Robin Powell

Peak season: Cherries are at their peak.
Peak season: Cherries are at their peak. Photo: Melissa Adams

At their best

It's peak cherry time. The best varieties from the best growers are big fat flavour bombs. How to choose? Price is a reasonable guide. Look for shiny-skinned fruit with fresh-looking stems.

In now

Harvesting of green menindee and red flame grapes has started in the big grape-growing region of Sunraysia. Both varieties are seedless, sweet and crisp; good for snacks and salads.

Best buy

Make the most of bargain-priced, Australian-grown snow peas in salads and stir-fries.

In the vegie patch

Keep basil bushy with fortnightly liquid feeds, plenty of water and the removal of flowering stems.