Da­rina Allen

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“ 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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