September Seasonality Update 2017

September Seasonality Update

Welcome to Autumn! It is time for our September Seasonality Update.

Now the weather is changing with the seasons and so are our meals. Perhaps there is a new chill in the air but there are a myriad of veggies available. We are in harvest in Ireland so we have a powerhouse of choice of organic vegetables  such as tomatoes, courgette, lettuce, peppers, scallions, cucumber, corn, mushrooms, parsnip, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale, leeks, onions, spinach and swedes and turnips 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.

We are spoiled for choice with 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 begin to lose aubergines, broad beans and shallots.

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 (fingers crossed). The great news is that you can find all of the season’s best fruit and veg selection in our organic boxes which we deliver nationwide. Check out our veg boxes, fruit boxes and mixed boxes as well as our fantastic juicing boxes!

As for fruit, apples and cooking apples are at their seasonal and nutritional best in September. And indeed we still have strawberries and raspberries at their best. However by the end of the month we lose our native blueberries and blackberries.

Broccoli is not only at seasonal best right now but is also one of our all time favourite veggies here at The Organic Supermarket. And what better vegetable to brink us into the autumn season? It is just so versatile. Steam it lightly (we like our broccoli crunch) or throw some raw florets into a munchy salad.

Fun fact: We recently learned when we were down on Marc Michel’s farm that what we call broccoli is actually Calabrese and it is the purple sprouting broccoli which is which is the real broccoli.

We are all familiar with some of the health benefits of broccoli already. It is no surprise that it is packed with both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Does the demand to “eat your greens!” echo from anyone’s childhood?

The whole concept of detoxing is a very peopler topic these days. If you are into the whole detoxification craze then we are sure you will be glad to hear that broccoli has been speculated as having the ability to assist our cells’ rejuvenation process. Also packed with fibre it is no surprise that broccoli is recommended for those who are actively interested in cancer prevention, boosting digestive health and cardiovascular health.

The beautiful rich green broccoli head contains certain amounts of omega-3 fatty acids which can generally be tricky to find in veggies. Our favourite veggie of the month is also packed with vitamins suck as Vitamin K and some B-Complex vitamins.

The presence of minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium mean that broccoli has also been linked to blood pressure regulation and kidney health.

So what are your favourite broccoli related recipes? Please do share in the comments below. We hope you all enjoy the September bounty. Please share your favourite autumnal recipes with us too.

Want to know more about what comes into season each month? Check out our charts and maybe print them out and stick them up. Check them out by clicking here!

To shop our wide variety of organic produce please do pop into one of our Dublin branches or visit us online at
www.organicsupermarket.ie

 

by Hannah Loughlin

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