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Taking Advantage of Short Season Fruit

September 11, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Sacramento 0 Comments

Taking Advantage of Short Season Fruit

Life is about opportunities. Getting the chance to interview for a top-level position is a great opportunity that many people may never get. Those who are lucky enough would likely jump at the chance the second it is given. When you don't act within the small window of opportunity, you may never have the chance again. Likewise, cooking is about opportunities. While many of our favorite fruits are available all year round, certain varieties only come into season during certain times of the year. Not knowing when specific fruits are grown and harvested could have you waiting another whole year before you can get your hands on them. If you would like to spice up a regular diet with new flavors or plan for a special occasion, you must take advantage of short season fruit. If you attend culinary school in Sacramento however, you have the advantage of a much further extended growing season.

There is a huge selection of great produce that is only available during specific months of the year. Many of these plants require perfect growing conditions to bear fresh and delicious fruit. Temperature, moisture, sunlight, elevation, and soil quality are just some of the variables that determine whether a plant can grow. From sugar-sweet tropical types to winter-born berries, favorable conditions must be met before these natural foods can be obtained. If you want to take advantage of short season fruit, here is a list of some popular varieties and when they can be had. Classes at many schools of culinary arts will also focus on specific uses for each fruit. Culinary schools in Sacramento and other California locations are known for their amazing fresh fruit culinary creations.

Apricots
These aromatic, firm-fleshed, little fruits are excellent in jams and pastries. They can be harvested during the end of spring when days get very warm. Apricots are a cousin of the plum, and they have been cultivated and consumed by many civilizations since ancient times.

Cherries
Most common varieties of cherries are ready for harvest by the end of the spring season. Favorites like Bing cherries and Rainier cherries are stocked in markets during the months of May through August. Other types including sour cherries are only available for a few weeks at a time. The plump and sugary Sweet Yellow Cherries are a thirst-quenching summertime treat.

Currants
These small berries are widely used in many Middle Eastern dishes. While only available during the months of June and July, currants can be preserved year-round and enjoyed in the form of jams. They usually come in three main varieties: red, black, and white. Currants are quite sour when fresh, so they are often mixed in with sweeter fruit for a touch of tartness. Like cherries and apricots, they often find themselves in baked goods. Schools of culinary arts often incorporate many of these tasty fruits into their baking classes.

Italian Plums
These small and oval-shaped plums grow at the end of the summer season and disappear by the start of autumn. Italian plums pair well with certain cheeses and this can make for a great appetizer. Like the commonly available purple and red plums, this type is to-die-for when coated in sugar and butter then roasted over an open flame.

This article is presented by Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Sacramento. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Sacramento offers culinary arts and pâtisserie and baking training programs in Sacramento, California. To learn more about the class offerings, please visit Chefs.edu/Sacramento for more information.


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