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What’s in season – October

Posted on: October 9th, 2011 by admin 3 Comments

Already October (say that every month) good things are happening in both hemispheres these days.  Fall is great for apples and root veggies and spring is great for- well tons of things! Click the links if you want recipes for those ingredients.  Don’t forget, eating what’s in season makes sense in many ways.  It tastes way better (summer tomatoes? mm), it’s cheaper and it’s better for the environment because it hasn’t traveled from as far and been stored for as long.

North Americas

Any kind of pumpkin/squash are really great right now.  If you’re carving some up for halloween, don’t forget to use the innards – and seeds!  Artichokes, bell peppers, beets and beet greens, broccolini, cauliflower, carrots, corn, eggplant, fennel, garlic, leeks, parsnip, radishes, spinach, sweet potatoes and regular potatoes are all in season.


Some great fruits and nuts are also in season in fall, almonds are sweet and ripe now.  Of course apples are generally amazing right now – going nuts making pies and sauce in our house.  Also great now are cranberries, limes, pears, plums, pomegranate and the last of summer tomatoes.

Lamb, rabbit and venison are all good and if you’re wanting seafood, try some mussels.

Europe

With veggies, Europe is similar to North America at this time.  Try artichokes, aubergine, beetroot, broccoli, courgettes, fennel, garlic, horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, sweetcorn, watercress and again any root vegetable, like turnips and carrots and potatoes, as well as squash and pumpkins.

If it’s fruits and nuts you’re after, you can’t go past apples right now – crisp and delicious.  Chestnuts and walnuts  are ready. Also bilberries, blackberries, elderberries, figs, medlars, pears, quince, tomatoes.

If you’re not sure what a medlar looks like – here’s a picture.  They are lovely fruits, kind of a cross between a pear and a hawthorn.  Or like an apple rosehip. They’re picked when they’re hard and green, but aren’t edible until they’ve become half rotten or ‘bletted’, when they turn brown and soft. Harvested medlars are stored in sawdust or bran in a cool, dark place until they’re suitably bletted and have developed an aromatic flavour.  Gross hey??!!  I’ve only tried them in jelly’s which seems to be their most common use.

Great meats in the UK and surrounds will be guinea fowl, lamb, venison, rabbit and partridge (if you can get some).  Fish like brill, mackerel, turbot and sea bass are all wonderful now, as are the crabs and mussels.

Australia and surrounds

Down south we have some great fruits coming into season, spring really is a lovely month always.  Bananas (hopefully this season is plentiful – otherwise pass on these as they’ll still be expensive).  Citrus are all getting good now, especially grapefruits.

Tropical beauties like mangoes, passionfruit, pineapple and pawpaw.  As well as some early berries – strawberries and blueberries are also in season.

Try cooking with asparagus, broccoli, cucumber, chinese greens, gai lan (chinese broccoli), green beans and broad beans, hass avocados, kaffir lime leaves, onions, peas and silverbeet.

Australia always has wonderful seafood (although all fishing needs to be more environmentally responsible/sustainable).  It is lovely to eat fish outside on the balcony on a spring evening so try coral trout, spanner crab, scallops, flathead, flounder, ocean trout, King George whiting, redfish and prawns.

What’s in season for April?

Posted on: April 3rd, 2009 by admin No Comments

North America

Some really nice veggies are in season at the moment- end of winter root vegetables are still going great, as are artichokes, asparagus, celery root and fennel.

For fruits try grapefruit, kiwi and pineapple.

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If you like seafood – good for you – you should be able to get delicious crabs, crayfish, mussels and clams at reasonable prices and really fresh right now.

Europe

Spinach, watercress, chicory, broccoli and cauliflower. Mmm green leafy vegetables, pretty much the healthiest thing you can possibly eat! Watercress is particularly delicious and not as well known as it should be- so refreshing and tasty.

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Meats that are good right now are rabbit and wood pigeon.

Southern Hemisphere

Greens are all great right now- don’t be afraid of them, there are so many ways to eat spinach, silverbeet, bok choy, cabbage, cress, etc and they are so good for you.

Figs, pomegranates, walnuts, persimmons and plums are delicious now. Plums are wonderful, so many different types and things you can do with them. Big and small, sweet or tart, golden to deep purple eat them fresh or dried, in jam, tarts, sauce and pies. Plums are a good source of vitamins A and C, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium and fiber, so go out and find some that you enjoy!

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