In season

March 26

Here’s my column for the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food section,with some additions. Happy shopping and chopping!

In now: Brooks are a late-season mango that is mostly green when ripe, with just a touch of gold: a last bite of summer. Kietts are another late-season variety. They can be a bit variable but if you get a good one you’ll sweat the end of daylight saving is still weeks away.

At their best: Mushrooms are grown year-round but appeal most in their natural season – now.  Mushrooms should always be stored in paper. They continue to grow after they are picked, and the growth produces heat, which causes condensation if they are stored in plastic. The result is slimy mushrooms.

Best buy: Limes are first of the citrus harvest, starting in December with Queensland-grown fruit. The harvest has peaked – prices will climb next month, so grab them now for margaritas, or to make lime cordial for when fresh lime  prices put cocktail hour into the realm of extravagance.

In the vegie patch: Remove summer vegetables and dig in compost and manure ready for cool-season crops.

What else:

  • buy pomegranates carefully. New Australian-grown fruit is available, but so are the old US imports
  • figs are luscious: buy a box now as prices are about to go up again
  • do without avocados for a few more weeks; the quality isn’t great and neither is the quantity
  • good prices on eggplant

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