22.5.08

there is a season.....


i adore fresh blueberries. i love how you can put them on or in anything and how their flavor just pops when you heat them and add just a tiny bit of sugar. forget candy or sweets, give me blueberries anyday. the best part is that these beautiful, blue little balls of good health are in season in summer so i can eat even more bucket loads of them and not worry about my waist-line or the environment.

if you buy fruits or veg. in 'season' you are less likely going to have blueberries from china or some other far off place. you end up not contributing to global warming {flights to ship the food} and its way healthier not to mention cheaper {food prices go up when you include transport costs}. the minute those blueberries are picked, they start loosing their goodness and the longer those little things have to travel the worse off. so its good karma all around when you try to buy whenever possible according to the seasons.

i've got a great little list of what the seasons are for fruit/veg here for you to help in your shopping. its not completely exhaustive of everything and depends on where you live in the world, but its a good start:

summer {june-aug}

beets, bell peppers, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, chinese cabbage, corn, cucumber, eggplant {aubergine}, green beans, nectarines, peaches, plums, raspberries, summer squash, tomatoes, watermelon, zuccini {courgette}, cherries, carrots, potatoes, peas, kiwi

fall {sept-nov}

acorn squash, apples, endive, butternut squash, cauliflower, celeriac, figs, garlic, ginger, grapes {aug-oct}, mushrooms, parsnips, pears, pomegranate, pumpkin, quince, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, persimmon, cranberries

winter {dec- feb}

apples, chestnuts, grapefruit, kale, leeks, lemons, oranges and tangerines, raddichio, radishes, rutabaga, turnips, brussel sprouts, papaya, mushrooms

spring {mar-may}

apples, apricots, artichoke, asparagus, avacado, carrots, celeriac, chives, collards, lettuce, onions, fava beans, fennel, mango, mustard greens, new {baby} potatoes, pineapple, rhubarb, spinach, strawberries, peas, watercress, green onions, okra

3 comments:

sherrie said...

the thing i love about living in the central valley of california is that you can go straight to the country and buy these wonderful fruits from the farm.

once we get our yard done, i'm determined to grow my own herbs, zucchini, squash, tomatoes, you name it i want it in my garden. i can't wait!

Carly said...

thank you. I always have a hard time remembering this stuff.

P.S. I love blueberries on oatmeal.

Caroline Patricia said...

thanks for the list. I love using fresh fruit and veg in my meals, I find it's just a matter of knowing what to choose and when.
I also use this site for keeping up with what's in season:

http://www.foodtv.co.uk/recipes-and-cooking/topic/august.html