In now: The cold snap has brought out the truffle hunters. Buy to eat, as these gems lose flavour fast. If you must store them, wrap in absorbent paper in a closed container in the crisper, or nestle them in a closed container of Arborio rice or eggs. Both will benefit from the truffle’s rich aroma.
Look for: Seville oranges are only briefly available. Marmaladers should be on high alert.
Best buy: Harris Farm Markets is selling truffle ‘seconds’, those that aren’t whole and round, at prices that encourage experiments.
In the vegie patch: Plant bee-attracting flowers to increase pollination in spring.
- sundowners are the last-picked apple of the season, and were harvested in May. They have just hit the shops.
- Queensland strawberries are at their peak. There are a few different varieties sold, irritatingly always unnamed. My favourite is the big, shiny, red-all-the-way-through Camerosa. Grower Kerrie McMartin told me when I visited McMartin’s Strawberry Farm with a lucky tour group last week that red wine drinkers always prefer the ‘cammies’. Sprung!
- you should be abel to find a bargain on roma tomatoes.
- colour and flavour is improving in the blood oranges