Parisian Markets in early April
Dear Parisian Chowhounders,
I wonder if you could offer me a little advice.
I plan to stay in an apartment in Paris in early April. It is in the 11th, near the Viaduc des Arts.
I want to make the most of having access to a kitchen, and therefore take advantage of Parisian Markets and shops. It will be my first time food shopping in Paris.
I would like to know which (seasonal) produce you would select in April, which markets you would visit, and which dishes you would cook using that produce?
I am happy to explore throughout the city (within the underground network), and am prepared to spend what ever amount necessary to sample fine seasonal produce.
However, if you have any specific recomendations which are located near to where I am staying, that would be an added bonus.
Thank you in advance, and as a first time poster I hope not to have breached any etiquette rules set by the board.
Your location is excellent. You'll be close to the marché d'Aligre and the marché Richard-Lenoir (Bastille).
In early April, the produce is typical of early Spring, i.e. green vegetables and herbs. Artichokes, white asparagus, new cabbage, carrots, early turnips, radish, young leeks, etc. It is still too early for strawberries and other fruit but the last Winter apples and pears are there. Clémentines, oranges (blood oranges) are on the way out.
Spring milk-fed lamb is also beginning to appear on market stalls.