I’ve been here more then a year, so bit by bit I am getting used to everything. Last year for example, I thought that in Argentina fruits (and vegetables) were scarce. You can always buy (one or 2 types) of apples, one type or pears, and oranges, but besides that there is not much else. We are major fruit and vegetable consumers, but it turns out that here in the stores you only find the ‘fruits of the season’. Which is -at times- not much. For quite a long time we had to do with apples, pears, mandarins, oranges, bananas, kiwi, and that’s about it. No melon, pineapple, mango, passion fruit… Quite boring if you ask me. It’s about the same with vegetables : all winter we have been eating cauliflower, tomatoes, beans and pumpkin.
After I had lived through every season here, I realized there was only one thing to do: eat as much as possible of the vegetables and fruits of the season (until you are really tired of them) and then you’re ready and happy to move on the next season.
That’s what we do now anyway: a whole year it was impossible to find asparagus, but then there they are, and for about a month we have been eating nothing but asparagus, à la Flamande, with garlic, soup etc… until my kids say “Please mom!!! Can you make something else??”.
So now a new season has started. It is definitely my favorite. It’s the season of strawberries, blueberries, plums, cherries, peaches and apricots. But also of melon and pineapple. We just can’t get enough of that. I feel as if this season can’t last long enough so every day I buy kilos and kilos of fruit. And they are absolutely delicious! We attack them as if we didn’t have any food in days, and in no time it’s time to get some more. And -compared to Belgian prices- really cheap! There we pay astronomical prices for the fruits that are brought in from all over the world; and even the local strawberries (still somewhat better then the Argentine ones, although you don’t hear me complain) are extremely expensive (about 10 times as much as here).
Please, oh please! Don’t let this season end, ever!!!
N.B. The shopkeeper told me that they only sell cherries for about 2 weeks so enjoy as long as you can!