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August -September - Aubergines

Aubergines

Coming from the East, they are a sponge for flavour and soak up spices as well as oil. Striped or purple, bulbous or slender, the 'eggplant' is cracking, says Clarissa Hyman

Imam bayildi is one of the most famous Middle Eastern dishes that is made with aubergines. The name means ‘the imam fainted’, supposedly because the good gentleman passed out on learning of the amount of expensive oil it contained. Lesser-known variations include imam aggro (‘the imam became rather annoyed’), imam chunder (‘the imam was very sick’) and imam kickass (‘the imam cut off the head of the cook’). Just joking, of course, but the affinity of oil for aubergine is a serious relationship, a transformative partnership that brings the best out of this beautiful, glossy, purple vegetable. In the best traditions of two nations separated by a common language, the aubergine is called an eggplant in the American-English-speaking world. Which is perhaps why we should all talk in Latin, and instead refer to this fascinating vegetable as Solanum melongena. While a member of the…

  • Scallops

    January produce

    Bib, blood orange, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celeriac, chard, chicory, clams, clementines, cockles, cod, dab, dates, Dover sole, endive, goose, grouse, guinea fowl, gurnard, haddock, hare, Jerusalem artichokes, John Dory, kale, langoustine,…

  • Swede

    February produce

    Beetroot, blood oranges, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chicory, clams, cockles, cod, crab, forced rhubarb, guinea fowl, haddock, hake, halibut, hare, Jerusalem artichokes, John Dory, kale, leeks, lemons, lemon sole, mackerel, mussels,…

  • Purple sprouting broccoli

    March produce

    Beetroot, blood oranges, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chicory, clams, cockles, cod, crab, forced rhubarb, guinea fowl, haddock, hake, halibut, hare, Jerusalem artichokes, John Dory, kale, leeks, lemons, lemon sole, mackerel, mussels,…

  • Watercress

    April produce

    Asparagus, cabbage, carrots, chervil, cockles, Cornish mullet, crab, crayfish (freshwater, non-native), deer (male roebuck, muntjac and fallow), Jersey Royals, kale, lemon sole, pike, plaice, pollack, purple sprouting broccoli, radishes, St George’s…

  • Spinach

    May produce

    Artichokes (globe), asparagus, broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, crab, crayfish (freshwater, non-native), cuttlefish, duck, eel, fennel, leeks, lettuce, morels, new potatoes (Jersey Royals, Cornish), pea shoots, perch, pollack, pollan, rabbit,…

  • Honey

    June produce

    Apricots, artichokes (globe), asparagus, black bream, brill, broad beans, brown shrimp, carrots, cauliflowers, cucumbers, crab, elderflowers, fennel, gooseberries, grey mullet, lamb, lettuce, mackerel, mangetout, peas, plaice, pollack, quail, radishes,…

  • Raspberries

    July produce

    Anchovies, apricots, artichokes (globe), aubergines, beetroot, black bream, blackcurrants, blueberries, broad beans, brown trout, carrots, cauliflower, chanterelles, cherries, courgettes, crab, cucumbers, cuttlefish, dwarf beans, elderflowers, fennel,…

  • Tomatoes

    August produce

    Artichokes (globe), aubergines, beetroot, black bream, borlotti beans, broad beans, brown shrimps, brown trout, carrots, cauliflower, chard, chillies, courgettes, crab, cucumbers, fennel, French beans, garlic, John Dory, kohlrabi, langoustines, lettuce,…

  • Figs

    September produce

    Artichokes (globe), aubergines, beetroot, black bream, borlotti beans, broad beans, brown shrimps, brown trout, carrots, cauliflower, chard, chillies, courgettes, crab, cucumbers, fennel, French beans, garlic, John Dory, kohlrabi, langoustines, lettuce,…

  • Plums

    October produce

    Apples, blackberries, damsons, duck, eel, figs, grapes, grouse, hazelnuts, pears, plums, beetroot, broccoli, celeriac, celery, chard, fennel, grey mullet, hare, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, marrow, kohlrabi, loganberries, mussels, oysters, potatoes, pumpkin,…

  • Potatoes

    November produce

    Apples, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, chard, chestnuts, chicory, cod, crab, endive, fennel, grouse, guinea fowl, haddock, halibut, hare, hazelnuts, herring, Jerusalem artichokes, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lemon sole,…

  • Clementines

    December produce

    Brill, brown crab, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celeriac, chard, chestnuts, chicory, clams, clementines, cockles, cod, cranberries, dates, Dover sole, endive, goose, grouse, guinea fowl, gurnard, haddock, hare, Jerusalem artichokes, John Dory,…

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