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All ingredients currently in season in all categories.


rhubarbMarch to August


asparagus mid-April to June
bamboo shootApril to June
Called "takenoko" in Japanese which means "children of bamboo". Last I checked Rockridge Farms carried them in season.
bamboo shoots source 
bean, favaApril to June
You may see favas at market stands until possibly August, but they are likely to be very starchy by then. They are best earlier in the season when the beans are smaller, sweet and tender.
broccoli, winterFebruary to April
burdock year round
Also known as "gobo". burdock info 
cardoonApril to June
There is also some availability of cardoon again in the fall.

chardyear round
daikonyear round
A type of radish also known as "Japanese radish", "Chinese radish" and "Satsuma radish". They are white with a milder flavor than common red radishes. They can grow very large (up to 100 pounds!) but most are harvested at a few pounds or less. They have a mild spiciness to them and are traditionally grated for sashimi, but they are also great raw in salads, pickled or roasted. daikon photo 
garlic, green mid-March to mid-June
greens, Asianyear round
greens, mustardyear round
kaleyear round
leeksyear round
mushroomsyear round
Varieties:  cremini, enoki, lions mane, shiitake, button, oyster
mustard greensyear round
onion, greenMarch to June
Also known as "scallion".
potatoesyear round
Varieties:  all-blue, bintje, desiree, german butterball, purple viking, red sangre, russet nugget, yellow finn, yukon gold, banana, russet, fingerling
radishesApril to November
turnip, Japaneseyear round
Available from Rockridge Farms year round, but best in cooler weather.

Salad greens

arugula mid-March to November
Also known as "rocket". Best in the spring and fall.
Arugula recipes. 
borageApril to November
Small leaves are most tender.
borage info 
Latin:  Borago officinalis 
macheOctober to April
Also known as "lamb's lettuce" or "corn salad".
Latin:  Valerianella locusta 
mizunayear round
orachApril to October
Orach is an annual.

Latin:  Atriplex hortensis 

radicchioMarch to November
Grows best in cooler weather. Can be harvested both in spring and fall. There are also some varieties that can take the summer heat and be harvested june-august.

Latin:  Cichorium intybus 
salad burnetMarch to November
Salad burnet is an evergreen perennial.
salad burnet info 
Latin:  Poterium sanguisorba 
spinachyear round

Foraged edibles

dandelionMarch to May
Spring season.
Tends to get bitter in the hot summer months.

Latin:  Taraxacum officinale 
fiddlehead fernsMarch to June
Also known as "ostrich fern".
Latin:  Matteuccia struthiopteris 
maple blossomsApril to June
Latin:  Acer macrophyllum 
miners lettuceMarch to June
Spring season.

Latin:  Claytonia perfoliata 
nettlesMarch to May
Nettles are also known as stinging nettles. When working with raw nettles, use gloves or tongs.

Dried nettles are perfect for "tea" and cooked nettles can be used just like spinach.

Combine mint with nettles to make a refreshing and light pesto or chimichurri.
Latin:  Urtica dioica 
From:  Foraged and Found Edibles

peppercressMarch to April
Spring season. Peppercress is also grown commercially and available year round.

Latin:  Lepidium latifolium 
watercressMarch to June
Spring season.
Latin:  Nasturtium officinale 
wood sorrelMarch to May
Latin:  Oxalis spp. 
wood violetsMarch to May
Latin:  Viola spp. 

Edible flowers

borage blossoms mid-April to November
calendulaApril to November
maple blossomsApril to June
Latin:  Acer macrophyllum 
pansiesApril to November
pea blossomsApril to November
rosemary blossomsMarch to April
Spring season.
salmonberry blossomsMarch to May
tulipApril to May

Wild mushrooms

morel mid-April to August
Most morels come from Eastern Washington
Latin:  Morchella esculenta 
oysterMarch to May
Also Sept and Oct


angelicaApril to October
bayyear round
Latin:  geranium 
geraniums, scentedyear round
Varieties:  rose, lemon
lovageMarch to September
rosemaryyear round
sorrelMarch to November
thymeyear round
Member of the mint family, thyme is a perennial evergreen herb.
Varieties:  Common, lemon, and caraway


Cow's milk cheeseyear round
Goat's milk cheeseMarch to November
Sheep's milk cheeseMarch to November


eggs, chickenyear round
Fresh eggs from pastured chicken are available year-round from local farms, farmers markets, PCC or Whole Foods and other area markets. Araucana (green) hen eggs are available at Pike Place Creamery in the Pike Place Market.
eggs, duckyear round
eggs, gooseApril to June
eggs, quailMarch to November
Pike Place Creamery says that quail eggs are usually not available locally in the winter months.


beefyear round
Sources for Washington pasture-raised beef. 

