In Season Now – March

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2014
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Last week was particularly lovely and trying. I think I managed to cover all of the earth’s major climatic zones except for the extreme cold of the arctic circle and the extreme heat of the Sahara desert.

In just week I visited Milan, New York, Salt Lake City, San Diego, and Santo Domingo. I’m sure you all can imagine how different the weather was in each of these cities. In fact, I got back home just in time to spend countless hours in bed recovering from the flu. I’m pretty sure my body was rebelling against having to deal with too many extremes.

Anyways, as usual all the traveling, makes me think about “what’s in season in now”. Which as last week reminded me is hugely dependent on what corner of the earth you find yourself in at this very moment. My list is based upon Northern hemisphere Mediterranean weather, which as you all probably remember for geography class, also covers most of California.

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Fruits
Avocados, Cherimoyas, Grapefruit, Kumquats, Lemons, Limes,Oranges, Pomelos, Strawberries

Vegetables
Artichokes, Asparagus, Avocados, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Broccoli Rabe (rapini), Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cardoons, Carrots, Cauliflower, Dandelion greens, Endive, Fava Beans, Fava Greens, Fennel, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Nettles, Onions, Orach, Parsley, Parsnips,  Radicchio (chicories), Radishes, Rutabagas, Scallions, Shallots, Spinach, Sunchokes, Turnips,

Fish/Seafood – East Coast
Cod, Haddock, Pollock, Flounder Sole, Hake, Sea Bass, Striper, Bay Scallops, Sea Scallops, Mussels, Oysters, Rock shrimp

Fish/Seafood – West Coast
Columbia River Smelt, Calamari Squid, Halibut, Mussels, Sablefish (aka black cod or butterfish), King crab, Spot prawns

Fish/Seafood – UK
Clams, Coley, Cod, Dad, Dover Sole, Haddock, Megrim Sole, Monkfish (aka Anglerfish), Mussels, Native Oyster, Sardines, Scallops, Skate, Squid (aka Cuttlefish)

Fish/Seafood – Italy/Mediterranean
Anchovy, Brill, Crabs, Hake, Langoustines, Mackerel, Mantis shrimp (aka Squilla), Monkfish (Anglerfish), Pink shrimp, Peter’s fish (aka St. Pierre or John Dory), Rockfish (Scorpionfish), Squid (aka Cuttlefish)

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://localfoods.about.com/od/fishseafood/a/West-Coast-Seafood-Seasons.htm
http://thecornishfishmonger.co.uk/MARCH
http://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/cooking-tips-shortcuts/seasonal-foods-march-103929
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