When to find Italian seasonal fruit in stores
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Seasonal fruit and vegetables, why to prefer them and how to choose them
We are here today for a number of reasons that I am going to list you:
Our most attentive Brooch, Pamela, who likes to eat well, has discovered a bakery that does very good things at the “Campagna Amica” market that Coldiretti organizes weekly in Rome in the Tiburtina area, but we will talk about this later.
"Il pischello" (translated young boy) nickname of the greengrocer from whom we buy fruit and vegetables in the family since I can remember and I am not so young ... kid you will say once! He who knows my passion for artichokes always yells at me when I want to buy them out of season.
If tomorrow “the Day After Tomorrow” as I call it came and I were one of the few to survive (hopefully not), I wouldn't be able to plant a single potato. In the absence of the God Google I could not even run for cover, so I started studying. For your information and to keep it short, just cut it in half and plant it in the ground in spring starting from the third week of March, a little water and the rest is done by Mother Nature.
In summary, what brings us here today is how you will have guessed my ignorance on the subject of natural cycles and plants and my curiosity that led me to remedy.
Let's take a step back.
Apparently Greta Thunberg is giving us many life lessons and the famous phrase "man is what he eats" said by the German philosopher Ludwing Feuerbach seems to be valid now more than ever.
It is certainly not easy to find trusted traders, but before you understand who to contact,are you really convinced that you know how to make your purchases well? We are so used to finding everything in every season that we have lost track of natural cycles.
Eating broccoli in summer is a bit like watermelon in winter, it's against nature. So before reviewing fruit, vegetables and seasons together, let's ask ourselves why we should eat seasonal vegetables.
TASTE EARN US
Do you know one of the long-standing problems of our contemporary society? No, it is not the loneliness of the self, but those tasteless and watery tomatoes that have only the shape and color of the real tomato. Choosing fresh and harvested vegetables according to their natural ripeness brings an extraordinary and unique richness to our palate. Why isn't the same off-season? Because greenhouse cultivation does not bring the same nutrients to the plant, or the fruit and vegetables come from distant countries and continents. The zucchini in the supermarket in December will probably have traveled for days or have been stored for a long time in cold rooms.
THERE IS NO MAKEUP THERE IS NO DECEPTION!
Eating seasonal vegetables means eating healthy because vegetables do not need "tricks" to grow, especially if they are produced from organic farming, without unknown additives. Furthermore, changing the foods on the table according to the seasons means automatically diversifying the supply of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that our body needs.
IT'S GOOD FOR YOUR WALLET AND THE PLANET
The costs of an out of season vegetable are necessarily higher because expenses such as:
- additives for the cultivation or use of heated greenhouses
- storage costs, for example in the cold rooms where the products are stored
- the costs for transport from regions or foreign countries where the product is in season
- the higher costs are also environmental. A truck that crosses Europe, cold rooms or production in heated greenhouses are all activities that consume large amounts of non-renewable energy.
The secret to saving money, feeling the flavors and doing good for the environment? Eat seasonal fruit and vegetables, possibly at Km0.
Here is a short guide to find your way around the market stalls and take home the tastiest products of the season.
Fruits, vegetables and seasons.
With spring, nature awakens and new fruit and vegetables begin to be available to be brought to the table.
Vegetable: asparagus, friar's beard (agretti), artichokes, carrots, cauliflower, savoy cabbage, chicory, spring salads (chicory, dandelion, poppy, heart, valerianella), hops (wild asparagus), spring onions, fresh garlic, broad beans, peas.
Fruit: strawberries, medlars, oranges, tangerines, clementines, grapefruits, limes, kiwis, lemons, pears, apples.
Vegetable: asparagus, carrots, savoy cabbage, chicory, spring salads (chicory, heart, valerianella), spring onions, fresh garlic, broad beans, peas, green beans, onions.
Fruit: cherries, strawberries, medlars, kiwis, grapefruits, pears, apples.
Vegetable: courgettes, aubergines, peppers, chicory, valerian, rocket, lettuce, heart, spring onions, fresh garlic, broad beans, peas, green beans, onions.
