Monday, 15 October 2018

Israel's Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables

Month-by-Month

 

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Not only a country "flowing with milk and honey" (as written in the bible)  there in an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables grown locally in Israel.  Israel exports more than $2 billion worth of fresh produce around the world - Jaffa oranges, seedless watermelons and small Israeli cucumbers are just a few that are world renowned. 

Some produce in your local shuk (market) and supermarket, is available all year round but each variety has its season when the flavors are at their peak.  As soon the peak season draws to an end, the price of the produce will begin to rise, for example - when bananas are in peak season the shuk price is around 5NIS/kg - as the season draws to an end around May/June, the price shoots up to around 12NIS/kg.  Most fresh herbs are available all year round.

January

Fruits:

Anona (cherimoya), apples,  Asian pears, avocado, bananas, cherry tomatoes, chestnuts, clementines, dates, grapefruit, Kiwi fruit, kumkwats (Chinese organges), lemons, oranges, pears, persimmons, pine-apples, pomegranates, pomelo, pomelit,  quinces, strawberries, tomatoes

Vegetables:

Beets, broccoli, butternut, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, Chinese cabbage, chicory, corn, courgettes, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, pumpkin, radish, runner beans, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes (batata), swiss chard (mangold), turnips

February

Fruits:

Anona (cherimoya), apples,  Asian pears, avocado, bananas, cherry tomatoes of all colours, chestnuts, clementines, dates, grapefruit, Kiwi fruit, kumkwats (Chinese organges), lemons, oranges, papaya, pears, persimmons, pine-apples, pomegranates, pomelo, pomelit,  quinces, strawberries, tomatoes

Vegetables:

Artichokes, beets, black raddish, broccoli, butternut, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, Chinese cabbage, chicory, coconut, corn, courgettes, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, grapes, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, pumpkin varieties, radish, runner beans, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes (batata), swiss chard (mangold), turnips

March

Fruits:

Apples, avocado, bananas, cherry tomatoes of all colours, clementines, dates, grapefruit, Kiwi fruit, kumkwats (Chinese organges), lemons, oranges, papaya, pears, persimmons, pine-apples, pomegranates, pomelo, pomelit,  quinces, strawberries, tomatoes

Vegetables:

Artichokes, beets, broccoli, butternut, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, Chinese cabbage, chicory, coconut, corn, courgettes, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, pumpkin varieties, radish, runner beans, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes (batata), swiss chard (mangold), turnips

April

Fruits:

Apples, avocados, bananas, butternut, cherry tomatoes, grapes, grapefruit, kiwi, lemons, loquats, mandarins (clementines), melons, oranges, passion fruit (granadillas), pears, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon,

Vegetables:

Artichokes, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic (peak season), kohlrabi, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, pumpkin, turnips, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes (batata), swiss chard (mangold)

May

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Apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, butternut, cherry tomatoes, cherries, grapes, grapefruit, kiwi, lemons, loquats, mandarins (clementines), melons, oranges, papaya, passion fruit (granadillas), peaches, pears, nectarines, sabras (prickly pears), strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon

Vegetables:

Artichokes, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, kohlrabi, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, pumpkin, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes (batata), swiss chard (mangold)

June

Fruits:

Apples, apricots, bananas, butternut, cherry tomatoes, cherries, grapes (green), lemons, melons, oranges, peaches, plums, nectarines, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon

Vegetables:

Artichokes, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, kohlrabi, lettuce, onions, mushrooms, potatoes, pumpkin, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes (batata), swiss chard (mangold)

July

Fruits: 

Apples,  bananas, cherry tomatoes, cherries, grapes (black & green), lemons, lychees, mangoes, melons, peaches, pears, plums, prickly pears (sabras), nectarines,  tomatoes, watermelon

Vegetables:

Artichokes, beets, broccoli, butternut, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, kohlrabi, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, pumpkin, runner beans, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes (batata), swiss chard (mangold)

August

Fruits:

Apples,  avocados, bananas, cherry tomatoes, grapes (black & green), lemons, lychees, mangoes, melons, peaches, pears, plums, prickly pears (sabras), nectarines,  tomatoes, watermelon

Vegetables:

Beets, broccoli, butternut, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, kohlrabi, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, pumpkin, runner beans, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes (batata), swiss chard (mangold)

September

Fruits:

Apples,  bananas, cherry tomatoes, dates, grapes (black & green), lemons, lychees, mangoes, melons, peaches, pears, pine-apples, plums, pomegranates, prickly pears (sabras), nectarines,  tomatoes, watermelon

Vegetables:

Beets, broccoli, butternut, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, courgettes, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, kohlrabi, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, pumpkin, runner beans, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes (batata), swiss chard (mangold)

With a huge variety of tropical fruit available between September and October, it is the best time of year to make a fruit salad.

October

Fruits:

Anona (cherimoya), apples,  Asian pears, avocado, bananas, cherry tomatoes, clementines, dates, guavas, grapefruit, grapes, Kiwi fruit, kremobolas (star fruit), lemons,  limes, mangoes, melons, oranges, papaya, peaches, persimmons, pine-apples, pears, plums, pomegranates, pomelo, prickly pears (sabras), nectarines,  quinces, tomatoes, watermelon

Vegetables:

Beets, broccoli, butternut, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, corn, courgettes, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, pumpkin, runner beans, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes (batata), swiss chard (mangold)

November

Fruits:

Anona (cherimoya), apples,  Asian pears, avocado, bananas, cherry tomatoes, clementines, dates, guavas, grapefruit, grapes, Kiwi fruit, lemons, limes, mangoes, melons, oranges, papaya, peaches, pears, persimmons, pine-apples, pomegranates, pomelo, prickly pears (sabras), nectarines,  quinces, strawberries, tomatoes

Vegetables:

Beets, broccoli, butternut, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, Chines cabbage, chicory, corn, courgettes, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, pumpkin, radish, runner beans, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes (batata), swiss chard (mangold)

December

Fruits:

Anona (cherimoya), apples,  Asian pears, avocado, bananas, cherry tomatoes, chestnuts, clementines, coconuts, dates, guavas, grapefruit, Kiwi fruit, kumkwats (Chinese organges), lemons, oranges, pears, persimmons, pine-apples, pomegranates, pomelo, pomelit, prickly pears (sabras), nectarines,  quinces, strawberries, tomatoes

Vegetables:

Beets, broccoli, butternut, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, Chinese cabbage, chicory, corn, courgettes, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, pumpkin, radish, runner beans, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes (batata), swiss chard (mangold), turnips

 

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