We’ve been provisioning the boat for our eight to ten day passage from the Caribbean to Florida. Most of the shopping was done in St. Martin on the French side. After having lived in Europe, especially Germany for many years, I found myself craving asparagus. Why you ask. Because May is asparagus season in Europe. Unfortunately, it’s still a little too soon.
In Europe, people tend to eat much more seasonally than they do in North America. Which is how folks during the Regency ate. Until late April and May, people were still eating many fruits and vegetables that had been stored from the previous season. Exceptions were lettuces grown in cold frames. The list includes Asparagus, Cauliflowers, Lettuce, Mint, New potatoes, Radishes, Rocket, Sorrel, Watercress, Artichokes, Aubergines, Broccoli, Fennel, and New Potatoes. Typical meats and fish were Lamb, Wood Pigeon, New Potatoes, Elderflowers, Samphire, Duck, Cod, Crab, Herring, Sea Bass, Lemon Sole, Salmon, Sea Trout, Mackerel, Plaice, and Sardines.
You’ll notice that fruits such as fresh apples and pears were not available. Most people had a kitchen garden. Those who were fortunate had walled kitchen gardens which protected the plants from the cold and allowed one to grow fruit trees against the wall.
Tell me, do you try to eat seasonally? Or do you prefer to be able to buy what you want when you want?