Summer lovin’ . . .
Hello Summer!!! It’s been long! The next four months or so promise to be a scorcher and the last thing we want is spend hours slaving in front of a stove in a hot kitchen and eating heavy meals. Luckily for us, hot Summer months bring with them a bounty of seasonal juicy sweet fruit and succulent vegetables. It’s also a great time for experimenting with food and creating new flavour profiles.
Although November is technically Spring, it is already so hot that one would be forgiven for calling it Summer. The month comes with juicy oranges, naartjies and nectarines, sweet melons, plums and pawpaws. On the veggies front there’s artichokes, asparagus, eggplant, beetroot, Brussels sprouts, corn, courgettes, cucumber, kale, leeks, parsnips, radishes, turnips, and watercress. Most of these veggies will be available up until February.
As we go into the real Summer months – December, January and February – we are greeted with apricots, blackberries, cherries, figs, grapes, guavas, kiwi fruit, litchis, mangoes, melon, mulberries, peaches, pineapples, pomegranates, raspberries, strawberries and watermelon.
So, go ahead, make a raw kale and Brussels sprouts salad or a beetroot humus for a beautiful twist on humus. How about a raw shaved zucchini, mint and feta salad? Or a tomato and grilled corn salad? Try pairing fruit and veggies and create delicious colourful salads. Say goodbye to those sugar-laden cool drinks, make your own flavoured water with fresh fruit. Possibilities are endless.
I’m sure you’re thinking: “I can get some of those fruit and veggies throughout the year at my green grocer,”… and I agree. But the question is: are they grown and harvested at the time of the year when you buy them?
The benefit of buying what’s in season is that you buy food that’s at the peak of its supply, and costs less to farmers and distribution companies to harvest and get to your grocery store. Meaning you’ll save money on food.
It may seem like common sense, but it’s one of those things many of us ignore when we’re shopping. It’s definitely something to consider the next time you want to buy those beautiful, succulent looking peaches in July.
Local and seasonal is cheaper and way better tasting.