The fruits and vegetables that are in season this winter

Most people in the Northern Hemisphere view summer as the ideal time to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. While it is the season when local farmers can stock the shelves and aisles of farmer markets, it’s a misconception that you can’t eat fresh and delicious produce during winter. 

 

Whether imported from nearby warmer regions or grown in a local greenhouse, plenty of fruits and vegetables are in season throughout winter. If you’re planning ahead and trying to decide what to eat when the temperature drops, you might want to consider some of the produce listed below. 

 

Cruciferous vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables include vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and collard greens. While most temperate climates support their growth year-round, they taste best when farmers harvest them during the cooler autumn and winter months. Instead of tasting bitter and sharp, you’ll find them to be sweeter and more flavorful. 

 

Cruciferous vegetables like kale are especially great in winter soups and stews. They also come packed with many essential vitamins and nutrients!

 

Carrots

If you live in a semi-temperate region, you can still enjoy local carrots from winter storage facilities. You can also enjoy them fresh from warmer areas. 

 

Most people opt for orange carrots, but you can also try purple and white ones. Once they’re in your fridge, eat them raw, roast them, or add them to a stew!

 

Celery

Celery is most flavorful in the fall and winter. During those months, farmers continue harvesting it in temperate climates, allowing you to enjoy it throughout the year. As it’s one of the most nutritious and vitamin-rich vegetables, doing so isn’t a bad idea. 

 

Contrary to what you might think, celery isn’t just a garnish to stick in your Bloody Mary. It’s great as a snack with peanut butter or chopped up and put into casseroles and salads. 

 

Citrus fruits

Grapefruits, pomelos, kumquats, oranges, and tangerines are some of the many citrus fruits you’ll want to eat in winter. While you can enjoy them all year round, you’ll find them be even sweeter and juicier in the colder months of the year. 

 

Some of the more exotic fruits, like pomelos, might be challenging to find at your local supermarket. If your community has an international or Asian market, you might have some luck finding them there.

 

Winter squash

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, there’s a good chance that some form of squash makes it onto your table. Whether you prefer butternut, acorn, spaghetti, or some other variety, you’ll be able to enjoy it well into winter. 

 

While most people think of squash as mush in a bowl, you can also roast it or stuff it if you’re craving a different texture. 

 

Kiwis

Kiwis are egg-shaped fruits that feature a coating of fuzzy hairs. You can enjoy kiwis harvested from warmer, temperate climates in winter and spring. 

 

When you’re at the supermarket looking for the right kiwi to take home, go for the one that’s firm and blemish-free. Once you’re ready to eat it, cut it in half and scoop out the green flesh. Feel free to eat the seeds!

 

Delicious produce all year round 

While summer might be the time when most produce is in season, you can still enjoy plenty of delicious fruits and vegetables during the cooler months of the year, including winter. 

 

Over the next few months, make sure to enjoy all of the produce that’s in season. 

 

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