Cookbook:Seasonality

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The seasonality of an ingredient refers to the period in which the ingredient is available or is at its best. Some ingredients, such as asparagus, are only available several months of the year whereas others, such as cabbages or carrots are available fresh all year long.

These days, there are many ways to get ingredients out of season. Some ingredients, like apples, will simply keep for a very long time, without much extra effort. Others, such as peas, can be frozen directly after harvest to make them available all year round. Other options include growing vegetables and fruit in greenhouses to simulate seasonal conditions or flying produce in from parts of the world where the seasons are reversed (ie. the season for asparagus on the southern hemisphere is six months later than on the northern hemisphere).

Seasonal EatingEdit

Because of the measures that are taken to increase availability of ingredients out of season, buying ingredients according to their season has some advantages:

Flavour
Fresh in-season ingredients are generally considered to taste better than those that are stored, frozen or grown out of season.
Nutrition
Research has shown that most produce has a higher nutritional value in-season
Price
In-season ingredients grown locally will usually be cheaper than those flown in from other parts of the world or grown in greenhouses.
Environmental concerns
Some methods of producing ingredients out of season, such as flying it in from another hemisphere, or artificial heating of greenhouses can take their toll on the environment.

Seasonality TablesEdit

The following tables show the seasonality per ingredient for each month.

As the seasonality of ingredients depends greatly on the climate in which they're produced, these tables are intended to be used as a loose guideline. Depending on the location, the season may be longer or shorter.

When buying ingredients, check the country of origin if possible. Locally produced vegetables that are far out of season are likely to have been grown in greenhouses.

VegetablesEdit

Northern Hemisphere Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Acorn Squash Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif
Alfalfa Sprouts Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif
Artichokes Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif
Arugula (Rucula, Rocket) Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif
Asparagus Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif
Avocado Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif
Beet Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif
Bell Pepper Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif
Bitter Melon Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif
Broad Beans Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif
Broccoli Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif
Broccoli (sprouting) Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif
Brussels Sprouts Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif
Butternut Squash Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif
Eggplant Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif
Spinach Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif
Sweet Potato Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif
Zucchini Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif


Southern Hemisphere Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Acorn Squash Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif
Alfalfa Sprouts Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif
Artichokes Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif
Arugula (Rucula, Rocket) Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif
Asparagus Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif
Avocado Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif
Beet Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif
Bell Pepper Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif
Bitter Melon Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif
Broad Beans Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif
Broccoli Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif
Broccoli (sprouting) Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif
Brussels Sprouts Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif
Butternut Squash Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif
Eggplant Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif
Spinach Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif
Sweet Potato Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif
Zucchini Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality3.gif

FruitEdit

Northern Hemisphere Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Apples Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif
Apricots Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif
Asian Pears Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif
Bananas Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif
Blackberries Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif
Blueberries Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif
Cherries (sweet) Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif
Cherries (sour) Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif
Pawpaw Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif
Pineapple Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif
Plums Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif
Southern Hemisphere Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Apples Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif
Apricots Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif
Asian Pears Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif
Bananas Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif
Blackberries Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality2.gif
Blueberries Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif
Cherries (sweet) Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif
Cherries (sour) Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif
Pawpaw Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif
Pineapple Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif
Plums Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif

NutsEdit

Northern Hemisphere Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Almonds Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif
Southern Hemisphere Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Almonds Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif

Herbs and SpicesEdit

Northern Hemisphere Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Basil Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif
Southern Hemisphere Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Basil Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif

Meat and fishEdit

Northern HemisphereEdit

Northern Hemisphere Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Turkeys Seasonality2.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif

Southern HemisphereEdit

Southern Hemisphere Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Turkeys Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality3.gif Seasonality2.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif Seasonality1.gif

Turkeys are often eaten for thanksgiving in the fall just after fattening up in the summer. Pigs and other animals are also often slaughtered in the fall after freshly fattened up. Ham is traditionally paired up with the autumn apples. Salmon are popular according to their spawning cycles. In Portugal sardines are a famous festivity as Saint Anthony's day in the summer days of June.

OtherEdit

Other examples include certain cheeses and alcoholic beverages. Feta cheese, for example, is aged for at least 3 months at certain conditions. Winter lagers also have to be fermented at lower temperatures for several weeks.

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Last modified on 25 June 2013, at 12:34