November 23, 2015
We are always doing our best to maintain good eating habits. Part of that means eating healthy, seasonal, organic produce. While folks living in the Northern Hemisphere are entering into the fall season, people living down in the Southern Hemisphere are about to head into spring. Let’s spend some time learning about seasonal produce.
Fall is typically associated with crispy, cool evenings, bright orange and yellow colors, and Thanksgiving. It is also associated with two iconic items of produce: pumpkins and apples. We love fall because of these delicious seasonal treats. They are versatile, fun, and can be included in so many different dishes. Don’t focus just on apples and pumpkins though! All kinds of squashes start coming into season during the fall; spaghetti squash, butternut squash, and acorn squash are hits. Slow cooking techniques are extremely popular during the fall. Roasting, stewing and baking are all great ways to pack flavor into dishes.
Springs is a time for bright sun, fun, and flavor. This is when greens start coming into season. Artichokes, arugula, asparagus, peas, spinach, and salad greens all thrive through the spring months. You may be wondering where all the flavor is coming from? Well, spring is also prime time for garlic, onions, scallions, as well as a long list of herbs like thyme, rosemary, cilantro, and dill. Grilling is a great way to prepare some of these produce items. Drizzle some olive oil over artichokes or asparagus, toss with some salt and pepper, and set them on the grill.
Seasonal shopping has so many benefits. Produce which is in season will be of the highest quality. It will be fresh and delicious. A little added bonus, it will also probably be a bit cheaper. Next time you head out to the market, check in on what produce is currently season, and consider planning your menu around those items.
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