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What’s in Season: November Produce Information


Written by Diann Leo-Omine & Lisa Lin, Photographs by Lisa Lin.

November Produce Guide

I don’t learn about you, mates, however even shifting again an hour with the time change will increase the necessity for fast and straightforward recipes. Luckily, the change in climate can imply throwing virtually something on a sheet pan at 350ºF to 425ºF and roasting for a half hour. Plus, it’s getting chilly sufficient for when turning on that oven will warmth up the home anyway.

Chilly home apart, this time of 12 months is plentiful for gatherings and gratitude. Seize a platter of Brussels sprouts and potatoes and invite the family and friends over.

Kung Pao Brussel Sprouts

BRUSSELS SPROUTS

How do you’re feeling about Brussels sprouts? Brussels sprouts are members of the Brassica household, associated to cabbage and kale and different hearty greens. They’re excessive in nutritional vitamins C and Ok and lots of different minerals. I’ve discovered that roasting them till they’re crispy and tossing them with a flavorful sauce – particularly with Chinese language restaurant-style Normal Tso’s or kung pao flavors – will shortly convert any Brussels sprouts naysayers. Simply watch out to not overcook them – that’s after they decide up that sulfurous, gassy bitter taste that many hate. 

HOW TO CHOOSE AND STORE BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Select Brussels sprouts which are on the smaller aspect and inexperienced and compact. Skip buds that present any yellowing or holes, because the discoloration can point out extra bitterness and the holes can imply pests. If fortunate sufficient to seek out sprouts on the stalk, Brussels sprouts might be saved within the fridge for as much as two weeks, or one week if unfastened buds.

RECIPES USING BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Butternut Squash

BUTTERNUT SQUASH

This bulb-shaped winter squash has a thick tan pores and skin and a golden orange flesh beneath. The broader base of the bulb incorporates seeds, which might be roasted like pumpkin seeds. The flesh itself takes on an unbelievable sweetness as soon as roasted. I dare you to not snack on the items after roasting, particularly figuring out this squash incorporates nutritional vitamins A, B, and C!

How do you deal with chopping a butternut squash? This squash can look intimidating than it truly is. Try my guides on minimize butternut squash and make butternut squash puree for soups and baked items.

HOW TO CHOOSE AND STORE BUTTERNUT SQUASH

Select butternut squash with a easy exterior and even coloring. Butternut squash might be saved at room temperature in a cool, dry place for a month. Nonetheless, for those who maintain the squash for too lengthy, the middle of the neck will dry up. Which means you’ll be able to embrace it as a part of your fall decor and nonetheless have it for soup a month later!

RECIPES USING BUTTERNUT SQUASH

Napa Cabbage

CABBAGE

Like Brussels sprouts, crunchy cabbage is one other hearty Brassica. As a result of they’re associated, cabbage may have a foul rap as being smelly or bitter (although doubtless not as a lot as Brussels sprouts). Once more, one method to keep away from that sulfurous odor is to not overcook it.

Cabbage is stuffed with fiber and nutritional vitamins C and Ok. Inexperienced cabbage, which resembles a pale inexperienced bowling ball, is a crunchy filling for potstickers and spring rolls as the feel gives physique with out including an excessive amount of moisture. Longer stalked Napa cabbage is nicely beloved in kimchi.

HOW TO CHOOSE AND STORE CABBAGE

Select tight heads of cabbage. Don’t fear an excessive amount of about unfastened outer leaves as these will probably be eliminated anyhow. Retailer entire cabbage within the fridge for as much as a month, and minimize cabbage wrapped in plastic within the fridge for 2 weeks. Resist the urge to clean the cabbage earlier than storing, as this can make the cabbage go dangerous faster.

RECIPES USING CABBAGE

Sliced Kiwi

KIWI

Do you know that it’s doable to eat the whiskered pores and skin of a kiwi? Most of us don’t, however the pores and skin is in actual fact edible. Minimize open a kiwi and also you’ll discover emerald inexperienced flesh and crunchy, edible black seeds. These fuzzy brown fruits are an excellent supply of nutritional vitamins C and Ok. Just a bit tart, kiwi provides a burst of colour and visible enchantment to your vacation cheeseboard.

HOW TO CHOOSE AND STORE KIWI

Select kiwi with a uniform exterior and no overly comfortable spots. You’ll be able to ripen kiwi by inserting it in a paper bag at room temperature for a number of days. You’ll be able to retailer ripe kiwi within the fridge for as much as a month.

RECIPES USING KIWI

Pears in a bowl

PEARS

Standard pears are loved after they’re comfortable, versus the Asian pears talked about within the October produce information. Relying on the variability, pears run a variety of colours, from reddish brown, to fall gold, earthy brown, to gentle inexperienced. Pears are wealthy in vitamin C and potassium. A lot of that vitamin is concentrated in its pores and skin, although, so don’t solid off that grainy, gritty, peel.