Fruit: peaches, apricots, cherries, black cherries, strawberries, medlar, plums, melons, watermelon.
Colors, scents, nourishment and hydration: here are the fruits and vegetables of the summer, a riot of goodness! Colorful, healthy, juicy and refreshing ... let's find out what the hottest months of the year have in store for us.
Vegetable: courgettes, aubergines, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, chicory, celery, broad beans, chickpeas, lentils, beans, peas, green beans, radishes, beets, carrots, onions.
Fruit: peaches, apricots, cherries, strawberries, medlars, plums, melons, watermelons, figs, raspberries, blackberries, currants, blueberries, pears.
Vegetable: courgettes, pumpkins, aubergines, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, chickpeas, lentils, beans, green beans, radishes, beets, carrots, chicory, potatoes, onions.
Fruit: peaches, strawberries, apricots, medlars, plums, melons, watermelons, figs, grapes, pears, blueberries.
Vegetable: broccoli, courgettes, pumpkins, aubergines, peppers, tomatoes, radishes, beets, carrots, chicory, fennel, potatoes, onions.
Fruit: figs, prickly pears, pears, apples, peaches, peaches, plums, grapes, gooseberries.
In autumn, nature lights up with colors, from intense red to shades of orange, ocher and yellow both in the garden and in the woods, as can be seen from the list of fruits and vegetables typical of this period.
Vegetable: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, courgettes, pumpkins, aubergines, peppers, beets, carrots, chicory, potatoes, leeks, pumpkins.
Fruit: pears, apples, grapes, lemons, chestnuts
Vegetable: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, courgettes, pumpkins, aubergines, peppers, beets, carrots, chicory, potatoes, leeks, pumpkins, radicchio, spinach.
Fruit: pears, apples, grapes, lemons, chestnuts, oranges, mandarins, mandarins, cedars, persimmons, kiwis.
Vegetable: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, courgettes, pumpkins, aubergines, peppers, beets, chicory, potatoes, leeks, pumpkins, radicchio, spinach, artichokes, thistles, celery.
Fruit: pears, apples, grapes, lemons, oranges, tangerines, tangerines, grapefruits, cedars, kiwis.
Winter represents a period of rest and recovery for the earth and the arrival of the cold season puts a strain on our immune defenses. For this we need to protect our body and, as always, attention begins at the table! The products that nature offers us are precious to keep us fit.
Vegetable: beets, ribs, Jerusalem artichokes, broccoli, artichokes, thistles, carrots, celery and celeriac, cauliflower, savoy cabbage and cabbage, winter salads (radicchio from Treviso, Verona, Castelfranco), ribs, turnip greens, leeks, turnips, pumpkin .
Fruit: oranges, mandarins, tangerines, clementines, grapefruits, cedars, kiwis, lemons, pears, apples, quinces, pomegranates.
Vegetable: beets, ribs, broccoli, artichokes, carrots, cauliflower, savoy cabbage, winter salads (radicchio from Treviso, Verona, Castelfranco), turnip greens, leeks, catalonia, radicchio, radishes, spinach, celery.
Fruit: oranges, mandarins, clementines, grapefruits, citrons, kiwis, lemons, pears, apples.
Vegetable: asparagus, friar's beard (agretti), artichokes, carrots, cauliflower, savoy cabbage, chicory, spring salads (chicory, dandelion, poppy, heart, valerianella), spring onions, fresh garlic.
Fruit: oranges, mandarin oranges, clementines, grapefruits, cedars, kiwis, lemons, pears, apples.
At this point we know how to choose our vegetables, but who to go to?
This is where the Coldiretti - the National Confederation of Direct Farmers, an association that deals with representing and assisting Italian agriculture
Coldiretti, to promote local excellence and Km0 organizes markets Friendly Campaign throughout the Italian territory, operating in support of agriculture through direct sales, tourism and eco-sustainability and has one network of over 10 thousand points rooted throughout the Italian territory.
Campagna amica is markets where you can shop in a sustainable and responsible way, buying seasonal agricultural products, carefully selected, always fresh and of controlled and guaranteed Italian origin.
It is also farms, agritourisms, shops in the city, restaurants and urban gardens.
