The air is cooler and the warm fall colors are here, its harvest season. The meaning of harvest is the gathering of a crop. Sitting in the center of my kitchen island is a big decorative bowl that I use to fill with my daily harvest. Acorn, butternut, pumpkin, kacocha, and spaghetti squashes; Pineapples, bananas, lemons and oranges is what I have in my harvest bowl today.
You may have a similar type of bowl or basket in your kitchen. If you don't I recommend that you start one of your own. There are many different types of bowls or baskets that you can find to fit your needs and style of your kitchen. There are metal, wire, woven or wooden materials as well as two or three tiered standing baskets that you may prefer.
What I enjoy most about having a harvest bowl is to present what is growing in our garden and what foods are in season. It's a reminder of what I have available to prepare meals with daily. A harvest bowl is decorative and colorful, a place to store your fruits that need ripening, and serves as good storage. When the harvest bowl starts to look bare I know it's time to visit the garden or take a trip to the market!
Growing a harvest of my own has taught me to appreciate the fruits and vegetables that we have available throughout the year. Many times we take for granted all of the food we have available to us at all times. In some countries around the world people cook with what's available to them that given day. I've learned to cook with what I have available and prepare them in many different and creative ways. If you don't grow your own fruits and vegetables at home (I absolutely still make frequent stops to the market for various items) test you're cooking skills and experiment with new seasonal fruits and veggies. The taste is best when in season and the prices are usually cheaper. There is always something in our harvest bowl. What's in yours?
What can you put in your Harvest Bowl?
Apples, Apricots, Coconuts, Papayas, Peaches, Pears, Persimmons, Pineapples, Plums, Mangos, & Melons (Only store at room temperature until ripened, then immediately move to refrigerator to avoid spoiling)
Citrus (Lemons, Limes, Oranges, Grapefruits etc...)
Hard Skinned Squashes
View the newest recipes that I added from my harvest this week...
Lemongrass Braised Chicken with Yellow Basmati Rice
Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze
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