Shiny, delicate blackberries range in colour from deep purple to black. Choose berries that are deep and evenly coloured; blackberries should be sweet and tart but never sour tasting. Serve blackberries with pancakes, puree into a coulis to serve with ice-cream
Sweet and juicy mangoes bring a lush tropical taste to your summer table. Mangoes are ideal on their own or in tempting chilled summer desserts. Ripen mangoes at room temperature until the fruit yields to gentle pressure around the stem.
Treat yourself to the first of the new season lychees. Did you know that Australia has the most extended longest lychee season in the world and produces more than 16 different varieties?
It’s time to take the heat out of the kitchen and enjoy alfresco feasts cooked on the barbecue. Load up your plate with healthy barbecued veggies. For value, taste and ease of cooking fresh asparagus is a winner.
Popular sweetcorn is a thrifty buy this week. Have you tried cooking cobs of corn on the barbecue? Carefully pull back the green husks and remove the silk-like threads from the corn cob. Pullover the husk to enclose the cob, and tie with cooking string. Soak in cold water for 10 minutes, then barbecue over medium heat, turning often, for 15–20 minutes until kernels are tender. Corn rapidly loses its sweetness, so use within 1–2 days
Pop cauliflower on your shopping list. They are delicious cut into steaks and cooked on the chargrill until tender .