Seasonal Ingredients

Spring

Spring is about starting to eat lighter again. Bold = excellent/classic combinations)

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Cauliflower
  • Crayfish(Crayfish,crawfish,crawdads,orcrodgersarefreshwater crustaceans resembling small lobsters.)
  • Dandelion
  • Favabeans
  • GreenGarlic
  • Lamb
  • Leeks
  • Lemons,Meyer(Meyerlemonsaresweet.)
  • Lettuces
  • loquats(Thispear-shapedfruithasajuicy,crispfleshandasweetly tart flavor. Used as a snack, in salads, and inchicken and duck dishes.)
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions(sweet)
  • Oranges
  • Peas
  • Ramps(springonion,wildleeks,acrossbetweenonionand garlic in flavor.)
  • Ruhbarb
  • Saladgreens
  • Soft-shellcrabs
  • Sorrel(largesour-tastingarrowhead-shapedleavesusedinsalads and sauce.)
  • Souffles
  • Spices
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes, especially heirloom
  • Watercress
  • Zucchiniblossoms

Summer

Summer is the time for bbq, picnics and lighter foods. It’s also about cooling down from the heat. (Bold = excellent/classic combinations)

  • Apricots
  •  Basil
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Boysenberries
  • Cherries
  • Corn
  • Coolfoods
  • Cucumbers
  • Edibleflowers
  • Eggplant
  • Favabeans
  • Figs
  • Fish
  • Garlic
  • Greenbeans
  • Greenleafyveggies(kale,spinachetc.)
  • Grapes
  • Grilledfoods
  • Herbs(basil,cilantro,dill,mint,fennel,licorice,marjoram)
  • IceCream
  • Ices
  • Limes
  • Mangos
  • Melons
  • Nectarines
  • Okra(AvegetablewithgreenpodsthatoriginatedfromAfrica. Okra is used to make gumbo or smothered down as aside dish. AKA lady fingers)
  • Onions(Vidaliaonionstoo…Theyaresweetonions)
  • Peaches
  • Pears,Bartlett
  • Peppers
  • Plums
  • Puddings,cold
  • Rasperries
  • Rawfoods
  • Salads(coldsuchaspasta,beans,veggies,fruit)
  • Shellfish
  • Sorbets
  • Soups,cold(Gazpacho)
  • Spices(whitepepper,tummeric,cuminetc.)
  • Strawberries
  • Summer Squash
  • Tomatillos(Asmallfruit,alsocalledthe“Mexicantomato,”that is related to the tomato and the cape gooseberry. Usedin sauces.)
  • Tomatoes
    Watermelon
  • Zucchini

Fall

Fall is the time for heavier and warming foods and drinks.Bold = (excellent/classic combinations)

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Artichokes
  • Basil
  • Bell Peppers
  • Broccoli, rabe
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cakes, (Warm)
  • Cantaloupe
  • Caramel
  • Cardoons (only parts eaten are roots and especially stalks (blanched and used as celery); related to artichokes.)
  • Cauliflower 
  • Celery Root (ialso known as ‘celeriac’ ‘turnip-rooted celery’ or ‘knob celery’. It is a kind of celery, grown as a root vegetable for its large and well-developed taproot rather than for its stem and leaves. …
  • Chard  Also referred to as Swiss chard, this member of the beet family is grown for its crinkly green leaves and celerylike stalks which sometimes be bright red, othertimes yellow or green.
  • Chestnuts
  • Chile peppers
  • Coconut
  • Corn
  • Cranberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Dates
  • Duck
  • Eggplant
  • Fennel (An aromatic plant with pale green, celery-like stems and bright green, feathery foliage. Taste like licorice.)
  • Figs
  • Foi gras (is a food product made of the liver of a duck or goose that has been specially fattened.)
  • Garlic
  • Gooseberries
  • Grains
  • Grapes
  • Huckleberries (A slightly tart berry fruit, similar to the blueberry, harvested in early fall.)
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi (This vegetable is a member of the turnip family and tastes like a mild, sweet turnip.)
  • Lentils
  • Lovage (the leaves and stems have a celery-like flavor.)
  • Lychee nuts
  • Mushrooms
  • Nectarines
  • Nuts
  • Okra
  • Oranges, blood
  • Oysters
  • Partridge
  • Passion fruit
  • Pears 
  • Peas
  • Persimmons (orange fruit resembling a plum; edible when fully ripe)
  • Pheasant
  • Pistachios
  • Plums
  • Polenta
  • Pomegranates
  • Pumpkins
  • Quinces (round pear-shaped fruit of the quince tree.)
  • Salsify  (A root vegetable with a delicate flavor. Also called the oyster plant.)
  • Scallops
  • Spices (warming cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, etc)
  • Stuffing
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Sweetbreads
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Turkey
  • Vinegar, red wine
  • Walnuts
  • Watermelon
  • Yams
  • Zucchini
  • Winter Squash

Winter

It’s all about comfort food on cold days and nights.  It’s a time to bake, braise, glaze, roast, simmer, and slow cook. Bold = (excellent/classic combinations)

  • Bananas
  • Beans
  • Beef
  • Braised dishes (short ribs)
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Caramel
  • Champagne
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus fruit
  • Dates
  • Game
  • Grains, heavy (Risottos are perfect comfort foods)
  • Grapefruit
  • Greens, winter
  • Lemons
  • Lentils
  • Limes
  • Maple syrup
  • Mushrooms, wild
  • Mussels
  • Orange, mandarin
  • Passion fruit
  • Pears
  • Plantains
  • Pork
  • Potatoes
  • Roasted dishes
  • Root vegetables (Carrots, parsnips, beets etc.) 
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Soups
  • Spices, warming (nutmeg, cinnamon etc. )
  • Squashes, winter
  • Squid
  • Stewed dishes
  • Sunchoke (Also known as Jerusalem artichoke)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tangerines
  • Venison
  • Water chestnuts
  • Yams
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