Fruit, vegetables, and salads from the region are the perfect basics for your kitchen. From pumpkin to quince, the seasonal calendar tells you what to buy in November.
The last fruits that are still available fresh from local cultivation in November are apples and quinces. In addition, you will receive pears as regional storage goods. So you will have to be satisfied with a small selection. Never mind. Finally, you can use a seasonal fruit like quince for many types of preparation.
Quince trees or bushes belonging to the so-called pome fruit plants. The yellowish fruit looks a bit like a cross between apple and pear. Unlike apples and pears, however, you can not enjoy most quinces raw because their pulp and skin are extremely hard. However, when boiled in water, the quince becomes a delicacy. Classic foods with quince are jelly, jam, and quince bread.
Make delicious quince bread yourself quickly and easily. For the quince bread, you cook the quinces and then add the preserving sugar. You then boil the whole thing up again, creating a relatively thick mass. Then you let this mass cool down a little, spread it on baking paper, and let it cool down further. Then you cut the mass into cubes.
Seasonal vegetables are also rather rare in November, at least significantly less than in the previous month. Butterbeer, fennel, and mushrooms are in season in November, as are kale, leeks, leeks, parsnips, Brussels sprouts, beetroot, and red cabbage. There are also salsify, rutabaga, Jerusalem artichoke, white cabbage, and savoy cabbage.
And then there is still: the pumpkin. It is not only an inseparable part of the Halloween festival at the transition from October to November. He is also a welcome guest in many kitchens. The pumpkins originally come from South and Central America. But they have long been at home in this country too. By the way, a subspecies of the pumpkin is the zucchini, from which you can also prepare delicious dishes.
When it comes to pumpkins, a distinction is made between edible, oil, and ornamental pumpkins, whereby only the first fruits are directly suitable as an ingredient. Pumpkin seed oil, on the other hand, can be obtained from the roasted kernels of oil pumpkins, which you can use for salads, for example. The pumpkins themselves can be turned into pumpkin soup, pumpkin risotto, or a delicious pumpkin and beef stew, for example.
Noodles and potatoes also go very well with the pumpkin. Maybe try making pasta with baked pumpkin and Parma ham, a pumpkin and salmon lasagna, pumpkin puree, or fried potatoes with pumpkin. There are also sweet dishes with pumpkin: for example pumpkin pie, pumpkin mousse, pumpkin strudel, or pumpkin cupcakes.
You can also find other great recipes for everything to do with pumpkins in numerous recipe books.
When it comes to salad, October with a rich selection is also followed by November, which has significantly less to offer. Seasonal salads are chicory, purslane, endive, and lamb’s lettuce. The radicchio is also in season in November. You can use it to prepare a delicious salad, for example, which contains pears, walnuts, and parmesan in addition to the radicchio. An alternative to this is equally delicious radicchio and fennel salad.
But radicchio is not only suitable as a classic salad: Maybe you cook penne with radicchio? You then add the radicchio to ingredients such as a mixture of bacon and onions as well as roasted pine nuts, olives, parmesan, and basil. Also delicious: a radicchio risotto or fried radicchio with garlic, pepper, and salt.