April 2, 2013 in Uncategorized
By now we all know that its important to let the seasons dictate what we eat, and since we are either in the middle of Autumn or Spring in most parts of the world, I thought I’d do a post about what we
should could be eating right now.
The list of fruit and vegetables I have included are to the best of my knowledge whats in season. I base this on some online research and looking back through dozens of magazines. There are also quite a few that are available all year round, and many that overlap into other seasons.
Often we think a vegetable is in season because we see it on the shelf all the time, but this is not necessarily the case. By shopping at markets you will invariably land up buying whats being grown at a particular time of year. Minus the extensive travel time. For me, the produce generally tastes better, and all round we are making the world a better place.
Easter always marks the end of Summer for us in South Africa, and right on cue we have a cold and rainy weather system here in Cape Town. Autumn is my favourite time of year. I love how the light changes to a softer hue which is brilliant for photography. I love how the vineyards and trees change colour, and I love the first few times you get to cozy up on the couch with a blanket and hot drinks. I start sipping red wine, hang out in front of fireplaces and start dreaming of a few hearty comforting recipes to make.
Fruit: apple, pear, fig, quince, lemon, limes, grapes, nectarines, gooseberries, cranberries, chestnuts, persimmons, granadilla (passion fruit), blueberries.
vegetables: aubergine, carrot, sweetcorn, zucchini, potato, lettuce, bean, turnip, butternut, onions, radishes, cauliflower, celery
Here are some ideas for what to cook if you are in the Southern hemisphere and heading towards Winter.
I spend a great deal of time reading blogs from all over the world, so am looking with some degree of envy upon our Northern Hemisphere friends who are seeing blossoms on their trees and ushering in the first stone fruits.
Fruit: apricots, strawberries, cherries, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, kiwis, rhubarb
Vegetables: asparagus, artichoke, leeks, peas & pea greens, spring ionions, garlic scapes, new potatoes, ramps, avocado’s, broad beans (fava beans), morels, kale
Here are a few ideas for you if you are heading towards Summer.