulous edible hedge.
- I like the tartness of the early season mandarins available now
- there are now packham pears to add to the corella, buerre bosc choices
- look for bargain bunches of silver beet
- the persimmons are getting better as the nights get cooler