Your Seasonal Fruit and Veg Guide for December 2016
Summer’s here – though you might have trouble believing it just yet! We’re off to a slow start, but summer fruit and veg will surely be coming along soon. Here are some of the top picks for this time of year around Ballarat.
Strawberries and raspberries should be showing up in gardens, farmers markets, and greengrocers. No need to buy them from far away, as there are lots of local options at this time of year! Of course they’re delicious to eat fresh, but you can also freeze them for later use, or use them in baking or preserves.
Cherries are among the first stone fruit to ripen and make a fantastic Christmas treat or gift for friends and family. Apricots, nectarines, and peaches are starting to become available though mostly from slightly warmer parts of the state. If you’re growing them in Ballarat proper you may have to wait for the new year. Plums will come in a little later.
Broad beans are still available but this is about the last chance for them. If you grow them in your garden and are wondering what to do with them all, why not just blanch then freeze them and think about it next year?
The first of this season’s garlic is now available from local growers. Harmony Garlic (in Gordon) and Slaty Creek (from Creswick) are stalwarts at local farmers markets. If you have keen cooks to buy gifts for, perhaps consider a braid of garlic to hang in their kitchen?
What’s in season for December?
Here’s what’s in season this month.
- Broad beans
- Potatoes (new)
- Salad Mix
- Spring Onion
- Oranges (valencia)