1 NOVEMBER, 2013

Fruit and Vegetables of the month: November

November’s Harvest

November is here and brings with it a new harvest of delicious fruits and vegetables. Rich in vitamins and nutritional ingredients and necessary to combat the winter cold that is typically accompanied by ailments, November fruits and vegetables promise renewal of our pallet.

Roasted chestnuts from the chestnut street-seller on the corner warm our hands in the paper bag that we carry discreetly, hoping no one asks us to try one. Perhaps they were roasted in the fire place – regardless, we love chestnuts because of their flavor but mainly because of the ritual that accompanies them. Memories carved in our mind of walks underneath cloudy skies, dressed in many layers or sitting by the fireplace. Where are such moments «located»? In the mountainous regions of our country, mainly in the north.

While taking a stroll we enjoy the tangerine we just borrowed from the tree and if it’s of the Clementine variety we’re in luck, since it does not have any seeds. We can enjoy these tangerines (or mandarines) until February, but we should probably borrow a few more and take them home for good measure. And lest not forget oranges for some freshly-squeezed juice to shield us from the flu.

Grape fruits. Do we have grape fruit orchards in Greece? Of course and they are tasty and fresh.  Look to the vegetable stall next to you, careful not to confuse the varieties of beets (beetroots) because they are not all the same! Maybe we should use some vrouves in our beet-salad, they are after all fantastic wild greens from the Greek fauna.

Fresh in November

Fruit

  • Grape fruit
  • Clementines (tangerine variety)
  • Oranges

Vegetables

  • Vrouves (variety of wild greens)

  • Chestnuts

  • Beetroots

Found on the shelf

Fruit

  • Kiwi (Greek)
  • Lotus
  • Apples
Vegetables

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Peppers
  • Leeks
  • Pumpkin
  • Artichoke
  • Fennel

End of season

Fruit

  • Pears

  • Pomegranate

  • Grapes

Vegetables

  • Radishes

  • Green beans

November recipes…

We went to the market and to the super market, we even picked some from the garden or during our mountain excursion, and we now have all of November’s fresh fruits and vegetables in our kitchen.

We will use them in our recipes – they are nutritional and tasty, as well as very healthy, since they facilitate the body’s general health and naturally, we feel and look the part! After all, health starts from within! Bon appetit!

..And recipes for good health




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