January – In Season Now

Jan
2015
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winter produce - greens and citrus

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

Fruits
Cherimoyas, Citrons, Grapefruits, Kumquats, Lemons, Limes, Mandarins, Oranges, Pomegranates, Pomelos

Vegetables
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

Sources
http://www.cuesa.org/page/seasonality-chart-fruit-and-nuts
http://www.eattheseasons.co.uk/index.php
http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/Articles/Cooking-Tips–Techniques-642/seafood-season-chart.aspx
http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/afreshapproach/whats-in-season.aspx
http://www.recchioni.it/stagioni.php
http://thecornishfishmonger.co.uk/january

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