By Chef H. Delgado
July 9, 2021
This week I bring you a selection of the best seasonal ingredients you can find this summer in the Spanish food markets. And I would also like to share some of the delicious recipes that I have made, ideal to try this summer.
The improvement of transportation has made us change our eating habits in recent years. We can eat strawberries in November and pumpkin in April. We have forgotten what the seasonal products and the proximity foods are.
The New techniques allow us to grow all kinds of fruits and vegetables at any time of the year, although the result is not always the most natural and ecological. In addition, we import fruits from distant countries that spend weeks in cold stores, which means that the food loses texture, flavour and nutritional value.
Consuming seasonal products means contributing to the protection of the environment. The food has more flavour, more nutrients and less use of chemicals in its obtention. It also means saving money. After all, they are cheaper because they are easy to obtain.
Without a doubt, summer is the season for fruits. Thanks to the climatic variations of the peninsula, we have many types of fruits, among which are: Avocado, Tomato, Apricot, Plum, Pomegranate, Fig, Mango, Apple, Peach, Melon, Quince, Nectarine, Raspberry, Paraguayan, Banana, Watermelon, Grape, Blueberry, Grapefruit, Blackberry, Cherry and Lemon.
The garden begins to take colour as the heat advances. Most fruit crops host their maximum volume. It makes the garden a spectacle of colours and different forms. Among the great variety of vegetables from the Spanish garden, we can find: Garlic, Zucchini, Leeks, Onion, Green bean, Lettuce, Turnip, Cucumber, Radish, Eggplant, Beetroot, Aubergines, Chive, Mint, Pepper and Potato.
It is the season in which meat has the lowest percentage of fat. That is why summer would be the best time to include meat in our diet.
Among the meats that we can find in the market are: Iberian Pig, Pork, Rabbit, Chicken, Veal, Beef, Quail and Wild Pigeon.
The same thing happens with fish in the summer months. The fat content of the fish is the lowest of the year. Species such as sardines or anchovies acquire their best size, becoming one of the claims of the fishmongers. It is the best time of the year to consume bluefish.
Among the best-known species we can find: Perch, Sea Bream, Cuttlefish, Squid, Red Shrimps "Carabineros", Small Clams "chirlas", Big Clams "concha fina", Razor Clams, Prawns, Lobster, Sea Bass, Mackerel, Monkfish, Turbot, White Tuna "bonito", Anchovy, Sardine, Trout, Scorpion fish and Tuna.
I hope you have a nice summer, plenty of good food and many recipes with Spanish flavour.
Thank you very much for your support!
Have a Tasty Day!
Love for the product, take care of the technique, elegant execution, and above all, nature and environment respect, are my values as a professional.
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