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which fruit to buy in April? – Italian Cuisine

which fruit to buy in April?

Apples, pears, the latest oranges, bianchetti lemons, more kiwis, but above all strawberries: here are the varieties and properties of the April fruit and many recipes with the protagonists of this month

Why buy the seasonal fruit it's better? Because it's better (grown in sunlight it maintains all properties), it is cheaper (compared to fruit grown in a greenhouse or that comes from distant countries), it is more sustainable (the use of resources to cultivate it is more contained).
So, with April in front of us, let's see what are the fruits of the period to put in the cart.


For a few weeks we will be able to enjoy the oranges that throughout the winter they recharged us with precious C vitamin. Italian oranges mainly come from Sicily, Calabria and Puglia. As a variety we can still find thered orange Tarot, one of the finest, excellent for the table, but also for juices since it makes about 40 percent juice; L'Valencia orange, typical of April and May, which is characterized by its thin skin and light orange color and is preserved for a long time; L'blood orange, a late orange with red flesh and medium thickness skin.


THE lemons Italians are typical of Campania, Sicily, Calabria, Puglia: those we find between April and June are called whitebait, known just like "Spring lemons". They are characterized by an elongated shape and a light yellow color. There peel it is very fragrant because it contains essential oils in quantity. So, in addition to the juice, use the peel of these lemons in dishes and cocktails, but only if it is not treated.


THE Kiwi Italians come from Emilia Romagna, Piedmont, Veneto and Lazio, while foreign ones come mainly from New Zealand. As a variety we find the Kiwi with green pulp and hairy skin, also called Hayward, which is the best known: it contains vitamin C, antioxidants, fibers. It also has the same properties yellow or gold kiwi, with yellow flesh, in fact, with a smooth skin, and with a slightly sweeter and sugary taste.

Apples and Pears

Grown in Aosta Valley, Trentino Alto Adige and Lombardy, the apples they are found practically all year round. Between variety are available in April there are Fuji, the Golden Delicious, the Red delicious, the Renetta, the Gala, the Evelina, the Pink Lady. Even the pears (grown in Italy in Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Lombardy and Tuscany) are a fruit that is always found on the basis of variety: in April we can eat le Conference, the Kaiser, the Abbot, the doyenne, the Rosada.


And finally here is the fruit symbol of spring, the real novelty of April: le strawberries! The premieres of the season come mainly from Campania, Sicily and Basilicata: rich in water, they contain vitamin C and mineral salts such as phosphorus and potassium. Naturally sweet and juicy, they also lend themselves to many recipes. Some ideas with the strawberries? Here are ours!

Recipes with sweet and savory strawberries

How to teach children to draw fruit – Italian Cuisine

Pencils, markers and sheets of paper can be a nice and instructive diversion for the little ones, in these days of forced isolation. And once the fruit is drawn, let's eat it!

On long days without the possibility of going out, entertaining i children it is indeed an arduous task. After the board games, the mask theater, the biscuits prepared together, the game play, what can be done to commit the time that never seems to pass? A nice idea that will take you a few hours could be that of teach your children to draw. What, you say? Fruit, for example, a way to make it look more familiar!

Drawing helps emotional development

Drawing is not only a playful activity, but a way to increase self-esteem of the little ones and for help their emotional and cognitive development. With pen and paper children will learn to become aware of the world around them and you parents will have the opportunity to increase, with your approval, the consideration they have for themselves, making them become more confident.

How to learn to draw

A nice exercise that you can propose is the live drawing since we all always have some fruit at home: put a nice basket on your table, fill it with all the fresh and seasonal fruit that you can find in this period, such as apples, bananas, kiwis, pears and let it be observed carefully by your children. Then, helping you (for some) with geometric figures, for others with curved and elongated shapes, trace the profile before the basket (a semicircle), then, one at a time, of the fruits that you will have placed inside. Help them to define well the contours of each single drawing and then to color them with different colors. In this way, the little ones will become familiar with the different fruits, they will learn their names, colors and shapes. And maybe even the taste if, after drawing the fruit, we eat it for snack!

Fruit designs to copy

Fruit designs

Fruit coloring page
Fruit coloring page

Read more tips for drawing fruit with kids in the tutorial

Chocolate, red pepper and red fruit cake recipe – Italian Cuisine

Chocolate, red pepper and red fruit cake recipe

  • 500 g Picaro fresh chillies
  • 500 g apricots
  • 390 g sugar
  • 160 g white wine vinegar
  • 120 g flour plus a little
  • 80 g butter plus a little
  • 50 g dark chocolate
  • 40 g starch
  • 40 g cocoa
  • 3 g baking powder
  • 6 yolks
  • 4 eggs
  • Habanero Chocolate chili powder (very spicy with hints of toast)
  • wild strawberries
  • currant
  • raspberries
  • blueberries
  • salt

For the chocolate, red pepper and red fruit cake recipe, grease and flour a hinge mold (ø 23 cm, h 6 cm). Whisk the yolks and eggs with 130 g of sugar and a pinch of chilli powder with electric whisk or planetary mixer (measure the quantity according to your taste). Sift the flour, starch, baking powder and cocoa and add them to the whipped eggs a little at a time, stirring with the spatula from the bottom upwards in order not to deflate the mixture.

Melt the chocolate together with the butter in a bain-marie or in the microwave. Add the mixture to the eggs and pour into the buttered and floured mold. Bake the cake at 180 ° C for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven, let it cool down, turn it out and trim the surface.

Clean the fresh peppers, cut them into rounds, blanch them 3 times changing the water each time, then collect them in a saucepan with 160 g of water, 160 g of sugar, 160 g of vinegar and a pinch of salt and cook for 12- 15 '. Drain the chilli slices and keep the cooking liquid. Blend them by adding the liquid a little at a time until a creamy consistency is obtained.

Divide the apricots in half, remove the core and cook them with 100 g of sugar and 100 g of water for 10 minutes. Turn off and spread the apricot halves on the surface of the cake, wetting also with the syrup that will have formed. Complete the cake with a few drops of chilli compote and decorate the surface with raspberries, blueberries, currants and wild strawberries. Serve the rest of the chilli compote aside.

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