HOW TO CHOOSE AND STORE PEARS

Select pears which are with easy exteriors, with slightly little bit of softness. Pears are sometimes harvested after they’re underripe, as they will go dangerous shortly, however they shouldn’t be rock exhausting. To ripen, let sit at room temperature for 2-3 days. A ripe pear will probably be slightly aromatic and comfortable however not mushy. Retailer within the fridge for as much as every week, however keep away from preserving them in an air tight plastic bag.

RECIPES USING PEARS

Open pomegranate

POMEGRANATE

Pomegranates are pumped with antioxidants and nutritional vitamins C and Ok. The tough reddish-brown pores and skin hides the inedible bitter pulp and clusters of tart ruby pink arils, that are in any other case the seeds of the pomegranate.

To take away the arils, some individuals choose whacking the pomegranate with a spoon within the sink or a big bowl. I discover this technique to be too messy, so I choose taking them aside in a bowl of water. For extra detailed steerage on dealing with pomegranates, try my posts on make pomegranate juice (video) and make pomegranate molasses (pictures).

HOW TO CHOOSE AND STORE POMEGRANATE

Standard knowledge has it that the very best pomegranates are those which have unblemished pores and skin and are vivid pink on the surface. In my expertise, that has not been the case. The very best pomegranates, with deep ruby arils, are those which are barely cracked and have some golden brown patches on the outside. Usually, these are typically ones that I purchase from the farmers market and never from the grocery retailer. Due to the cracked pores and skin, it’s best to eat the pomegranates (or take away the arils out of the fruit) inside 4 to five days. You’ll be able to retailer the pomegranate arils within the freezer for months.

RECIPES USING POMEGRANATE

Potatoes in a bowl

POTATOES

Pureed, baked, or mashed, there are such a lot of methods to get pleasure from potatoes. Despite their carby repute, potatoes include fiber, protein, iron and lots of nutritional vitamins and minerals. 

From creamy Yukon golds to versatile Russets, there’s a rainbow of potatoes so far as colour and utility. Undecided which potato to cook dinner with? Severe Eats has a information that can assist you resolve. 

HOW TO CHOOSE AND STORE POTATOES

Select potatoes which are heavy for his or her measurement. Skip potatoes which are comfortable, sprouting, or have an off-green coloring to them. Mama Lin even suggests storing the potatoes with an apple to forestall the sprouts from rising. If saved in a cool, dry, darkish place, potatoes might be saved for a month or extra.

RECIPES USING POTATOES

Pumpkin Millet Porridge

PUMPKIN

Do you know that canned pumpkin typically comes from the butternut squash-like Dickinson pumpkin and never the orange pumpkins we usually use for Jack-o-lanterns? In case you’re trying to cook dinner or bake with pumpkin, you’ll be able to usually depend on smaller varieties, that are barely smaller than basketballs and infrequently labeled as pie pumpkins. In case you’re confused, Merely Recipes tackles the numerous sorts of winter squash. (Be aware that for those who see pumpkin in relation to Chinese language meals, it’s typically the seaweed inexperienced coloured kabocha squash, which I cowl in December!)

HOW TO CHOOSE AND STORE PUMPKIN

Select pumpkin that’s heavy for its measurement and with none black or mushy spots. Retailer pumpkin in a cool, dry place for a month or extra.

RECIPES USING PUMPKIN

Section of winter melon

WINTER MELON

Winter melon (冬瓜), typically often known as ash or wax gourd, is a impartial tasting, white fleshed melon associated to the cucumber. They arrive in many sorts. Some are giant and round in form; some are rectangular. The outside of winter melon additionally differs relying on the variability: some are coated in a pure white powder, some are inexperienced with none powder, and there are some varieties which have a fuzz and barely prickly pores and skin.

As a result of it takes on different flavors nicely, it’s steadily utilized in soups, stir fries, and curries. In a Chinese language banquet setting, the entire melon may even function a soup tureen!

When sweetened, winter melon generally is a filling for a lot of Chinese language sweets, like moon cake or spouse cake 老婆餅/老婆饼. Good for cooling off in the summertime, winter melon may even be concentrated right into a syrup for a non-caffeinated milk tea!

HOW TO CHOOSE AND STORE WINTER MELON

Winter melon is usually offered sliced and wrapped in plastic within the refrigerated part at Asian supermarkets. That’s as a result of the winter melons that make it to the grocery shops are so giant that prospects would hardly ever purchase them entire. Retailer the minimize wrapped melon within the fridge and use inside a number of days. 

Relying on the place you reside, you might be able to rating smaller winter melons on the farmers market which are offered entire. You’ll be able to retailer entire melons at room temperature for months!

RECIPES USING WINTER MELON

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