Now the weather is changing with the seasons and so are our dinner dishes. Perhaps there is a new chill in the air but the availability of a myriad vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, parsnip, kale and carrots at their seasonal best and the arrival of celeriac coming into season means we have some rich flavours to look forward to on our plates
The little-know Celeriac comes into season. It has an enchanting almost Christmas tree-like smell and distinctively rich taste, brimming with flavour. Celeriac was developed from celery and is known as turnip-rooted celery. It is knobbly with a patchy brown and white skin and has a similar but less pronounced flavour than celery. Celeriac is quite beneficial to cell metabolism due to the phospheros content. It can also play a part in the prevention of anaemia and restoration of immunity doe to the copper content. It also contains useful amounts of fibre, Vitamin C and folic acid. It can be eaten raw or cooked.
We are in harvest in Ireland so we have a powerhouse of choice of Irish Organic vegetables including beetroot, broccoli, cabbage carrots, cauliflower, kale, leeks, onions, rhubarb, spinach and swedes and turnips. Plenty of hearty dishes to be made to take us comfortably into autumn. September also sees the main crop of Irish Potatoes come into season – they have a three month run until November so enjoy them at their best now.
Alas in September we lose aubergines, broad beans and shallots and next month we lose rhubarb for a year so stock up now.
All salads and herbs remain in season this month. So we can still whip up some salads if we are blessed with an extended period of good weather.
As for fruit, apples and cooking apples are at their yearly best in September. And indeed we still have strawberries and raspberries at their best. However by the end of the month we lose blueberries and blackberries.
So why not try out a soothing celeriac soup, using some seasonal onion, garlic and potato? Or if you are still craving a zesty salad, grate some up for a fun celeriac salad!
We hope you all enjoy the September bounty. Please do share your favourite autumnal recipes with us.
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