So you thought you wanted to get into permaculture gardening, like you thought you wanted to start yoga. But the year is in full swing and neither has been attempted? Luckily you can eat green by shopping in season!
Putting Permaculture in Your Grocery List
While shopping in season might not have been how you imagined having green fingers would feel, it’s close enough. Really, no judgements! We’re just happy to see that there are some earth-loving humans out there. The question is what exactly is in season in March? We’ll take it further and throw in some recipes while we tell you.
March’s In-Season Produce
As autumn sets in, you may want to get the last fruit, veg and herbs of summer. Here are some earth-loving produce worth purchasing in the month of March…
Fruits: Soon-to-be out of season are figs, apricots, pomegranates and spanspek.
Vegetables: In abundance during December, January and February, you’ll have to pay a pretty penny for green beans, asparagus, rhubarb and aubergines from April to October.
Herbs: Lemongrass and rocket go off the in-season radar for the autumn months. Take advantage of the last of these fragrant and spicy herbs in March, before the 3-month dry spell.
The Seasonal Chef: Permaculture Recipes
Spiced Dried-Fruit Chutney: A South African staple, you can’t go wrong with chutney. And what a great way to make your summer fruits last longer than through preserving them? This recipe features last-of-the-season apricots and figs.
Grilled Aubergines with Green Beans, Feta and Pomegranate Seeds: put those end-of-season pomegranates you bought to use in this refreshing aubergine, green bean and feta salad.
Spicy Vietnamese Lemongrass Prawns with Pak Choy: You can always substitute the pak choy for seasonal rocket. We’re not sure how this recipe edit might come out, but, hey, it’s for the good of the planet.
Not big on gardening and cooking? As luck would have it Oaklands’ chef Kathy has got quite a knack. Pop in for an in-season bite from our permaculture garden and a post-nosh snooze.