There are many benefits to eating seasonally, most obviously fresh food is the most delicious! But seasonal eating also means your food does not travel so far to get to you and isn’t leaving as large a carbon footprint to get to your table.
For produce that’s in season exactly where you are, check out this cool site which lets you select your own state and the precise time of year!
For instance, in Maine right now the freshest produce includes apples, carrots, parsley, parsnip, and scallions. In Arizona, you’ll find fresh kumquats, figs, garlic, plums, rhubarb, and so much more. This is a good website to bookmark, as your local selections are always changing.
To make use of Spring’s wonderful bounty, try out this sweet raw recipe featuring figs and dates, very much in season in certain parts of the country now. Enjoy! (This and many more recipes Here)
Brazilian Fig Torte
4 cups Brazil Nuts
3 cups Raisins
1 cup Figs
1 cup pitted dates
2 tbs lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon rind
Pulp of 1 passionfruit
To make base: Blend base ingredients until there is a solid mass in the food processor (it should be very fine with the occasional chunk). Place on a plate and form into a cake shape.
To make frosting: Blend frosting ingredients well. If the dates are very firm and resist blending, just blend partially and let soak about 15 minutes to soften. Blend until smooth and creamy, then frost the cake. Decorate with lemon zest, nuts, fresh berries or passionfruit pulp.
Can’t get enough figs? Try out our wonderful Almond Fig Spice chocolate!