Perfect Poolside Pineapples and Propagation

It’s a bit exciting that after several years of saving pineapple tops and whacking them in the ground our first pineapple was ready to harvest at 99! Changing through a beautiful range of colours, like below, it then morphed into a yellowy colour, showing it was ready to pick and exuded a slightly sweet pineapple-y…

It’s a miracle

Recently Lilly contacted me, who lives in the suburb of Tiwi and grows miracle fruit. I had heard of miracle fruit before, I had even tried these little fun fruits, when a farmer from the rural area bought some in to town. So what is the miracle about this fruit? Well Miracle fruits make sour…

New Produce fact sheets

Just to let you know if you go to the tab ‘Local Prodcue list’ There are some funky looking fact sheets looking like this being added in, just click on the produce you want to find more about… Slowly I will add more and more, starting with the wet season goodies. Please feel free to use…

What the Fruit?- Sour Gooseberries!

 I came across these little fruits at Rapid Creek Market last week, and if there is anything I have never seen before (which is now less and less likely) I always get it and give it a try. This fruit is really sour and although I had ideas of making a pickle or jam, time…

10 Easy to grow wet season plants

While we are enjoying all the bountiful end of dry season climax of produce, we can plan forward to make the most of the rain to come and think about all that free rain and awesome growth… I made a little fact sheet about 10 great (easy to grow) plants for the wet season for…

Seasonal Salads in Healthy Darwin

So many great things growing through the dry season, but you can feel the heat building- and it makes me want to share the harvest of the dry season in delicious recipes before they start to wilt and droop and we swap over to the delights of the wet season. Once again I have been…

Cool Beets for a hot place!

I am so happy to get into these beets! Trying to eat just locally grown food I do not often eat beetroots as they are pretty hard to grow in the hot climate, but luckily thanks to Ronnie,  a grower in Howard Springs who uses no sprays and manure fertilisers I got hold of these…

Aahhh Squash it

Squash it real good- Squash (Curcubita pipo) is growing near you and you can grow it too. For all of the dry season this fantastic fruit can be grown. It grows from a  plant similar to zucchini in the cucumber family in full sun and likes fairly nutrient rich growing material. There are a few varieties and the…

Dry Delights

I just wanted to share some of the amazing produce growing right now up here in the Top End, some of it in our garden and some of it at nearby market gardens and farms and selling through the market…..and why some of this is so exciting, because it only grows now and we are…

Eggplant Abundance

This versatile fruit, is a wonderful vegetable (yes it is a fruit technically and a vegetable in the culinary sense) coming in all different shapes and sizes, appropriate for different creations. As they grow all year, I have come to know and love them and cook them a thousand different ways. Even at Alawa Primary…