If you haven’t been to the market recently, stop what your doing and go right now. This is the best time of year in Quebec for local produce. It is the end of the growing season and the market is flooded with incredible local produce.
There is still a taste of summer available like tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, zucchini, a little corn etc. All the food we love to warm us up in the fall and winter; beets, carrots, leeks, potatoes, brussels sprouts, leafy greens, cauliflower, broccoli, pumpkins,butternut squash, spaghetti squash; so much to choose from.
Buying some local Quebec garlic to hang in your kitchen is well worth it. It allows you to have delicious local garlic available into the winter months. It has so much more flavour than garlic that is imported from China or some other far away land.
Different colours of cauliflowers don’t just look amazing they also taste great. Try steaming it, using it in curries, or roasting in to bring out its sweetness. If you haven’t tried this roasted cauliflower coconut rice yet you might want to give it a try.
Now that’s a lot of cabbage. All the different types of cabbage are available.
Cabbage is great in soups among many other things. I love cooking in coconut milk with red beans and red chillies. This cabbage, potato, and white bean recipe is easy to make and is guaranteed to warm you up.
Baskets of eggplants. I am hooked on baba ganoush so seeing these baskets for such a reasonable price makes me happy.
Eggplant is also great in all types of different Italian and Indian dishes that I love.
Fresh okra is not something you see everyday. I took the opportunity to make some curry. A lot of people claim not to like okra, but I believe that this may be because the okra wasn’t fresh, or properly prepared..
Artichokes.. I have yet to master the art of preparing artichokes, but to be honest I haven’t tried that often. Some people swear by them others claim they aren’t worth the effort.
I will let you know which side of the fence I stand on once I give them a few more tries.
This is the biggest bunch of celery I have ever seen at the market. Biting into a fresh crispy piece of in season celery is a completely different experience than what we are probably used to over the winter. I have never been a huge fan of raw celery, but when it is fresh. Delicious!
If you haven’t tried romanescu because it looks scary I understand. Now go buy some and try it. It is delicious. It has a nutty-almond like flavour. I love to simply cut it into florets as you would broccoli, steam it for a few minutes and squeeze a little lemon juice over it with a drizzle of olive oil and a little salt and pepper. Of course it is delicious on its own as well.
I am not exactly sure what these are but how could I not share. So cool. They look like geese or ducks.
Now that’s a pumpkin.
Some like it hot. Check out my habanero hot sauce recipe.
Loads and loads of beets and carrots with their leaves still attached. Try this roasted beet, and beet green salad. Lookout for turnips and parsnips as well. I love parsnips. Roast them to bring out their incredible flavour.
That is just some of the amazing produce that is floating around the markets these days. Now get out there and load up, or just get out there and feel the incredible energy in the air. The Jean Talon market is buzzing, and for good reason.
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