I’ve been eating a lot of fruit lately, all of it grown in Australia and all of it in season now! I think that, as much as I love a new season Jonathan apple, I probably get most excited about fruit at this time of the year.
Now I wont try and pretend that all of this fruit is local. It’s a very long way from Melbourne to the Northern Terrritory where the Mangoes are in season at the moment. Melbourne to Darwin is over 3000km - a bit further than the distance between London & Istanbul and considerably further than the distance between Havana and New York City. Basically its a long way for a Mango to come, but they are good to eat when they get here.
Also coming a bit further than is ideal are the Blueberries. The Victorian (for those unfamiliar with Australian geography, Melbourne is in the state of Victoria) blueberry season starts next month but they are in season in Northern New South Wales and Southern Queensland now and the ones I have eaten lately are tasting particularly good.
The first of this seasons Victorian grown tomatoes are starting to come into the Farmers Markets. These ones were greenhouse grown in Eastern Victoria (or at least I think they were), still a good few 100kms from my house but much more local than the first two selections. There are also reasonable slicing tomatoes from South Australia (the area around Murray Bridge) coming into season. You can sometimes get them at Coburg market and they aren’t too bad for commercially grown tomatoes.
Closer still, on the outskirts of Melbourne are the Strawberry farms and November is when the fruit starts tasting pretty good. I wish I had strawberries closer – ie in my own backyard but although I get the occasional one they aren’t they greatest flavourwise due to a lack of sun, and the slugs get as many as we do.
For me though the most exciting fruit coming into season in November are the cherries. The first Tuesday in November is Melbourne Cup day – a day of note not just for being the traditional day to plant out tomatoes in Melbourne (I didn’t go with tradition – I planted mine a good month before the race was run), but it is also the day when many of the cherry growers start to harvest their crop. I haven’t seen them in the supermarkets yet (but then I haven’t been for a couple of weeks) but I bought 2kg of cherries from the Smith’s Farm stall at Collingwood Childrens Farm on Saturday. They were all gone by the end of Sunday. I did take 1 kg to a party where they were mainly eaten by the kids and me and the other kg we ate by ourselves. Messy but delicious. Best of all the Bacchus Marsh cherry season starts in a week or two and that is only about 15km from my parents place. You don’t get much more local than that without growing your own.
Thanks for the suggestions for future Top 5s! You’ll see a few of them over the coming weeks. If you have any more ideas or requests then just let me know – everything gratefully received.
Now head over to The New Good Life to check out her Top 5 for this week its also all about fruit – Top 5 Ways with Lemons.