Country Natural Beef is an agricultural cooperative producing sustainably raised beef that is grain finished but for a shorter time than conventional beef.

porkyear round
Before you buy pork, read this blog! Certified naturally-grown pork is available from Whistling Train Farm . More sources of pork. 


chickenyear round
Sources for Washington grown pasture-raised chicken. 


chestnut flouryear round
Chestnut flour source and information. 
cideryear round
Many local types, apple, pear, etc..
emmeryear round
Emmer is the mother grain to spelt and all modern wheat. Certified Organic emmer from Bluebird Grain Farms 
flax seedyear round
Certified Organic flax seed from Bluebird Grain Farms 
lentilsyear round
rye year round
Certified Organic rye from Bluebird Grain Farms 
spelt year round
Certified Organic spelt from Bluebird Grain Farms 
wheat year round
Certified Organic wheat from Bluebird Grain Farms Also look for Shephards Grain Wheat now being widely distributed in the Pacific Northwest through Stone-Buhr .

Pacific NW seafood

abaloneyear round
Latin:  Haliotis 
From:  California
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
arctic charyear round
There is also wild arctic char available from Canada in the fall.

Latin:  Salvelinus alpinus 
From:  Primarily from Canada
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
bass, stripedyear round
This is a hybrid striped bass.
Latin:  Morone saxatitis and Morone chrysops 
From:  California
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
caviar, paddlefishyear round
Latin:  Polyodon spathula 
From:  California
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
caviar, salmonyear round
From chum salmon. It is known in Japanese as Ikura. Season is actually May-Nov, but it is available year-round.
Latin:  Oncorhynchus keta 
From:  Alaska
Wild or Farmed?  wild
caviar, salmon 
caviar, troutyear round
Latin:  Oncorhynchus mykiss 
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
caviar, white sturgeonyear round
Latin:  Acipenser transmontanus 
From:  Idaho, California
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
caviar, whitefishyear round
Season is actually Oct-December but it is available year-round.
Latin:  Coregonus clupeaformis 
From:  Montana
Wild or Farmed?  wild
clams, manilayear round
Greatest supply during warm weather.
View source list 
Latin:  Venergupis philippinarum, Ruditapes philippinarum 
From:  Washington
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
Capture Method:  gathered by hand rake
clams, native little necksSeptember to April
View source list 
Latin:  Protothaca staminea 
From:  Washington
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
clams, razoryear round
The Washington commercial season is 6 weeks, and can either be in the spring or summer.
Razors are available year round from Oregon and Alaska. You can also get them frozen year round.
Latin:  Siliqua patula 
From:  Washington, Oregon, Alaska
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  dug by hand
cod, black year round
West Coast season is August-October.
BC season is year-round, but the peak is January-April.
Alaska season is March-November.
View source list 
Latin:  Anoplopoma fimbria 
From:  West Coast, BC, Alaska
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  longline, trawls and traps
cod, Pacificyear round
View source list 
Latin:  Gadus macrocephalus 
From:  West Coast, Alaska
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  pots, jig, longline, trawl (and as bycatch)
crab, Dungenessyear round
West coast production peak is Dec/Jan and prices are lowest at that time, although crab may be "lighter" with less meat after molting. June/July is the peak period for AK, BC.
For more information:
View source list 
Latin:  Cancer magister 
From:  West Coast, Alaska
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  pot-caught
crab, snowApril to August
Available year-round frozen.
Latin:  Chioneocetes opilio, Chionectes bairdi 
From:  Canada
Wild or Farmed?  wild
geoduckyear round
Also available wild from Washington and Alaska.
View source list 