You can find all the information you need on the website www.campagnamica.it
Friendly Campaign | Coldiretti.
Our forerunner in the world of Coldiretti? The oven de "The two Monelle"which makes the best red pizza I've ever tasted. You can find it every Friday and Saturday at the market in via Tiburtina.
The peculiarity is that they do not fry anything and use very little salt, giving flavor with special flours and seeds. We are addicted to their salty biscuits in light and dark versions, but you will also find sweets, pies, chocolate spread and of course bread!
and you want to save money you can rely on the purchasing groups that crowd the world of start-ups or make a smart quality shopping that arrives directly at home thanks to Clods a company that has been delivering products from artisan farms to Rome since 2008.
There is also Cortilia another service active in some Italian cities: Milan, Turin, Bologna, Modena, Novara, Lodi, Piacenza, Pavia, Monza and Brianza, Como, Varese, Bergamo, Brescia. In just 24 hours you will receive the shopping at your home.
We give you a preview news: ours Keepqueenbeealive (you can read her recipes here and here) she is opening a farm, follow her on Instagram!
So what to tell you if you don't… “eat responsibly!”.
Seasonal products: we follow the rhythm of nature
by Vincenzo Bonomo
Agricultural products follow the rhythm of nature today, but in the shops we can find everything in any season. On our tables more and more often non-fresh products arrive, which contain variable quantities of preservatives and additives. Buying seasonal fruit and vegetables means eating better. Since they are essential foods for a proper diet, it is better to eat them in abundance and in a variety of ways: each of these foods contains essential substances for our body, such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Respecting seasonality is not only an advantage for taste, but allows us to reduce our impact on the environment and on health. Greenhouse cultivation involves the use of fossil fuels for heating and the more frequent use of pesticides.
Buying seasonal fruit and vegetables also means less pollution, and if we buy local products, we limit carbon dioxide emissions due to transport.
Buying seasonal products costs less and in this period of crisis it is not cheap. Given the lower running costs of non-greenhouse cultivation, product prices will also be lower. And if we choose zero km products, the savings are even greater, because we will also reduce transport costs.
Since we are going to meet the beautiful season Giornalevinocibo.com gives you advice on the products to buy:
Tomatoes: emblem of Italian cuisine, it has conquered a respectable position in our diet being the symbol of typical and characteristic dishes such as pizza or pasta with tomato sauce. Tomato is a low calorie food, rich in nutrients, especially when fully ripe. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, carotenes, vitamin K and the antioxidant lycopene.
Medlar: for economic reasons, over the years it has no longer been cultivated, but used in gardens as an ornamental plant. Contains readily available simple sugars, vitamin C and formic acid.
Strawberries: it is the spring fruit par excellence. In addition to being eaten fresh, they are used for the preparation of creams, jams, ice creams, syrups, fruit salads, but the most classic preparation is with cream. Strawberry is a fruit rich in nutrients. Rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, and especially C, it also contains many mineral salts.
Green beans: they are used as a side dish, boiled and seasoned with oil and lemon, they can be accompanied with boiled potatoes. They are also used for the preparation of omelettes, savory pies and first courses. They are a low calorie food, rich in mineral salts, fiber, vitamin A and potassium. They are suitable for low-calorie diets, refresh and have a diuretic action.
Cherries: they are added to fruit salads, sorbets, ice creams and puddings, and are also the protagonists for the preparation of spoon desserts, pies and sweets with candied fruit. With cherries are also produced brandies such as maraschino and Piedmontese ratafià. Cherries are rich in carotenes, vitamin C, flavonoids, potassium, calcium and phosphorus.
Cucumbers: it is mainly consumed sliced fresh in salads or pickled. Cucumbers contain a lot of water, as well as a decent content of minerals and vitamins. In addition, thanks to the fibers, they are useful for the activity of the intestine.
Garlic: we tend to think that garlic covers flavors, there are many ways to use it in the kitchen: it can be used simply raw in sauces, pesto or bruschetta. It is also used to flavor both fish-based and meat-based dishes. It is considered a medical food thanks to allicin, this substance makes the blood more fluid, lowers blood pressure and promotes the elimination of cholesterol.
