January – In Season Now
I’m learning to like winter. In my perpetual attempt to see the glass half full, I’ve come to appreciate the rainy days as an opportunity to lie in bed and read a book. The cold is an excuse to cuddle up next to the hubby with no fear he’s going to start complaining he’s hot. And then of course as all things flirty foodie, there’s the food!
Oh how I love the seasons, if for no other reason than it means that the produce changes. So I miss artichokes in the summer time. And I day dream about making fig tarts in the winter. Yearning helps you appreciate things when you get them!
Another thing about winter I’ve come to appreciate, waking up in the morning to a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Religiously prepared with love by my husband.
It’s also an opportunity for me to see his “Italianness”. He’ll cruise the aisles of the supermarket or the farmers market attentively comparing the variety and origin of each orange. This week he came home with a proud and ecstatic grin on his face. Le arance sanguinelle sono in stagione “The sanguinello oranges are in season”, he exclaimed. This particular type of blood orange is his favorite. They’re usually only available from February to April. This year it seems they wanted to give him a pleasant surprise.
In Season Now – January
Cherimoyas, Citrons, Grapefruits, Kumquats, Lemons, Limes, Mandarins, Oranges, Pomegranates, Pomelos
Artichokes, Beetroot, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Celery, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Mushrooms, Nettles, Parsnips, Orach, Parsnips, Potatoes, Radicchio, Rutabagas, Sunchokes, Turnips, Truffles (Black, White)
Fish / Seafood – East Coast USA
Oysters, Pollock, Sea Bass, Scallops (Bay, Sea), Shrimp (Rock), Striper, Sole (Flounder), Lobster (in South Florida)
Fish / Seafood – West Coast USA
Calamari Squid, Columbia River Smelt, Crab (Dungeness, King), Swordfish
Fish / Seafood – UK
Wild Bass, Bream (black), Cod, Coley, Cuttlefish, Dab, Mackerel, Mussels, Pollock, Sardines, Skate, Sole (Lemon, Dover), Turbot, Whiting
Fish / Seafood – Italy
Anchovy, Gurnard (Yellow), Hake, John Dory, Mackerel, Mantis Shrimp, Poor Cod, Scaldfish, Scorpion Fish, Small Squid, Turbot