As we approach cool or cold winters, the market basket changes. The funny thing about seasons is that people in different parts of the world eat different things at the same time of year because they are in different seasons. When the aching winter lashes the Northern Hemisphere, those in the Southern Hemishpere savour or languish the blistering summer heat. This is great for tourism as people in temperate climates head towards more agreeable weather. While winter grinds some to a freezing halt, the same time of year sees spikes in tourism for countries that are tropical or experiencing summer. This is also very useful if you are buying foods imported from different regions across the world. Nature is truly a splendid diva!
While every living thing droops over here in the Middle Eastern summer, we pine when our food loving friends boast their bountiful strawberry yield. We have months to go before those show up in our markets in the new year. Yes, over here, strawberry is a winter fruit! Due to our harsh dessert summers, few crops withstand the peltering 122F/ 50C summer sun and strawberries certainly isn’t one of them. This is why seasonal food calendars vary from region to region, so one size doesn’t fit all.
Nevertheless, here is our list for the good things to look out for this season (tomatoes are only in season this time of year in the UAE) …
what’s in season in winter
Beans (especially pinto and black varieties)
Dried Summer Fruits
Grapfruit- ordinary, pink
Nuts and nut oils
Oranges- all, Madarin, blood, grapefruit, kumquats, lemons, Meyer lemons