Apricots: they are used to prepare cakes, jams, creams, ice creams, smoothies and canned preserves. They contain many minerals and vitamins of group B and C.
Eggplant: in our kitchens they are prepared in many ways: in oil and vinegar for appetizers, in first courses such as the famous pasta alla Norma, but also stuffed, fried, grilled or breaded. Eggplants are rich in water, vitamins A and C and mineral salts.
Peaches: they are fruits with a sugary flavor and are ideal for the preparation of fruit salads or cakes, smoothies, ice creams, jams, canned in syrup and desserts. They contain moderate amounts of vitamin C, potassium and beta carotene and are low in calories.
Zucchini: they are consumed both raw, as an appetizer, but also to be grilled or sautéed as an excellent side dish in first courses. We find them in soups, pasta and risottos. They are excellent accompaniments to second courses of meat, fish, we also remember how delicious they are stuffed and baked in the oven. Zucchini have a modest calorie content, are very digestible and contain potassium, vitamin E, C and folic acid.
A perfect green salad
The great heat is the best invitation to the consumption of excellent seasonal salads: romaine lettuce, lollo and chicory, but also cutting plants such as the oak leaf. For an excellent green salad, July is also the month of rocket salad he was born in celery, to be added fresh. Final touch in our salad, a few bits of raw green pepper, perhaps still small and not yet fully ripe. The result is extraordinary! Alternatively, you can add another of the flavors of July, namely the cucumber.
What is the fruit and vegetables in season in April: the best of spring
More and more often we are used to find in the supermarket any type of fruit and vegetables, throughout the year. To always get the best from vegetables and fruit, however, it is advisable to consume freshly harvested products at the right point of ripeness: to do this, it is important to know which products grow in the different months of the year. April is a full month of spring, a period in which nature explodes with colors and scents, awakening after the long winter. Fortunately, at this time of the year they are available lots of vegetables and in the orchard the first juicy and colorful fruits peep out.
April is definitely the month of wild herbs, which fortunately today can also be found at the greengrocer, without being forced to look for them in the countryside or in the hills. Chicory of various types, dog's teeth, dandelions, wild asparagus: these are all products rich in antioxidant and purifying substances, which can be consumed freely and promote the expulsion of slag accumulated during the winter. In spring there are also the last ones artichokes and they have been harvesting for a few weeks asparagus. These vegetables are very beneficial for our body, to be consumed raw or cooked, according to preferences. In the garden you can find all the leafy vegetables, from beets to radicchio, from rocket to endive, take the opportunity to prepare tasty salads.
The first ones begin to be found tomatoes juicy and fragrant, they come from countries bordering the Mediterranean, and have the flavor of summer tomatoes. In April they also begin to eat the first beans and in some places there are also spring peas, sweet and tender: try to prepare these legumes for an excellent puree, mashing them with some boiled new potatoes. A little' fruit shopping is less fortunate, because it is still very early for the first summer fruits, such as apricots or plums, and it is late for apples and pears: if you find them in the store, they are those of the past year.
They are fruits of April invee le strawberries, which begin to ripen in February, and continue until summer. Even the citrus fruits are typical spring fruits, although lemons, oranges and grapefruits are available in many varieties, which ripen from November to June.
When to find Italian seasonal fruit in stores
Each variety of fruit has a certain content of food principles.
Sugary fruits such as figs and bananas contain a fair percentage of carbohydrates and a much higher caloric intake than the so-called acidulous fruits such as apples, oranges, melons and apricots which, moreover, do not contain more than fifteen percent of sugars.
Oily fruit such as almonds have a high lipid content and an equally high calorie intake.
As well as fruit, vegetables also bring considerable advantages to the human body, who therefore must never avoid its consumption by trying to include it among the protagonists of his diet.
These categories of foods carry out decisive diuretic, vitaminizing and laxative actions thanks to the fibers that stimulate intestinal peristalsis, not even the digestive action can be excluded.
The washing of vegetables and fruit is very important to avoid the dangers of intoxication triggered by the use of chemical additives used in agriculture in recent times, the washing must be carried out just before consumption, especially in the case of fruit to be peeled in order to avoid the oxidation of the vitamin C.
