Fethiye’s Changing Seasons – Late Summer / Early Autumn Fruits

We watched an episode of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (British TV chef / smallholder / campaigner) a few nights ago. The name of the series has completely disappeared from my memory but it’s something to do with the seasons and the season we’re watching is Autumn. He was all excited, talking about his own harvest and the abundance of fruits and vegetables in the gardens and local woodlands. After watching it, I wondered what seasonal fruit or vegetables would be on Fethiye and Çalış markets so I was quite curious on Tuesday as we walked up towards Fethiye market. The last time we mentioned seasonal fruit, it was peach season.

We’re usually pretty good at knowing which fruits appear at which time of year but we always seem to forget about the Autumn fruits – maybe because we don’t like them as much so we don’t take as much notice. Tuesday’s Fethiye market visit was both of us making an effort to take notice, in between getting all our essentials.

3 colours – which to choose?

Grapes (üzüm) have been on the local markets for a while but they’re in the height of season now and this stall was selling nothing else – just the three grape varieties. As is usual for us, we fell under the Fethiye seasonal fruit buying spell and bought a bunch of each colour. Well, they just look so lovely don’t they? Need to think of some grape recipes – quick.

Pears on Fethiye Market

Nostalgic Fethiye pears

Pears (armut) are also in abundance now – and will be moreso over the next couple of months. We bought a kilo of these because it’s still very early in the season for them (they’re usually more autumnal) and they’re exactly how we like them. Nothing worse than a soft mushy pear. These are more like a very firm apple.

I’m not actually a huge fan of pears but when we came out here for 6 months, 7 years ago, we were renting a friend’s mum’s house in Günlükbaşı and she had a beautiful garden area with citrus trees and pear trees. It was late October and the pear tree was so weighted down with fruit that it hung over onto our balcony. She told us to take what we wanted from it, whenever we wanted. The pears were really fresh and crunchy (although we did store some in the fridge next to an onion. Tip – don’t do this! Your pear will turn into an onion flavoured fruit!) and we were eating them every day. We buy some every season now just because it reminds us of the beginning of how we ended up here. A bit of healthy nostalgia.

Breakfast for the next few days? Grapes, chopped pear and natural yoghurt. It was great this morning. Hope the novelty doesn’t wear off!

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