In now: Tangelos are juicy, brilliantly coloured, sweetly flavoured citrus. Americans can’t get enough of them but we are not so keen. Local fans should find them now and buy them often to convince growers not to convert to better-selling mandarins.
At its best: Cumquats are ready for eating or jamming. They can also be preserved in sugar for a sweet treat, or in salt, as for lemons. I found a good recipe here.
Best buy: Field-grown eggplant from Queensland is the bargain. Roast, barbecue, fry or curry. We recently ate this curry for dinner and loved it.
In the vegie patch: After harvesting cumquats, follow up with a prune to shape and revitalise the tree. You can leave off feeding until the end of July,then set the tree up for spring. I like Yates Dynamic Lifter Plus Fruit Food.
- kale is still a bargain if you can face any more of it
- the wild mushrooms are nearly finished
- make something with quince
- and rhubarb, but not together!