There is a reason why apple pies are portrayed as a pie to be made during the winter celebrations of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even New Years. There are also reasons why watermelons are always portrayed as being eaten at a picnic table under the warm sun, rather then in the gloved hand of a child with the red and yellow leafs swirling them. These reason are because, like most foods, they have a season that they belong to; where apple season is the Fall, watermelon season is the Summer.
When a food, such as a fruit or vegetable, is grown within the time of their season, they have the potential to be truly delicious. Sure, you can buy a bag of apple in the Summer and a watermelon during a snow storm, but I can almost guarantee you that those apples will be soft and that watermelon will be dry. Foods that are grown just taste hundred times better when they are grown and harvested in there peak season.
There is a reason as to why restaurants, cooking channels, and food magazines try to gear towards certain types of foods at certain points of the year, and that reason is because certain foods can only be made to perfection during certain seasons. Have you ever wondered why you are seeing so many different recipes for apples, pears, and cranberries in the past couple of months? Well, it’s not because of the popularity of the winter celebrations, though that does play a role, but it is because these fruits are at their peak in taste during this time.
I have always tried to cook based around what is in season. This not only helps my dishes to taste amazing, if i do say so myself, but it helps me to save money. Food is always at a lower cost when you buy it when it is in season. So with the combination of better tasting food and lower cost, why wouldn’t anyone cook with the seasons?
- Winter Squash Carbonara with Pancetta and Sage
- Chocolate Panna Cotta with Spiced Pepita Brittle
- Asian Oven Roasted Pull Pork
- Barley, Cauliflower, and Herbs with Burrata
- Pork and Kimchi Noodle Stir-Fry
- Polenta Fries
- Sweet Tea-Brined Hot Chicken Wings