In season

July 28

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.

What else:

  • 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

2 thoughts on “July 28

  1. Margie McKeon says:

    Good Evening Robin,
    I’ve just read your gardening column in The Spectrum, July18-19 and read with utmost dismay at the ‘facelift’ at the RBG that has undergone at the hands of Jimmy Turner, what an absolute disappointment, with the unimaginative plant material he has used. I can empathise with some of the RBG staff and volunteers. What is wrong with a mass planting of cliveas? Kind regards
    Margie McKeon

    • Robin Powell says:

      Thanks for your comment Margie. You’re right, there’s nothing wrong with a mass planting of cliveas, and my understanding is that there will still be masses, if not quite as many masses as before. I like Jimmy’s Victorian bedding schemes, which introduce some more layers of garden history into a walk around the gardens, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he does in expanding the South African bulbs beyond cliveas in his makeover of the cycad collection.

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