Sunday, 3 July 2011

What's In Season - During July

During July the following fruits and vegetables have been available in the local markets:


Apricots (kayısı)
Artichokes (enginar)
Aubergine (patlıcan)
Bell peppers (dolmalık biber)
Cabbage, white and red (lahana)
Carrots (havuç)
Celeriac (kereviz kökkerevizi)
Cherries (kiraz) these are now in full swing and are the larger darker varieties
Courgettes (kabak)
Cucumber (salatalık/hıyar)
Dill (dereotu)
Eggs (yumurta)
Garlic (sarımsak)
Green Beans (yeşil fasulye)
Green Pepppers (yeşil biber)
Honey Dew Melon (kavun)
Hot Peppers (açı biber)
Leeks (pırasa)
Lemons (limon)
Lettuce (yeşil salata ve marul) cos/romaine variety
Mint (nane)
Mushroom (mantar)
Okras (bamya)*
Onions (soğan)
Oranges (portakal)
Parsley (maydonaz)
Peaches (şeftali)
Potatos (patates)
Purslane (semizotu)*
Red peppers (kırmızıbiber)
Rocket (roka)
Spinach (ıspanak)
Spring Onions (yeşil soğan)
Sweetcorn (misir)
Sweet Peppers (tatlı biber)
Tomatoes (domates), varieties: beefsteak, plum, cherry, on the vine.
Water Melon (karpuz)
Zucchine Squash (Bir tür sakızkabağı)


Okra - This is a vegetable I have often seen on the market but had know idea what to do with it.  It is often used as a vegetable in stews of meat and vegetables.


Purslane - I don't  know about you, but I had never heard of Purslane, turns out it is a wild green grown throughout the Mediterranean and can be chopped finely and mixed with tomatoes, cucumbers, rocket, onion and feta type cheeses for a salad.

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