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In Season: Berries


Teo made his first cake.  The cake was not bad at all for a two year old. The wild raspberry topping was the highlight. He and Grumpy (Lewie) went hunting and found all the wild raspberry patches nearby. Only a small proportion made it back for the cake.

Berries are only in season for a short, spring season.  My strawberry patch this year is a victim of a very determined bandicoot all winter, so it’s not the big bowlful a day of some years, but still enough for strawberries and pawpaw and orange fruit salad for breakfast, with toasted macas and yoghurt.


Strawberries should be a luxury food.  A couple of months of indulgence a year, sweetened by a whole year of waiting.  There’s this thing with seasonal luxury foods, that they start out expensive and the price encourages every kind of scammy hereticism, pushing them to grow until you get something that is cheap and very very nasty.  Like salmon.  And turkey. And strawberries.  Strawberries are one of the “Dirty Dozen“, and the best way to stay classy is to let them be what they are, a late spring treat.  From your garden, or buy organic farmers’ market ones now, for a month or so, and remember how good they should be.

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  • Jane November 7, 2016, 2:09 pm

    How time flies! A gorgeous little baby one minute, and a handsome little boy the next. I think I would look just as happy if I had that cake in front of me, but definitely not as good looking. I am watching my few strawberries almost hour by hour, as this time last year it was already so dry the kangaroos and cockies wiped out one bed entirely, but a couple of plants in another bed survived. Not quite ripe yet. Have got a bumper crop of cabbages and broad beans. Thank goodness for our winter and spring rain this year.

  • Dean February 11, 2017, 6:39 pm

    Hi Linda,
    Could you recommend a farm/garden/backyard in a temperate climate (I plan to live near Ararat, Vic) that I could visit (or communicate with gardeners) that utilises the guild-planting and mandala designs explained in your previous book (chook tractor and all). I’m coming from zero experience so I feel I need a pretty exact template to start and let the coming few years be my learning curve. I have a largish property with space for as large a garden as I could handle. I also have two beautiful young sons who I hope will gain an appreciation for real food. Any advice/references would be appreciated. Thanks, Dean.

  • Linda February 11, 2017, 7:10 pm

    Hi Dean, I’m sorry, I don’t know of anywhere down your way. Does anyone else?

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