In now: Australia has the world’s longest lychee season, from late October to late March. Summer is the peak, reflected in the price. The berries are tastiest when the skin is pink-red and pliable. Store them in the fridge.
At their best: It’s a great year for stone fruit, with nectarines, peaches and apricots all fragrant, sweet and juicy.
Best buy: Kumara is a summer-time bargain. For a holiday beer snack, try sweet potato crisps fried in coconut oil.
In the vegie patch: Construct some shade to protect soft veg on very hot days. Sling netting over a frame, or set up the beach umbrella.
- there are white cherries briefly available, as well as all kinds of red ones
- red currants will be around until the New Year
- stock up on mint to freshen Christmas salads – and cocktails
- this is my last list for the year. Eat well and see you back here in 2016.