Citrus is also ubiquitous in California, and apparently even in late winter, the fruit is still sweet and juicy. A friend of my father recently gave him a gigantic box filled with a few dozen navel oranges. I love navel oranges, but the acidity has been wreaking havoc on my digestive system, so lately I've been holding off from eating more than half an orange in any one sitting. Again, oranges are another treat I like to eat as-is, but with so many at my fingertips, I am itching to make use of them in other ways as well. I'm thinking something involving couscous or quinoa would be good, but I don't have anything specific in the works yet.
04 March 2010
A Sweet Welcome Back
It's strawberry season again! Every February, baskets of the bright red berries begin to pop up everywhere--in grocery stores, farmers' markets, and roadside stands. Strawberries are a big deal around here, and my family loves to get them from the farm a few miles down the road. Many of the strawberries in the county are actually quite good--celebrated by an annual strawberry festival that brings floods of visitors with accompanying road traffic--but we love not only that this particulary strawberry farm is about as local as it gets (literally, just a couple miles down the road), but also that year after year, it seems to have among the sweetest berries in town. This farmstand is fairly popular among the locals; many of the customers appear to be regulars, judging by the knowing, friendly exchanges occuring between buyer and seller. The farmstand's official open date was delayed for more than a week due to uncharacteristically rainy weather mid-February--long enough to remain closed on my birthday, which was a bit of a bummer--but now that the weather has cleared for the most part, my family is able to purchase the sweet, juicy gems at will. Today, I picked up a half-flat of ripe, firm berries picked this morning. While I prefer to eat them plain, they're also fabulous dipped in chocolate, macerated with sugar, or piled into a fresh strawberry pie, which is what my mother plans to do with the bulk of today's berry purchase.