The concept of eating seasonally is nothing new – in fact, while it may be trendy today, back in the “old days” it was the only way to eat!
Long before refrigerators, climate-controlled environments and imported foods, humans had no choice but to eat the fruits and vegetables that grew naturally and locally during each season.
While today we have the option of eating our favorite produce year-round, it’s still a good idea to eat seasonal fruits and veggies. Why? In-season produce is fresher and more flavorful, and contains the maximum amount of vitamins and other nutrients.
Many people naturally eat seasonally during the summer months, but assume there’s no fresh produce to choose from during the wintertime. Think again! There’s actually an abundance of tasty in-season fruits and veggies available during the colder months.
Want to start eating seasonally this winter? Consider adding any (or all) of the below fruits and vegetables to your cart during your next trip to our store.
Fruits to Eat During the Winter
Many people are surprised to learn that a wide variety of citrus fruits are in-season during the winter. Clementine’s, mandarins, tangerines and oranges often reach their peak during December, and grapefruit from temperate southern states comes into season by January.
Kumquats, pomelos, and lemons are also harvested throughout the winter season. These and other richly-flavored citrus fruits can help brighten up your winter diet, and ensure you’re getting all of the right vitamins. Other in-season winter fruits include kiwis, pears, and persimmons.
Vegetables to Eat During the Winter
Hearty root vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes (also called yams), turnips, rutabagas, and carrots are readily available all winter long. These nutrient-packed vegetables are perfect for a wide variety of warm dishes, and can be mashed, roasted, sautéed, baked, and more.
Winter squash is a seasonal favorite that can be used in soups, casseroles, and other comforting warm dishes. Lovers of leafy greens rejoice – kale, fennel, and broccoli rabe are at their best during the wintertime. Likewise, cabbage tastes when picked during cold weather.
Onions, shallots and leeks are often harvested during the late fall and stay fresh throughout winter. Other tasty veggies to enjoy during the winter months include beets, cauliflower, parsnips, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, celery, and radishes.
Which in-season produce are you most excited to try this winter? Shops for your favorite fruits and vegetables all season long at Constantino’s Market!