What is a winter vegetable?

It’s not asparagus unless it’s canned, and somehow I doubt that President Obama (yes, I said President Obama!!) and the other dignitaries at the Inaugural Luncheon are dining on limp-as-wet-newspaper canned asparagus.

The menu and recipes for the inaugural luncheon are apparently the most viewed item on the Inaugural website. The good news: this is further proof that Americans are becoming more and more interested in food and our food culture. The bad news: they’re being told that asparagus is a winter vegetable, when it is, in fact, a spring vegetable.

Asparagus is available year-round in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean it’s in season; it just means that asparagus served in DC in January probably has an enormous carbon footprint.

There’s still a lot of work still to be done if we’re going to become more local, seasonal eaters.

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2 responses to “What is a winter vegetable?

  1. Did you ever check out Sarah’s restaurant in Adelaide?

  2. Another link for you (don’t have your email addy at work sorry):
    http://expatwomen.blogspot.com/2009/02/american-repatriates-can-you-help.html

    It’s a research/writing assignment you may be interested in.

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