>> Wednesday, 28 October 2015
With advancements made in growing and planting food, in many countries, certain fruits and vegetables can be found all year round. While it is a plus for some, it seems to fly in the face of seasonal food. What do you think?
Here in the Caribbean, even though we have a year-round tropical environment in which certain produce thrive, they are not necessarily available all the time. At various times of the year it gets too humid, too wet or too dry. Butterflies, and other insects that are prevalent at varying times throughout the year affect the planting and harvesting of certain foods. The soil itself needs time to recover from each planting as well as the plants and trees from harvesting. It is the same with seafood, at different times of the year you get only certain types of fish. In very many ways, we continue to eat seasonally.
Avocados/pears/zaboka are currently in season. Open-air markets, supermarkets, and small roadside stalls are all stocked with the pear-shaped to round, green to purple fruit in varying sizes. We like to eat it simply - halved with a sprinkling of salt or just as is. Another way is to serve it sliced along with breakfast or lunch. I especially like it on toast - mashed or sliced.
Made in the style of a bruschetta, I toasted artisan-style homemade bread then rubbed the crust with cut garlic, layered the sliced avocado and dressed it with the limey-brine of Lime Pepper Sauce, along with freshly ground black pepper. The softened pepper from the pepper sauce was mashed lightly with the back of a spoon and carelessly smudged over the avocado.
On another occasion, I mashed the avocado and added thinly sliced green onions/scallions along with some of the Lime Pepper Sauce and generously smeared it over toast.
How do you like to eat your avocados/pears/zaboka?