Eat for the Earth

Posted on April 7, 2013

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sv003The weather is getting warmer and most of us, especially if you’re in Arizona like me, are preparing for the summer .  We have only a few weeks left of this beautiful ‘spring’ weather before sun begins beating down on us and we are reminded of the issue of global warming.  Earth Day, internationally recognized on April 22nd, aims to raise awareness and promote conservation and concern for our delicate planet.  Although I have never really done anything to celebrate Earth Day, I realized as I was writing this, that seasonal eating does promote conservation and it’s something I can do every day to support a healthier environment.  You can read more about Earth Day and how you can get involved at Earth Day Network. 

Summer Squash.  Unlike winter squash, summer squash can be eaten rind, seeds, and all.  The different varieties vary in size, shape, and color, but they can be used interchangeably in recipes.  Select summer squash that's small and firm.

Summer Squash. Unlike winter squash, summer squash can be eaten rind, seeds, and all. The different varieties vary in size, shape, and color, but they can be used interchangeably in recipes. Select summer squash that’s small and firm.

We are a week into April, what’s in season this month is a little past due and with the seasons changing items such as broccoli and some citrus are no longer in season.  Admittedly,  I am sad to see brussel sprouts have fallen off the list but pleased to see I can still get my hands on his big brother, cabbage, which packs a similar flavor. There are a few new options that can help keep your pallet entertained like summer squash and sweet onions.  Check back for a recipe or two this week.

April*

Arugula, Asparagus, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Celeriac/celery root, Cucumbers, Garlic, Greens, Herbs, Leeks, Lemons, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Potatoes, Radishes, Spinach, Squash (summer), Strawberries, Sweet Onions, Zucchini, Zucchini Blossoms

*Source:  http://fillyourplate.org/produce-season.html

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