In now: Most persimmon grown in Australia are sweet persimmon which can be eaten hard and crisp, or let soften. Find them also called fuji fruit.
At its best: Rockmelons that ripened through the long summer months are now sweet eating. They are being picked in Hay and Griffith in NSW and in South Australia.
Best buy: Large zucchini that grew too fast for the pickers are a bargain. Not so good for salads or quick sautés, these are perfect for souping or using in baked goods.
In the vegie patch: Keep picking the flower heads off the basil to prolong the harvest.
- expect some pine mushrooms to start popping up
- broccoli is briefly pricey in the lull between the Victorian and Queensland harvests
- it’s the moment for Roman beans, also sold as flat beans
- breakfast fruit is a challenge, with mangoes all but finished and oranges not yet begun. Go melon or custard apple or those peaches you poached when they were so good!