Friday, December 30, 2011

Eating Winter Fresh in California

The great sunshine state of ours supported Native Americans for centuries with an abundance of year around fresh foods, not to mention the plentiful game from land and sea. Blessings abound while we eat our winter navel oranges, lemons, mandarins, and pommelos and East Coast localvores gaze jealously our way. Everything will be fine, because, if you didn't already know, California grows about 80% of the fruits and vegetables sold in the continental United States. Industrialized ways of farming do grow fruits and vegetables to a grand scale to our own future's demise. This isn't, as we all know, the best practice or "sustainable capitalism" ~Al Gore. If you are reading this blog you are probably familiar with the benefits of shopping at your local farmers market for seasonal veggies and fruits. The hardest part of being a true locavore is eating what is grown in 150 mile radius. Then the question becomes, how do you cook a rutabaga? It can be challenging and cooking local and seasonal does require a bit of experimentation to make things taste good. Below you will see that cooking rutabaga with a bit of olive oil, garlic, oregano, and a sprinkle of parmessan, can make your rutabaga experience delicious. For the winter I like to serve things warm, in soups, or hot dishes.

For winter you are sure to find the following vegetables at your local California farmers market with high nutritious value and hopefully grown organically.

Winter Produce:
Rutabagas

Cardoons
Chicories 
Escarole
Grapefruit
Jerusalem artichokes
Kale
Mandarins
Navel Oranges
Persimmons
Pommelos
Radishes
Rutabagas
Salsify 
Squash
Winter Squash

Year around produce: 
Beets
Cooked Rutabaga
Belgian Endive
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Collard Greens
Horseradish
Lettuce
Mint
Mushrooms
Oregano
Parsley
Sorrel
Spinach
Sprouts
Thyme
Watercress


2 comments:

  1. Looks delicious! Happy New Year!

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  2. So pleased to meet a fellow Soundclouder and poet - no less - who also loves tow rite about food! Roasted rutabaga - the British call it swede - or is it chard? In Canada we called it turnip. I put a recipe for roasted chard/rutabaga/turnip/swede on my blog. http://alisonamazed.wordpress.com/2011/12/11/beany-tomato-soup-with-spicy-garlic-roasted-chard/

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