Springing towards another sultry Slowveld summer turns our thoughts to lighter eating and naturally, as conscious beings we prefer to eat seasonally. So, what’s in season during September, October and November and what should be on our plates?
Food24 has a very helpful list and links to recipes but here is a recap for you:
Fruit-wise, apples, Cape gooseberries, coconuts (also a good oil to cook with), dates, guavas, grapefruit, naartjies, oranges, paw paws, pineapples, pears, sweet melon, strawberries lemons (get your daily dose by adding a slice to your glass of water. Or your evening G n T!), nectarines, bananas and avocados. Great, we have plenty of avos around us, filled with healthy oil (we should be cooking with avo oil as well) and they are delicious in breakfast smoothies, on pizza and salads and prepared a heap of other ways as well. Lovely to see Lowveld fruit crops such as grapefruit, naartjies, oranges, paw paws, lemons, guavas and bananas are in season now.
November adds cherries, blackberries, raspberries, (those antioxidants we all need) apricots, plums and watermelon. Don’t forget to visit The Plantsman (http://wearewhiteriver.com/plantsman/) for your locally grown berries plus lots more local produce.
On the vegetable front, we are blessed in White River to have Fountains Farm. Order your veggie box from Rowena (082 449 8099), buy a selection from her stall at the monthly Bagdad Farmer’s Market or pop into Zannas and pick up a few Fountains packets from the walk-in fridge. Look out for artichokes, asparagus, sweetcorn, parsnips, red onions, rhubarb, aubergines, baby marrows, beetroot, kale, spinach, turnips and watercress. Dark, colourful veggies are rich sources of iron, so fill up.