IT is undeniable that the cooler mornings and threat of rain can mean only one thing, autumn has finally arrived.
Spain has a great range of seasonal fruit and vegetables on offer, and one definite advantage of the changing seasons means a whole load of new produce for the cupboards.
Pomegranates (granadas), figs (higos) and mangoes are just a few of the fruits to be looking out for.
On top of this there is likely to be an influx of plums (ciruelas) – both green and red – and the mysterious ‘caviar citrico’, a citrus fruit whose insides look bizarrely like caviar.
Autumn’s vegetables meanwhile are perfect for oven-bakes and hearty stews.
Look out for chard (acelga), aubergines (berenjenas) and their streaky-purple cousins the grated aubergine (berenjena rallada), and the old favourite, the parsnip (chirivia).
And you can’t forget the mushrooms – the hongos and setas – that really come into their own at this time of year.
The ‘angula del monte’ – translated as eel of the mountain – the ‘lengua vaca’ – cow tongue – and ‘oreja de judas’ – or ear of Judas – are all ones to look out for.