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In Season: Nigeria’s 1st Seasonal Produce Calendar

by on October 6, 2016

Yayyy to progress….

Oh my word, the journey, to catalogue, standardise, document Nigerian cuisine never stops! After four years of cataloguing what’s in season and when across Nigeria, I’ve finally put together the first version of the first ever seasonal produce calendar for Nigerian fruits and vegetables. This is one of the tenets of the New Nigerian Kitchen.

Many thanks to Ramon of Observation in Progress for the numerous conversations and attempts. It is done!

What’s the fuss?

Nigerian cuisine is highly seasonal. Fruits and vegetables in season are at the peak of their nutritive value and often are much cheaper, thus more accessible for more. This calendar is a great guide to what’s in season and when.

  • It shows that some fruits and vegetables have multiple harvest seasons, like Soursop
  • That Agbalumo first appears in the dry season/ harmattan and lasts through the first wet season
  • It also highlights – not yet documented, similarities in fruit seasons across the globe, particularly and understandably in the Tropics 

What’s the aim?

Well, historically, most fruits are eaten out of hand. The aim – in the midterm – for the calendar is:

  • to be a rallying point around which Nigerians share other fruits and vegetables, including those not yet captured
  • check regional variations across Nigeria, if any
  • develop recipes and resources around each ingredient from name, to provenance and culinary possibilities

Free Download – Full Calendar

You are free to download this calendar and share widely – A Seasonal Guide to Nigerian Fruits & Vegetables.

You can use/ embed in your features – please do not modify in anyway and do not trim off the Kitchen Butterfly logo. Thank you

Next Steps?

II hope to update the calendar every month – or every quarter – I’ll have to see what works. The updated version will be based on observations and additional information and I will publish.

How you can help?

If you know any fruits and vegetables to add, dates to adjust, have ideas, think you can do a better job designing it, or anything else, please share below

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 Thank you!