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In Season in Late Winter

We’re eating broccoli and snow peas at just about every meal now, and just about to start harvesting cauliflowers.  We have silver beet and kale coming out our ears  and as much cabbage of various kinds as we can eat.  This is the time of year to appreciate all the brassica family.  Not too much longer now and keeping the cabbage moths off them will be too much of an effort. It’s also the time of year to make the most of spinach and silver beet.  Those big green leaves need a lot of water!

The raddicchio are hearting. The peas and the broad beans are flowering and it won’t be long before I can start picking brussels sprouts.  This is the peak of the season for leafy greens here, so there’s lettuces of several kinds, beautiful crisp green celery,  lots of rocket, and as much of the leafy annual herbs – parsley, coriander, dill as we like.

Parsnips and carrots and leeks and spring onions andbeets are all still in season.

The citrus season is getting near the end, and the berry season not too far off.  But we still have lots of lemons, the last of the mandarins, navel oranges,tangelosgrapefruit and the very last of the limes.  Avocados are at the peak of their season round here, with several varieties all harvesting at once. Custard apples are in season, and the strawberries are flowering. We managed to salvage some bananas from the bush turkeys, but it’s probably just cruel to mention them!

Our macadamia nuts have finished but they are still picking them locally so I’m making the most of the last of the season.

So that’s the ingredients I’m basing my cooking around at the moment, and it’s giving me lots of options!


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  • Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial August 9, 2011, 8:03 am

    Gorgeous produce! Our garden is offering us kale, broccoli, spinach and leeks at the moment – the perennial leeks are still going strong! We’re harvesting a salad a day from the beds, plus enough greens once a week for an almost vegetarian dinner!

  • Jo Stojkovic @ Living Naturally August 9, 2011, 9:38 am

    Oh those bananas… they were the first thing my eyes landed on. We have a small bunch that is not ripening. Perhaps it’s getting too much shade??

  • Linda Woodrow August 9, 2011, 9:52 am

    Just winter Jo. They’re slow to ripen in the cold. They should get a go on now.

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