Latin:  Panope abrupta 
From:  Washington
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
geoduckyear round
Latin:  Panope abrupta 
From:  Southeast Alaska
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  dive-harvested
halibut, Pacific mid-March to mid-November
View source list 
Latin:  Hippoglossus stenolepis 
From:  WA, BC, Alaska
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  Longline, troll
herring mid-April to June
summer season
Latin:  Clupea pallasii 
From:  Alaska
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  purse seine, gill net, trawl
mussel, mediterraneanMarch to November
"Meds" spawn in the winter.
View source list 
Latin:  Mytilus galloprovincialis 
From:  Washington
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
octopusyear round
From:  Washington
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  pots, bycatch from trawls
oyster, easternyear round
View source list 
Latin:  Crassostrea virginica 
From:  Washington
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
oyster, european flatOctober to June
Also known as "Belon"
View source list 

Latin:  Ostrea edulis 
From:  Washington
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
oyster, kumamotoyear round
View source list 
Latin:  Crassostrea sikamea 
From:  Washington
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
oyster, olympiaOctober to May
View source list 
Latin:  Ostrea lurida 
From:  Washington
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
oysters, pacificyear round
View source list 
Latin:  Crassostrea gigas 
From:  Washington
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
rockfishyear round
Also known as: "rock cod" "pacific snapper"
Avoid trawl caught rockfish.
View source list 
Latin:  Sebastes spp. 
From:  Alaska, BC, Washington, Oregon, California
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  hook and line, bottom longline
salmon, chinookyear round
Also known as "king"
May to September is PEAK season.
The Alaskan salmon fishery is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.
Avoid all farmed salmon.
View source list 

Latin:  Oncorhynchus tschawytscha 
From:  Alaska
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  reefnet, hook and line, gill net, or purse seine
salmon, farmedyear round

Farmed and dangerous 

It's cheap but it will cost you. Don't buy it.
Latin:  Pinkus unnaturalis, Environmentalis hazardum 

sea cucumberMarch to July
spring/summer season
From:  Washington
Wild or Farmed?  wild
sea urchinyear round
Local (WA) season is from November-January for 12 weeks
From:  Alaska, Washington
Wild or Farmed?  wild
shrimp, coonstripeyear round
caught with spot shrimp
Latin:  Pandalus hypsinotis 
From:  Alaska, Washington, BC, Oregon
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  trap-caught
shrimp, pinkyear round
View source list 
Oregon has pinks available april-sept, Washington: april-oct., BC: june-dec

Latin:  Pandalus jordani 
From:   Oregon, Washington, BC
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  otter trawls with fin-fish excluder devices
shrimp, sidestripeyear round
Also lumped under the common name "spot prawn"
Caught along with pink shrimp.
View source list 

Latin:  Pandalopsis dispar 
From:  Alaska, BC, Oregon, Washington
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  trap-caught, trawl
shrimp, spotyear round
Spring and summer in BC
June-August Washington
Year round in Alaska
Easy to locate frozen year round.
View source list 
Latin:  Pandalus platyceros 
From:  Alaska, BC, Washington
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  trap-caught
sole, doveryear round
Also known as "slippery sole", "slime sole" and "shortfinned sole".
Latin:  Microstomus pacificus 
From:  California, Oregon, Washington, Canada
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  otter trawl
sole, englishyear round
Also known as "California sole", "lemon sole", and "pointed nose sole"
Latin:  Parophrys vetulus 
From:  California, Oregon, Washington, Canada
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  otter trawl
sole, petraleyear round
Also known as "brill", "California sole", "roundnosed sole"

Heaviest catch is from Dec-Feb.
Latin:  Eopsetta jordani 
From:  California, Oregon, Washington, Canada
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  otter trawl

sole, rex year round
Also known as "longfinned sole", "witch sole"
Latin:  Errex zachirus 
From:  Primarily from Alaska
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  otter trawl
sole, yellowfinyear round
Also known as "Alaska dab", "muddab" or "northern sole"
Pacific Seafood's website says that more than 100,000 tons of yellowfin is landed each year off Alaska, and that almost all of this catch is exported to China, where it is filleted and re-exported back to the U.S. and Canada. Yellowfin is an inexpensive fish and the fillets are a good value.
Latin:  Limanda aspera 
From:  Alaska and west coast
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  otter trawl
steelheadyear round
Peak season is from October to May.

Latin:  Salmo gairdneri 
From:  Washington
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
sturgeonyear round
Latin:  Acipenser transmontanus 
From:  California
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
tilapiayear round
From:  California, Idaho
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
trout, rainbowyear round
Latin:   Oncorhynchus mykiss 
From:  Idaho
Wild or Farmed?  farmed


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