In season

December 9

In now: Blackberries, boysenberries, karakaberries and their relatives aren’t keepers so buy to eat.

Scarce: Lemons are pricey and imported, limes are just plain pricey. Wily cooks will have frozen juice when the fruit was plentiful. For other sources of lemon flavour look to lemon myrtle, lemon verbena and lemon balm.

Best buy: Cucumbers are great value. Try Lebanese and telegraph, as well as the little snacking cukes and pale, seedy apple cucumbers. Eat fresh, or stir fry with ginger and garlic.

In the vegie patch: Don’t compost the dandelions before pulling off the young leaves to add to salads. Naturally only eat herbicide-free leaves!

What else:

  • lychees have arrived but are pricey this early in the season; as are the figs
  • those big bunches of big fat asparagus won’t last – enjoy one last time
  • there are some great tomatoes around – the mini-Romas are especially good
  • look for bargains in snowpeas

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