It sounds a bit strange to say what’s in season in Florence since produce that comes into Florence comes from farms and gardens around Tuscany. I suspect that one market in Florence may differ from a market in the Maremma in southern Tuscany. And since I am here, for simplicity’s sake- we will stick to Florence.
Why is it useful to know what is in season in Florence? Well, if you are traveling in Florence this may help your dining decisions. I’m a huge fan of “when in Rome” and eating what is traditionally around.
Also- just a few notes.
You may be seeing apricots, nectarines, peaches and strawberries in the market. Don’t be fooled! With the exception of strawberries, all these fruits are being imported from nearby countries like Spain and Morocco. Why is this a big deal? You should make your own choice, really. It is just my philosophy to eat what is nearby and what is in season. Mainly, it just tastes better. The closer the food is picked, the fresher and mindblowing the flavor.
Check out my picks with notes below each image from a recent hunt for seasonal foods in Florence:
(taken at the Sant’Ambrogio Food Market- contact me for a food lover’s tour!)
I’m sure I am missing a few other vegetables such as peppers, sweet long peppers, fennel, etc. Have anything to add? Leave a comment and I’ll investigate!
Looking for a couple restaurants who are serving up what is in season?
For gorgeous fried zucchini flowers, I recently enjoyed some along with the Florentine steak at Alla Vecchia Bettola in Piazza Tasso. http://www.afar.com/places/alla-vecchia-bettola-firenze
For those lovely asparagus from the Maremma, check out Ristorante Del Fagioli on Corso Tintori near the Santa Croce Area.
In your seasonal hunt,
The Curious Appetite
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