Monday, August 12, 2013

Seasonality - August Foods In Season


By my personal internal calendar, August is already fall, but the reality of the world is that in most places, it doesn't start to feel like fall for another month or two--when it's almost winter! Still, by this time of the year, a lot of the bigger crops are starting to come in, and a lot of the summer crops are still producing; this is about as bountiful as you're going to get as you eat your way through the seasons!

This list, of course, might show stuff not available in your area, which is something to think about if you're also trying to eat local. I'll put all my sources down at the bottom for you to double-check if you'd like to. I did keep to Norther Hemisphere sources, though, since I'm based in the NH; if you're in the Southern Hemisphere, this applies to the opposite half of your year.

FRUITS

  • Apples / Bramley Apples
  • Apricots
  • Asian Pears
  • Billberries
  • Blackberries
  • Black Currants
  • Blueberries
  • Boysenberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Damson Plums
  • Figs
  • Gooseberries
  • Grapes
  • Grapefruits
  • Greengage
  • Kiwi
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Loganberries
  • Mangoes
  • Melons
  • Mullberries (if you can find them this late in the year!)
  • Nectarines
  • Passionfruits
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Persimmons
  • Pineapples
  • Plums 
  • Raspberries
  • Red Currants
  • Sapotes
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatillos
  • Tomatoes
  • Valencia Oranges
  • Watermelons


VEGETABLES

  • Arugula / Rocket
  • Asian Vegetables
  • Avocados
  • Bell Peppers
  • Beets
  • Black Eyed Peas (fresh)
  • Bok Choi
  • Broccoli & Broccoli Raab
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac / Celery Root
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Chicory
  • Collards
  • Corn
  • Cranberry Beans
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Endive
  • Globe Artichoke
  • Green beans
  • Green onions
  • Gourds (most are edible, if not best-tasting)
  • Indian Corn (usually makes awesome flour)
  • Kale
  • Kholrabi
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Lima Beans
  • Mustard Greens
  • Okra
  • Olives
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Runner Beans
  • Scallions
  • Shallots
  • Snow Peas
  • Spinach
  • Summer squash
  • Turnips
  • Zucchini & Zucchini Blossoms


HERBS AND SPICES

  • Basil
  • Chervil
  • Chiles
  • Chives
  • Cilantro / Coriander
  • Dill
  • Garlic
  • Ginger Root
  • Fennel
  • Horseradish (fresh)
  • Lambsquarters
  • Lemongrass
  • Lovage
  • Marjoram
  • Mint (though mine died a month and a half ago here!)
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Sorrel
  • Summer and Winter Savory
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Watercress


OTHER

  • Cobnuts
  • Burdock
  • Cactus Pads
  • Local Honey
  • Pecans
  • Cheeses - Farmhouse Cheddar, Goat’s Cheese, Camembert, Reblochon


MEATS

  • Beef
  • Duck
  • Grey Squirrel
  • Grouse
  • Hare
  • Lamb
  • New Bacon
  • Pork
  • Rabbit
  • Wood Pigeon
  • Venison


FISH AND SEAFOOD

  • Crab
  • Crayfish
  • Cod
  • Coley
  • Dab
  • Dover Sole
  • Flounder
  • Grey Mullet
  • Haddock
  • Hake
  • Herring
  • John Dory
  • Lemon Sole
  • Langoustine
  • Lobster
  • Mackerel
  • Monkfish
  • Pacific Halibut
  • Pilchard
  • Plaice
  • Pollack
  • Prawns
  • Red Mullet
  • Salmon
  • Sardine
  • Scallop
  • Sea Bass
  • Sea Bream
  • Sea Trout
  • Shrimp
  • Squid
  • Tuna
  • Turbot
  • Whelks
  • Whitebait


WILD FORAGE (always make sure you're totally certain what you're picking!)

  • Blackberries
  • Crabapples
  • Fat Hen
  • Mushrooms - Chantrelles, Porchinis, Trompette De La Mort, Ceps / Penny Bun, Field, Puffball, Truffles
  • Orach
  • Purslane
  • Samphire
  • Wild Damsons
  • Wild Garlic


YEAR ROUND

  • Bananas
  • Coconuts
  • Dried or canned or frozen stuff
  • Sprouts



What's your favorite food of August? What're your favorite recipes for these sorts of foods? Share in the comments!



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