1. Dreaming of fresh fruit. Dreaming of eating fresh fruit
and the most common image of satisfaction, confirmation and success. Dreaming of eating it means you need vitality, strength and enthusiasm to face some aspect of life or need to recognize what positive you are experiencing.
Dreaming of eating a fruit can also be a symbol of a new love, a new and "Fresh relationship".
2. Dreaming of out of season fruit Dreaming of eating fruit out of season
it represents everything that is out of place, out of context and that can prove to be problematic or harmful.
According to popular interpretation, it is the symbol of sentimental difficulties and a lack of synchrony in relationships (including friendship).
3. Dreaming of unripe fruit. Dreaming of eating unripe fruit
indicates immaturity in some area, perhaps the dreamer is doing something without having acquired the necessary skills and competences or simply still has to grow.
Eating unripe fruit in dreams can be a symbol of sorrow, an unpleasant situation or represent a premature and inappropriate sexual intercourse.
4. Dreaming of rotten fruit. Dreaming of rotten fruit
represents what has been wasted and what is "Gone bad" that is, the possibilities not grasped, things not valued and not appreciated, let fall into the void. Or the qualities within oneself that have turned into something negative, for example: extroversion that becomes invasion of others, self-care that becomes selfishness, self-defense that becomes aggression.
Rotten fruit in dreams can also indicate a negative situation you are experiencing or the loss of a favorable opportunity.
5. Dreaming of exotic fruit. Dreaming of eating tropical fruit
it reflects the need to get out of the usual habits and the taste for what is different and for the unknowns of life. Need to take risks, to dare more.
It can be considered an openness to any novelty, a different path than usual or a relationship that comes out of officialdom and tradition (even extra-marital affairs).
6. Dreaming of dried fruit. Dreaming of eating dried fruit
it is the fruit that has lost its natural water but has preserved and concentrated its nutritional principles. Seeing her in dreams means grasping the positive aspects,"Nutrients“And regenerating in what has matured over time.
It is a symbol of endurance, strength, concentration and resources that must be discovered.
Eating dried fruit in dreams can also indicate the need to heal a weakness, need for strength and energy.
7. Dreaming of picking fruit from a tree
it means taking a chance, trying to reach a goal, having clear objectives, having matured resources and possibilities.
It is a symbol of an inner richness that allows you to see and "grasp " the wealth around him.
8. Dreaming of fruit juice. Dreaming of drinking fruit juice
sometimes it presents itself as a message from the body that it needs to detoxify, but it can also allude to the sweetness of a situation, to maternal care and feelings or to the need to find sweetness and security, satisfaction and positivity, to grasp the essence of a situation.
9. Dreaming of fruit in a basket
it represents wealth and future possibilities, the possible development of a situation, vitality, fertility, in some cases pregnancy.
10. Dreaming of a fruit and vegetable stand. Dreaming of a fruit and vegetable market
these images also allude to the infinite possibilities of life, to the opportunities to be seized, to the natural and simple aspects that one needs. These are dreams that often invite a precise food choice.
11. Dreaming of buying fruit
it means looking for positive opportunities, using one's strength and energy to achieve a result.
12. Dreaming of selling fruit in dreams Dreaming of giving fruit in dreams
it is equivalent to giving the best of oneself, sharing one's skills or, when giving fruit to someone, showing oneself, demonstrating one's good qualities, good intentions, affection, love or sexual desire.
13. Dreaming of receiving fruit in dreams
it can be the symbol of feelings of love, friendship, solidarity or the search for a relationship by those who donate fruit in dreams.
14. Dreaming of making fruit jam. Dreaming of eating jam
it means transforming, elaborating, softening a situation, it is an image of creativity that shows the commitment put at the service of one's talents and the will to get the best or to give the best.
Eating jam in dreams recalls the need for sweetness, tenderness and pampering that have a somewhat childlike quality or that allude to the past.
15. Dreaming of an orchard
it represents a reserve of resources to be able to draw on that can give life to new possibilities and opportunities.
It can indicate the family, the workplace, a rich environment and "fruitful".
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