Global markets have made some strictly seasonal foods available year-round. But are berries really at their prime in the winter? Are pumpkins and apples at their best outside of the autumn months? See whether your knowledge of these foods is on target.
Let's say you want to make a rhubarb pie. You know you'll need to buy a few stalks for the recipe, but which month kicks off this crop's peak for harvest outdoors?
Rhubarb is one of the few vegetables that's ready to go in the spring. In the Northern Hemisphere, this tart and tangy crop is typically harvested between April and June.
Neither -- toxicity in shellfish depends largely on what the shellfish eat and are exposed to.
A longtime myth warns shellfish lovers to give up their favorite foods during months without the letter "r" in their names, but there's little evidence to support that wild shellfish are more toxic during these times. Algal blooms and pollution are more likely to blame, regardless of the time of year. Don't fret just yet -- the majority of shellfish served at restaurants are produced commercially in controlled environments.
What is a popular method used to preserve seasonal foods?
both, plus many more
Your seasonal favorites can last throughout the year if they're preserved properly. Freezing, canning, curing, drying, fermenting and pickling will do the job, but because bacteria can infect foods that arenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t properly preserved, follow food-safety instructions to the letter.
Ripe fruits and vegetables are at their best when in season. But which fruit shouldn't be eaten at all before it's ripe?
Eating Ackee fruit before it's ripe or eating its ripe seeds or rind can cause serious illness and even death. The plant, which is common in West Africa and parts of the Caribbean, is not a fruit that's safe to try out of season.
Where's the best place to store ripe tomatoes once you've washed and dried them?
in a bowl or basket on the kitchen counter
Although it's customary in the U.S. to stash tomatoes in the fridge, storing your ripe tomatoes in cold temperatures can kill the flavor. Unless you need to keep them for several days, let your tomatoes brighten up your kitchen countertop.