Food & Antiques Market – Chiavari, Liguria (Italy) – In Season Now (May)

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2014
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Narrow Road - Chiavari

 

Last weekend we drove to Tellaro to visit my in laws and specifically my mother in law for the Mother’s Day. They in turn suggested we first make a stop in Chiavari for their food and antiques market, which occurs on the second Saturday of each month during the warmer months.

 

Narrow Road - Chiavari

 

Chiavari, for those of you who don’t know it, is a beautiful city on the Ligurian coast. It’s sort of the suburbs of Genova, lined with palm trees and colorful historic buildings (that fortunately weren’t bombed during the world wars). One of those picture perfect towns that make me ask my husband, “so how much does a house cost here?”. Typically, I then day dream about relocating and for a few moments I try to figure out how we could make it work.

 

Colorful Historic Buildings - Chiavari

 

The four of us (husband, in laws, and I) walked through the town’s historic center, going from stall to stall surveying an array of objects from Sicilian olives to sterling silver knife sets.

 

Sterling Silver Antiques - Chiavari

 

In Season Now – May

Fruits
Apricots, Apriums, Avocados, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cactus Pears, Cherimoyas, Cherries, Lemons, Limes, Loquats, Nectarines, Oranges, Peaches, Plums, Pluots, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Strawberries

Vegetables
Artichokes, Arugula, Asparagus, Broccoli Rabe, Cardons, Celeriac, Celery, Dandelion greens, Fava beans, Green garlic, Peppers (chili), Shallots, Spinach, Spring Onions, Spring Peas, Sweet Onions, Zucchini

 

Fruits Chiavari

 

Fish/Seafood – East Coast
Calico Bass, Cod, Haddock, Flounder Sole, Hake, Mackerel, Mussels, Pollock, Scallops (Sea), Striper, Squid (Calamari), Whiting

Fish/Seafood – West Coast
Dungeness Crab, Halibut, Salmon (Keta, King, Pink, Silver), Shark (Bonito, Soupfin, Mako, Thresher), Shrimp (Pacific Bay), Squid (Calamari), Swordfish

Fish/Seafood – UK
Brill, Bream Gilt, Gurnard, Haddock, Hake, Lobster, Megrim Sole, Monkfish (aka Anglerfish), Mullet (Red, Silver), Plaice, Trout (Sea), Turbot

Fish/Seafood – Italy/Mediterranean
Amberjack, Brill, Crabs, Langoustines (Norway Lobster), Monkfish, Mussels, Pink Shrimp, Ray Fish, Red Band Fish, Rock Goby, Totani (European Flying Squid)

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Sources:
http://www.cuesa.org/page/seasonality-chart-fruit-and-nuts
http://www.eattheseasons.co.uk/Articles/spinach.php
http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/Articles/Cooking-Tips–Techniques-642/seafood-season-chart.aspx
http://thecornishfishmonger.co.uk/seasonal_fish
La Cucina Italiana Magazine (Italian edition) May 2014

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