Category Archives: FOOD STUFF

Strawberry season

Strawberry season

Once available¬† for just a brief period during the summer, strawberries are now a year-round fruit, thanks to imports from warmer climates. However, the varieties grown for export tend to be chosen for their ability to withstand transportation, rather than for their texture or flavour, which often results in a less tender berry with an unremarkable taste. The fact that strawberries intended for export are picked before they’re properly ripe, means that their flavour is further impaired; strawberries don’t ripen after being picked.

To enjoy strawberries at their fragrant, juicy and flavourful best it’s worth holding out for the season – if you want to eat them super-ripe, pick-your-own is best.

Fruits On Your Kitchen Table

Fruits On Your Kitchen Table

One of the best things about eating in a healthy manner is to enjoy a really ripe piece of fruit, such as a delicious peach. When you bite into a very tasty, ripe peach, you can be overwhelmed by the soft flesh, the aroma, the sweet juices and the flavor. However, anyone who buys a lot of fruit and loves to eat it has occasionally made a mistake and bought a piece of fruit that was not ripe enough. It can be really annoying to come home with some fruit, only to discover that it is either not ripe or overripe. If you learn how to pick fruit, you can enjoy riper, delicious fruit in your diet.

Most people do not have an orchard or a garden full of ripe fruit to be picked. Most of us buy it at the grocery store, and it was picked and shipped usually before it was ripe. This makes it even more important for us to understand how fruit ripens, and learn how to know when a piece of fruit is ripe in the store, and which one will get ripe soon after you bring it home.

Broad beans

Broad beans

Fresh broad beans are sweet and delicious pod beans with a smooth creamy texture. They only have a short natural season during the summer, so are often dried, canned or frozen to preserve them. Fresh beans are more popular than the dried variety, which tend to be quite floury. Young thin beans are eaten pods and all, but larger, older broad beans need to have the tough pods removed. Broad beans are also called fava beans, particularly in the US.

Chives

Chives

Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) are perennial bulbs that can be grown as decorative edging in containers or borders. They prefer fertile soil does not dry out. Both flowers and leaves are used in the kitchen as a flavouring and a garnish; the flowers make an attractive edible flower decoration for salads. Chives belong to the allium group or onion family. They give a nice, zesty flavor to food. The plant is the smallest member of the family. It has long, narrow leaves attached to a slender bulb. You can use chives to flavor soups, stews, sauces and salads. Surplus leaves can be frozen for use during the winter, when the foliage dies down completely.

If you are growing chives for culinary use rather than decorations, cut the plant to the ground two or three times during the growing season to promote fresh growth.

Edible wild food in the nature

Edible wild food in the nature

Edible wild food can be found very easy, in the places in your nearest surrounding. If you go for a walk in the countryside at the right time of the day and in the right season, you may be lucky enough to come across such treasures as a hedgerow groaning under the weight of plump, juicy blackberries, wild strawberries nestling in the long grass, or tender mushrooms that have sprung up, as if by magic, overnight.