Tastes of the Season
Posted: Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Buying produce in season means you're getting your fruit and veggie picks at the peak of their performance. This is the time of year when pears are juiciest, avocados are most creamy and rich, and when parsnips are most buttery and sweet. It's these three seasonal selections we're most excited about this month, so we’re featuring delicious ways to incorporate them into your diet.
AVOCADOS – The flesh of the avocado is typically eaten raw and is rich and creamy. The fruit is high in healthy monounsaturated fat and is ripe when it yields to gentle squeezing in the palm of your hand.
PEARS – Pears are available in more than 5,000 varieties, including Bartlett, Bosc, Anjou and Asian. The fruit, especially the skin, is a good source of fiber and vitamin C. Unlike most fruit, it continues to ripen after it is picked. When the flesh around the stem yields to gentle pressure, the fruit is ready to eat.
PARSNIPS – Parsnips look like pale, whitish carrots and taste vaguely of butterscotch, cardamom and honey with a slight spiciness to them. Like carrots, they may be eaten raw, but they're most commonly used in soups, stews and roasts.
Goat Cheese Quesadillas
French Toast with Roasted Pears and Apples
Pears with Mascarpone and Prosciutto
Poached Pears with Caramel, Mascarpone, Candied Pecans and Balsamic
Shredded Sweet Potato and Parsnip Pancakes