In season – persimmons

Mothers' day lunch at the Main Ridge home of my sister in law and her husband concluded in a take-away selection from the harvest box at their front door. They've got a mighty veggie garden and orchard down there, and the whole family is thankful for the samples of their produce we've received since we... Continue Reading →

In season – chestnuts

Well the harvest is in, so we've got chestnuts all over the place. Australia's chestnut season begins in March, and goes all the way through to the start of July, but my favourite variety, De Coppi Marone, has just been picked and they're on the shelves now. Other varieties you might see around are Buffalo... Continue Reading →

In season – zucchini

Although Melbourne's zucchini season is tapering to its end, just a little further north of us, in more arid areas around the Murray, it's still possible to get the odd young zucchini or even zucchini flower in season. Luckily, most Australians can able to put their hands on a fairly local local courgette at almost any... Continue Reading →

In season – pears

We're lucky in Australia - pears are in season for most of the year, you've just got to be clever about which variety you choose. Right now, we're nearing the end for William pears, which are the ones we probably know the best. Officially this variety is in season until May, but it's been very... Continue Reading →

In season – sweet potatoes

These must be in season because I just bought them at the local grocer for $1 a kilogram. Sweet potatoes don't often grow well immediately around Melbourne (they hate frost), but still thrive in warmer parts of northern Victoria, so even though we're not strictly local here, you'll still find them in a local seasonal... Continue Reading →

In season – figs

I know these are ready when the bats start making a pilgrimmage from Ripponlea House to my back garden. They're huge in this area - the bats, not the figs - so large you can feel the gush of summer air under their wings as they circle in twilight and settle at the top of... Continue Reading →

Weekly veggie boxes by Ceres Fair Food

I was a little late off the mark to discover this fantastic initiative in the state, called Community Supported Agriculture. It's something I'll definitely sign up for next year, but in the meantime, I'm working through the myriad of organic food delivery services available in Melbourne. Last week was Ceres. This group were one of... Continue Reading →

In season – Eggplant

Eggplant season, January-March The maligned eggplant is one of my favourite fruits (Yes, it is a fruit, part of the Solanaceae family and has relatives including chillies, tomatoes and potatoes – more of my favourite things). Some people hate it because it’s ugly, bitter and intense, but just like a person who may appear like... Continue Reading →

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