“ It’s almost winter now — what’s in season at this time of the year?”
This question came from a busy young mum who was panicking and at a loss to know what to cook for her family now that the summer produce is finished — she was amazed when I rattled off all the root vegetables that are at their best at present.
“Celeriac, carrots, Jerusalem artichokes, parsnips, swedes...”
They’ll all be even better in a few weeks’ time when they have a few more nights of frost to sweeten them even further. Citrus fruit are also at their most diverse from now on — everything from kumquats to pomelo and all the tangerines, mandarins, clementines, ugli fruit, and bergamot. They are all packed with vitamin C, nature’s way to boost our resistance to winter colds and flu. We’ve still got lots of squash and pumpkins too. They last throughout the winter, as do the beautiful fluffy Bramley apples.
Then there are all the kales, Raggedy Jack, Red Russian, and Ethiopian kale, cavalo nero, and the humble curly kale, not to mention crunchy Savoy cabbage, floury Golden Wonders, and Kerr’s Pink potatoes, and tonnes of game.
By now her eyes were big as saucers so I started to tantalise her with some good things to cook with all that tempting produce…
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