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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 August?

Posted on: August 26th, 2009 by admin No Comments

It’s been a little while since we’ve had a look at what’s in season for the month so here it is- fruit, veggies and meats that are in season in your area. Eating with the seasons is cheaper, healthier, tastier and better for the environment and your local farmers so eat up!

North Americas

Blackberries, apricots, figs, all melons, peaches and plums. It’s nearing the end of summer so make the most of those amazing stone fruits in particular.

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Artichoke, arugula, beetroot, corn, eggplant and zucchini are good veggies right now. As for meat, try some duck, lamb or lobster.

Europe

Actually the European and American fruits in season are similar now- peaches, figs, melons, blackberries and plums, also try any other berry you can lay your hands on, as they are all ripe and delicious these warm days. As for veggies, broad and runner beans, beetroot, peas, leeks,

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rocket and watercress will be perfect. Try lamb, rabbit or venison for in season meats. From the sea go for brill, monkfish, makerel, plaice, sea trout and crab.

Australia and surrounds

Winter is drawing to a close- so keep an eye out for artichokes, they can be fiddly to prepare but they are well worth it. Cabbage, cauliflower, celery, okra, Chinese cabbage and silverbeet are all great. Root veggies are starting to be good too, especially turnips, parsnips and potatoes. Prefect for a wintry stew. Not a whole lot of fruit in season, but still some apples are good (fuji and custard in particular) and citrus is good too, grapefruits, blood orange, limes and lemons.

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Pork is good :) . Try some roe now, but be responsible with all things fishy. Don’t just think of organic or local fruit and veggies, you want to eat eco-best seafood. If you’re not sure- check here.

What’s in season for June?

Posted on: June 10th, 2009 by admin 1 Comment

Here’s the new freshest, best tasting, delights in season in your area. Try and buy them locally to help the environment and support farmers in your community.

North America

Corn! What a tasty summer delight. Corn provides useful amounts of vitamins A, B3 (supports metabolism, the nervous and digestive systems) and C. It also contains folic acid and fiber. When buying corn look for cobs with the husk intact. The husk should be green and fresh and conceal fine, silky threads. You can cook it lots of ways, but really, boiled and then salted with butter has to be best no?

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Try also arugula, radishes, bell peppers, cucumber and kohlrabi. Fruits such as blueberries, cherries, strawberries, apricots, plums and passion- fruit are all great right now. Perfect for summer fruit-salads.

If you don’t mind a piece of fish mackerel is fresh and in season.

Europe

Aubergine/eggplant are perfect right now. When you choose aubergines pick ones that feel heavy with smooth, taut, unblemished skin and fresh-looking unwithered green stalks. In the past people would salt aubergines to remove bitterness and moisture. These days aubergines are rarely too bitter, but salting can still help reduce the amount of oil aubergines absorb during cooking. Cut the aubergine into thick slices, salt well and stand in a colander for around half an hour to allow the juices to drain away. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a kitchen towel, then use them how you like.

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Also in season are- radishes, courgette, rhubarb, artichokes, fennel, peas and rocket. Fruits that are ripe are cherries, strawberries, gooseberries, passionfruit and elderflowers should be blooming (make some champers- delicious).

Lamb, rabbit and wood pigeon are all good now too.

Australia and southern surrounds

Now’s the time for lovely apples. You know apples are the oldest cultivated fruit and there are over 8,000 varieties in existence!

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You can cook with them- sweet or savory, make cider, jams or jellies and eat them fresh. A really good source of vitamin C and high in fiber, why not try some new varieties this season?  We have already posted a great apple crumble recipe here, and more will be coming soon.

Quinces, pears, mandarins, ginger, persimmons and hazelnuts will all be really tasty at the moment. The great thing about winter approaching is the promise of hearty vegetables, right now try- beets, carrots, wombok (chinese cabbage), fennel, most root veggies and pumpkin. (Click on them for recipes!)