Why are we constantly comparing the foods we have eaten in Italy, France and other countries to that which we can get here in the United States? I continually hear their foods are so much better…they use similar techniques; prepare familiar dishes. So what can be the difference? Sure, the quality of the soil that the food is raised on will clearly affect its taste and the fact we tend to be on vacation eating these delectable delights will definitely shade our experience. However, I am of the belief there is a more simple answer: they tend to grow and service smaller regions with their foods. There is never with the thought that 100 plus million people must be served off this particular parcel of land. Therefore, the food can stay longer on the vine growing more flavorful and nutritious with everyday. There is also a built in cultural acceptance of seasonality – one waits and enjoys a period of food, and its harvest-time, and then moves on to the next crop coming through. The acceptance of a peach in February is just not acceptable – unless one finds them self in Buenos Aires.
I am not suggesting that you never eat a banana, lemon or mango again…
Rather I say, eat locally…augment internationally, and find the thrill of the flavors in your own region.
Summer’s Bounty......................... Who cannot be seduced by the plethora of vegetables, fruits and herbs available during this season? It is particularly special time of year for the majority of us who live in regions of the country that suffer through the chilling sleep of winter. The lucky denizens of the southern portion of the United States will find that some of these offerings are available to them year round.
Patty Pan Squash
Sugar Snap Peas
Texas Tarragon(Mexican Mint)