Winter Produce Guide + Recipes

Eating in-season can be a pretty big struggle when the ground is frozen and the farmer’s markets are closed. Luckily, there are a handful of really great produce options that can help make the long, cold winter much more delicious. Check out these seasonal options while you wait for spring to show up.

Beets

Skip the canned, mushy beet chunks you were forced to eat as a kid, and instead embrace fresh beets which are readily available in the winter. Beets have been shown by many studies to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification properties. Not a fan of the earthy flavor? Try to find golden beets, which cook up much sweeter than their red counterpart.

Recipes to try:

Brussels Sprouts

The humble Brussels sprout is most definitely my favorite item on this list. Brussels sprouts have gotten a bad rap, but these small members of the cabbage family are sweet, flavorful and not-at-all mushy when prepared correctly. The flavor of Brussels sprouts intensify the longer they cook, so for a milder flavor, just roast for a few minutes. And the fresher the sprouts, the better. Older sprouts tend to become a touch bitter.

Recipes to try:

Clementines

Oh, rejoice! It’s clementine season! While not local for many of us, clementines are readily available across the U.S. and are at the peak of sweet, juicy perfection right now. A single clementine clocks in at around 35 calories and 60% of your daily dose of Vitamin C. Eat ’em as a snack or try them out as the star of a recipe.

Recipes to try:

Kale

Raw kale can be too chewy, strong and earthy for even the most hardcore health nut, but when sauteed, roasted or steamed, kale becomes a mild, flavorful green that is one of the healthiest veggies on the planet. Cancer-fighting? Check. Detoxifying? Check. Cholesterol-lowering and heart healthy? Check and check.

Recipes to try:

What’s your favorite in-season winter fruit or veggie?

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Cassie Johnston is an award-winning food writer and recipe developer living and working in Southern Indiana. Her work has been feature in national publications such as Gourmet Magazine and The Huffington Post. Cassie’s a big fan of strenuous hikes, cheese, watching sports, Brussels sprouts, and craft beer, and she’ll talk your ear off about her love of local food and seasonal eating. She’s obsessed with social media and loves connecting with new friends!