This is an excellent post. I tend to eat ‘in season’. I eat salad in summer and root vegetables in winter more; but this is a different way of looking at it.
Eating in season is probably rule number one when it comes to traditional French savoir-vivre. Over here in France this way of eating is not only logical but practical. Unlike in North America where just about any fruit or vegetable is available twelve months of the year thanks to refrigerated transport trucks and Hydroponics, in the outdoor markets of France and even in the grocery stores, you cannot find strawberries in December or clementines in June. Fresh produce is bought and sold according to the natural cycle of Winter, Spring, Fall and Summer.
It’s true that in some French stores nowadays you can find certain varieties of apples all year around. But if you pay attention to who buys them, in Paris anyway, it’ll be the tourists, the new comers, the visitors, perhaps ever now and then the young who are cooking for themselves for the first time. As a…
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