A few months back, I wrote about the most in-season fruits and vegetables one can find locally in autumn. Sure the temperatures are reaching an all time low, and you may not want to put on about twenty layers of wool and fleece just to trek over to your neighborhood farmer’s market this weekend, but I promise you, the benefits of eating locally-sourced produce are worth it. And besides, just because it’s wintertime, that doesn’t mean you can’t find delicious, seasonally appropriate fruits and veggies.
The Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA) is a great resource that I utilize constantly. CUESA offers recipes, educational tools, and an ever-changing list of what fruits and vegetables are currently most in season. It’s really important to get inspired by fresh produce, especially this time of year when it’s far too easy to let the winter blues sink in. From hearty, roasted vegetable salads, to citrus-based desserts, and freshly pressed juices, trust me when I say that winter doesn’t have to be all about the starch.
The best vegetables to keep a lookout for at your local market or grocery store include: root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, or turnips; greens like arugula and kale; cardoons, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and more.
Far less diverse than the myriad vegetable options, this winter, embrace citrus! Did you know that many varieties of citrus have peak in-season times from November-March? Oranges, meyer lemons, grapefruit, kumquats, pomelos, limes, tangerines, and even more will be your best bet for the best tasting winter fruit.
From warming your soul in a casserole or stew, to providing you with that immune-boosting burst of much needed Vitamin C, make sure you don’t miss out on fruits and vegetables this winter! For more information on what’s in season right now, visit www.cuesa.org.