In now: Ripe honeydew has a waxy, cream-coloured skin and juicy flesh. It is sweetest at room temperature.
At its best: The mysterious mushroom increases its growth in response to barometric pressure, even in a climate-controlled shed. Salute the weirdness in salads and grills.
Best buy: The white and yellow-fleshed peaches grown on the NSW north coast and around the Hawkesbury are coming good.
In the vegie patch: The soft fresh leaves of kaffir lime are delicious finely shredded and scattered over anything Thai. Adults only – infuse leaves in vodka for a week. Discard leaves, experiment with a Christmas cocktail.
- keep an eye out for Bel Oro melons which arrive in November
- last chance for artichoke preservers
- the Northern Territory mangoes are at their peak
- look for Sydney-grown big sweet camerosa strawberries