In now: The achacha season started late this year but the Queensland-grown harvest of these Bolivian natives has now started. The fruit is related to mangosteen and likewise offers a sweet treat inside a thick skin.
Act fast: Blood plums have only a short season. Buy shiny firm fruit to eat fresh, and jam or stew any that go soft.
Best buy: It’s been a great year for yellow peaches, and there are bargains in trays.
In the vegie patch: The rain and heat have everything growing madly, including mildew, snails and slugs. Keep a close eye and act on problems fast.
- Sydney-grown figs are available. All the rain has caused the fruit to split, so they’re best cooked. Try halved or quartered figs pan-fried til caramelised and piled on to mignonette lettuce and torn basil. Add fresh goat’s curd or fetta and dress with a balsamic dressing.
- dragonfruit looks like a hot pink hand grenade and tastes sweet and mild
- local eggplants are great value
- look out for bargains on locally-grown passionfruit