Cooking and Eating in Season – Winter


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As we approach cool or cold winters,  the market basket changes. The funny thing about seasons is that people in different parts of the world eat different things at the same time of year because they are in different seasons. When the aching winter lashes the Northern Hemisphere, those in the Southern Hemishpere savour or languish the blistering summer heat.  This is great for tourism as people in temperate climates head towards more agreeable weather. While winter grinds some to a freezing halt,  the same time of year sees spikes in tourism for countries that are tropical or experiencing summer. This is also very useful if you are buying foods imported from different regions across the world.  Nature is truly a splendid diva!

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While every living thing droops over here in the Middle Eastern summer, we pine when our food loving friends boast their bountiful strawberry yield. We have months to go before those show up in our markets in the new year.  Yes, over here, strawberry is a winter fruit! Due to our harsh dessert summers, few crops withstand the peltering 122F/ 50C summer sun and strawberries certainly isn’t one of them. This is why seasonal food calendars vary from region to region, so one size doesn’t fit all.

Nevertheless, here is our list for the good things to look out for this season (tomatoes are only in season this time of year in the UAE) …

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what’s in season in winter

Avocado

Bananas

Beans (especially pinto and black varieties)

Beetroot

Broccoli

Broccolini

Brussel Sprouts

Buckwheat

Cabbage

Carrot

Chinese Cabbage

Savoy Cabbage

Capon

Cauliflower

Caviar

Celeriac

Celery Root

Chestnuts

Chicory

Clams

Clementines

Cod

Cranberries

Daikon

Dried Summer Fruits

Duck

Endive

Escarole

Fennel

Grapfruit- ordinary, pink

Greens

Guinea Fowl

Kale

Kiwi

Kohlrabi

Leeks

Lentils

Lobster

Mackerel

Mussels

Nuts and nut oils

Oranges- all, Madarin, blood, grapefruit, kumquats, lemons, Meyer lemons

Oysters

Parsnips

Passion fruit

Pheasant

Potatoes

Raddichio

Rabbit

Rosemary

Rutabagas

Partridge

Pineapple

Pomegranate

Quail

Quince

Sausages

Sea bass

Scallops

Squashes, winter

Squid

Star fruit

Spinach

Sweet Potato

Tangerines

Tropical fruits

Turkey

Truffles, black

Veal shanks

Venison

Yams

 

Other seasons:

Cooking in Season- Autumn

11 responses to “Cooking and Eating in Season – Winter

  1. Do you have a good recipe with chestnuts?

  2. Hi Guys! These veggies and fruits are seasonal for produce from the Middle East region? Also buy a lot of produce from neighboring countries if UAE is not available

    • Didi, the items are in season during winter, but not all are available in the UAE or nearby. However, if you use the list as a guide, you can be look out for those items. Some things do not grow here at all (eg. never seen local citrus, pomegranates etc) but grow in the region.

  3. My French Heaven

    The first shot is absolutely STUNNING!!

  4. I just adore your photos, I want to live in your veg basket. I promise to go easy on the eating lol Love the list all are fab ingredients to cook with.
    Always Fab Kari

    • Thanks Dima! I really miss the Farmer’s Market on the Terrace because it provided us with local and often organic vegetables, some of which you can’t find in the regular markets. But that said, both Chef Lij and I LOVE going market shopping. For us, it is an outing all on its own!

  5. If only i could get all those fresh delicious items in the winter at my local Northern Michigan Market! We have hearty greens and lots of root veggies, but I’d adore a chance to pick up that long list of goods you’re able to. These fabulous pictures help ease the pain!

  6. Great post, I really enjoy your blog. I’ve been trying to eat more seasonally as well, and love going to the farmer’s market to get what’s fresh and local. Grocery store food just isn’t the same!

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