01/10/2015

SATOKAUSIKALENTERI - A GUIDE TO SEASONAL VEGETABLE USE IN THE LAND OF THOUSAND LAKES & FOUR SEASONS


According to the K√∂ppen climate classification, Finland’s climate is subarctic: Severe winter, no dry season, cool summer. I bet that in Anchorage, Alaska, which is in the same climate category, the locally produced tomato doesn’t taste much better in January as it does here.

Environment surely doesn’t like the tomatoes produced in the heated and lighted energy guzzling greenhouses either, nor the ones flown in from sunny Spain. From the ecological point of view, consuming in-season vegetables & fruits that have been transported from a short distance would be the best thing to do. If you happen to hate the nature, you can also choose to use seasonal veggies for the sake of better taste, higher nutritional value, or money. Yep, you heard me right. They tend to be cheaper when in season.

However, up at this latitude, the growing season isn’t too long. That means we need to get creative. Like turn cucumbers into pickles and berries into jam. Gladly our ancestors already realized how well some vegetables survive throughout the long winter when stored wisely, so we can still call the many-month-old beetroot a seasonal vegetable in the middle of February.

But sometimes we need nutrition supplements. Like a piece of fruit, that just doesn’t grow in places like Finland. Or even Sweden. An exotic fruit. Like a kiwi. Did you know that kiwi fruit for us Finns is actually in season from December to April, when you find Italian and Greek kiwis in you local supermarket? Otherwise they are mainly the ones that have made their looooong journey all the way from New Zealand.

Or our new national fruit, avocado? It has it’s seasons too, believe or not. European ones are sold from November to March. See, shorter distance then from Peru!

Among many other things, the kiwi and avocado trivia I learned from the 2016 edition of Satokausikalenteri, a guide to seasonal vegetable use. A guide that I think every food eating Finn should read through.

Order yours at www.satokausikalenteri.fi

The guide was received from Satokausikalenteri

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