Zucchini flowers at Pinotta in Fitzroy North.
Zucchini flowers at Pinotta in Fitzroy North. Photo: Eddie Jim

Sophie O'Neil

fresh now

new in
Zucchini flowers are often stuffed, battered and deep- fried, but can also be barbecued or cooked in a risotto.

try this
Glenda Fisher from Kingfisher used to discard scapes — the flowering tips of the garlic plant — until she saw them available in an Asian grocer. She now sells them in bunches. Their delicate, fresh garlic flavour suits salads and stir-fries.

at their best
Tash Shields from Peninsula Fresh Organics says radish varieties, such as Easter Egg and French Breakfast, are a good size and beautiful colour.

in the vegie patch
On hot summer days, salad leaves need their soil kept moist with a good water morning and night.

accredited farmers' markets
December 8: Bendigo, Central Geelong, Coal Creek, Collingwood (10-year-birthday celebrations); Hume Murray (Wodonga), Kyneton, The Old Cheese Factory (Berwick), Mornington; December 9: Flemington.

Sophie O'Neil, vicfarmersmarkets.org.au