Fill Your Plate With Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables This Winter
There are tons of fresh fruit and veggies that are in season during winter, so there's no reason to throttle back your produce intake when the weather gets chilly. Plus, if you’ll be spending lots of time outside, your body will thank you for giving it nutrient-dense adventure fuel.
Here's what you should look for at the grocery store (or farmer’s market, if your local market operates throughout the year) this winter.
Winter vegetables that are in season
Winter’s vegetables are hearty and full of flavor. They can be roasted, tossed into soups and crock pot creations, added to warm winter salads… there are plenty of preparation possibilities. Fill your grocery cart with the following veggies:
- Cabbage. You can find cabbage all year long, but it’s best during the late fall and early winter. Make a cabbage soup, experiment with fermentation (think sauerkraut and kimchi), or use it in a salad or cole slaw.
- Winter squashes. Butternut squash and acorn squash are two of the most well-loved winter squashes, and they’re perfect for the season. Try roasting them with some cinnamon and nutmeg or dicing them up in soups and stews.
- Kale. Kale is well known for its superfood status, thanks to a heaping helping of vitamins K, A, and C. This leafy green’s flavor is sweetest during winter, after a frost.
- Brussels sprouts. As it turns out, brussels sprouts can be quite delicious. Dice them up and sauté them, roast them, or experiment until you find your favorite recipe. They’re an excellent way to get more vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber in your diet.
- Turnips. When it comes to turnips, size dictates taste. Smaller varieties make great, crunchy additions to salads, and bigger turnips are best eaten boiled or blanched.
- Beets. If you love the earthy taste of beets be sure to stock up this winter. They add a beautiful color and flavor to smoothies and juices, and also add another flavor dimension to salads.
- Snow peas. You may have used snow peas in a stir fry before, and they’re also great on salads and in other dishes. They’re high in vitamins C and K.
In Season Winter Fruits
Wintertime is the perfect season to enjoy fresh citrus, among other fruits:
- Pomegranates. Here’s another superfood to add to your winter diet. Enjoy a small glass of juice, sprinkle the delicious seeds on your salads, add them to drinks for a festive touch, or eat them straight from the fruit.
- Blood oranges. Similar to other varieties of citrus, blood oranges are full of vitamin C. They’re also deep red in color, so including them in drinks, desserts, salads, and other meals adds a nice color (and flavor) to whatever you’re making.
- Oranges and tangerines. If you love oranges and tangerines winter is the season for you, with many different types to choose from (including blood oranges!).
- Grapefruit. This citrusy breakfast staple hits its peak beginning in late winter.
- Kiwis. These fuzzy little fruits are in season beginning in January. You can add them to salads and other dishes, but they taste great on their own, too.
What are some of your favorite winter fruits and vegetables? Do you have any favorite ways to prepare them? Start the mouth-watering conversation in the comments!