What produce is in season during March? When are raspberries ripe and ready for picking? Where can you find the freshest seafood?
You'll find the answers to these culinary questions and more at a new online searchable database of produce, seafood, herbs and flowers: www.SeasonalCornucopia.com.
The only drawback for us in Eastern Washington and Oregon is that it's all based on what's available west of the Cascades. Still, the site is an extremely useful general guide for seasonal produce and seafoods. If it's ripe and in the stores on the west side of the state, it's very likely in stores on the east side too.
The online database was started by Chef Becky Selengut who spent more than a year researching and constructing Seasonal Cornucopia. Other information came from a variety of experts in the food industry including other chefs and fishermen, produce growers and orchardists, mushroom foragers and forest ecologists.
Searching is easy. Type in arugula, for example, and you find that it's also known as rocket and is available, fresh from the garden, from mid-March to November.
You also can search for everything that's in season throughout the year by choosing your start and end dates and checking "all."
There is no charge to use the site, and Selengut welcomes comments.
You might consider sending her the same comment I did: Expand the site to include more foods from Eastern Washington.
After all, much of what we grow and produce here ends up in stores there.