In now: Pears ripened on the tree they can develop little gritty bits, called stone cells, just beneath the skin. So they are picked mature but green, chilled and sold for ripening at room temperature. Enjoy them as soon as they give to gentle pressure as they ripen from the inside out. Only Williams changes colour as it ripens.
At their best: The fine hairs on prickly pears, called glochids, stick out like hairy moles from pores on the skin. They can get stuck in your hands, even through a plastic bag. Use tongs to select fruit and scrub with a brush under running water before eating.
Best buy: Cauliflowers grown in Bathurst are the buy of the week. Choose a big creamy head and perfect that cauliflower rice recipe.
In the vegie patch: Pick pumpkins to eat now; those intended for winter roasts should be left until the vine withers to promote better storage capability.
- what a great array of tomatoes to feast on!
- and basil is growing like a weed
- if you managed to grow tarragon this season, make a date to turn some of it into vinegar. Submerge organically grown sprigs in a reasonably good white wine vinegar and let it sit for a few months.
- the apples are getting tastier, with jonathons boosting the bland introduction to the season offered by royal gala