Freshness
18.10.2018

Find out what’s fresh and when with Vapiano’s Seasonal Vegetable Calendar

In our seasonal vegetable calendar, we tell you which locally grown veggies you can enjoy fresh in Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.

Nowadays, most vegetables are available at every supermarket at pretty much any time of the year. IT’s really convenient but we often forget that importing our veggies from abroad is not only harmful for the environment, but also means that many veggies lose a lot of their vitamins in the process. So it’s both healthier and more environmentally friendly to use locally grown and seasonally available veggies instead. Today, we’ll show you which veggies you can buy fresh and when, in our seasonal vegetable calendar.



Spring



Between the months of March and May, you will already be able to find some home-grown vegetables at your weekly market or at greengrocer's. Since it’s normally quite cold still in March and occasionally we even have some snow, only the most hardiest plants survive in the fields. These include leeks and a few types of salad leaves. From April, you should be able to find spinach, cauliflower and radishes. And best of all, the asparagus season begins at the end of April. May brings carrots, broccoli and cauliflower, but also peas which are all available fresh from the fields. May also marks the beginning of the salad season, which means that you can enjoy fresh radicchio, endives and other types of salads. 



 

• March: Leeks, lamb's lettuce, arugula, lettuce


 

• April: Leeks, asparagus, spinach, spring onions, cauliflower, cucumbers, radishes, lamb’s lettuce, arugula, lettuce


 

• May: Cauliflower, broccoli, peas, kohlrabi, leek, radishes, radish, asparagus, spinach, (spring) onions, iceberg lettuce, endives, lamb's lettuce, lettuce, radicchio, romaine lettuce, arugula, Chinese cabbage, fennel, cucumbers, carrots, celery, turnips, hispi cabbage, tomatoes, cabbage

 

You can find some fancy asaparagus recipes here.

Summer



The summer months are great because it is in these months that lots of vegetables and fruits ripen up. First there are the potatoes and cucumbers. Then, when it gets really warm, sun-drenched vegetables like beans, tomatoes and peppers become available and German-grown fennel, carrots and courgettes from can be found in the supermarket. Late summer, marks the beginning of root vegetable season. Are you planning a barbecue? Then put some fresh sweetcorn on the grill!


 

• June: Cauliflower, beans, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, peas, fennel, cucumbers, potatoes, kohlrabi, leek, radishes, beetroot, celery, asparagus, spinach, cabbage, spring onions, iceberg lettuce, endives, lamb’s lettuce, radicchio, romaine lettuce, arugula, red cabbage, tomatoes, cabbage, savoy cabbage, courgettes, onions

 


• July: Cauliflower, beans, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, peas, fennel, cucumbers, potatoes, kohlrabi, carrots, leek, radish, radish, beetroot, red cabbage, celery, turnips, spinach, cabbage, cabbage, savoy cabbage, courgettes, (spring) onions, iceberg lettuce, endives, lamb’s lettuce, radicchio, romaine lettuce, rocket, cucumbers, tomatoes


 

• August: Cauliflower, beans, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, peas, fennel, cucumbers, potatoes, kohlrabi, carrots, parsnips, leeks, radishes, beetroot, red cabbage, tubers & celery, turnips, spinach, hispi cabbage, swedes, Savoy cabbage, zucchini, sweetcorn, spring onions, iceberg lettuce, endives, lamb’s lettuce, lettuce, radicchio, romaine lettuce, rocket, cucumbers, tomatoes




 

Make these refreshingly cool summer dishes on hot days.

Autumn



The high season for locally grown vegetables is autumn. The summer has ripened the fruits and now you can enjoy them at their best. In September, you should definitely make the most of the pumpkins, especially the Hokkaido pumpkin, which is very easy to prepare and has been very popular at Vapiano for several years. Also red cabbage and salsify, which are an integral part of the autumn kitchen, are also available fresh at the market. Look forward to the humid October days, because they provide lots of delicious mushrooms which grow in the woods, so grab your wellies, a knife and a bowl and take a foraging trip to the forest. Cold November days make you hungry for stew and you can get all of the right vegetables at the weekly market from savoy cabbages to swedes to parsnips.
 


 

• September: Cauliflower, beans, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, peas, fennel, kale, cucumbers, potatoes, kohlrabi, pumpkin, carrots, parsnips, mushrooms, leeks, radishes, brussels sprouts, beetroot, red cabbage, black salsify, celery, turnips, spinach, cabbage, swedes, white cabbage, savoy cabbage, courgettes, sweetcorn, (spring) onions, iceberg lettuce, endives, lamb’s lettuce, lettuce, radicchio, romaine lettuce, rocket, cucumbers, tomatoes

 

• October: Cauliflower, beans, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, fennel, kale, potatoes, kohlrabi, pumpkin, carrots, mushrooms, parsnips, leeks, radishes, radish, Brussels sprouts, beetroot, red cabbage, black salsify, celery, turnips, spinach, hispi cabbage, white cabbage, savoy cabbage, courgettes, sweetcorn, spring onions, iceberg lettuce, endives, lamb’s lettuce, lettuce, radicchio, romaine lettuce, rocket, cucumber

 


• November: cauliflower, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, kale, potatoes, fennel, pumpkin, carrots, parsnips, leeks, radish, brussels sprouts, beetroot, black salsify, celery, turnips, spinach, hispi cabbage, swedes, white cabbage, savoy cabbage, (spring) onions, iceberg lettuce, endives, lamb's lettuce, lettuce, radicchio, romaine lettuce, rocket, kohlrabi



 

Here’s everything you need to know about foraging for edible mushrooms this autumn.

Winter



In the winter months, the stars of the show are brussels sprouts and kale. Along with these two varieties of cabbage, only lamb's lettuce and rocket are available, as these are grown in sheltered greenhouses.

• December: kale, leek, brussels sprouts, lamb's lettuce


 

• January: kale, leek, brussels sprouts, corn salad, rocket


 

• February: kale, leek, brussels sprouts, lamb's lettuce, rocket

 

Cabbage is cool! Here’s why.

With our seasonal vegetable calendar, it's easy to buy seasonal vegetables! And if you started feeling hungry while reading this, make sure you take a look at our current specials and plan your next visit to a Vapiano! Bon Appetit!

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