Don’t Give Up on Produce This Winter
Your summer garden season has ended, but don’t give up on fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies just yet. Here’s a list of 7 winter produce that add zest and variety to your winter meals:
As cool season vegetables, dark leafy greens can be grown through fall and into the winter in the northeast or northwest regions of the U.S. Leafy greens produced in those areas tend to taste better once exposed to frost. Many of these vitamin-packed varieties, including lettuce, arugula and spinach grow fast in the fall. Be quick to use harvested dark leafy greens because they have a shorter shelf life.
Many winter dishes include brussel sprouts for good reason: their peak season picks up in the fall through early winter. These smaller versions of cabbage are great to use as a side dish and can easily be stored for a few weeks after purchasing. You may see some of the outer leaves start to die, but removing them before cooking should leave plenty of these nutrient-rich little gems.
This fall fruit grows all summer to be picked at the peak of freshness once fall arrives. Choose firm apples that are shiny and bright to add to your winter dishes.
Although these beauties are harvested during the late summer, their ability to stay fresh for a long amount of time makes them an easy choice for winter produce. Store them in a dark, cool and dry area to keep them from aging. Use them as a main or side dish in plenty of winter recipes.
This tasty veggie is also known for its ability to keep all through winter. Onions are a great way to add flavor into a dish and sneak in a vegetable for picky eaters. They provide a lot of fiber and Vitamin C and can help reduce cholesterol levels. Store onions in a cool, dry place to support their long-lasting qualities. Consider storing them individually, without touching other onions, to give them an even longer shelf life.
Gourds are a great winter produce option that won’t spoil easily. Varieties, like butternut and acorn squash, are popular in many fall and winter soups and stews. Winter squash continues to ripen after they are picked, so make sure to store them in a cool, slightly humid environment. These vitamin-packed varieties are available from fall through late winter making them a prime option for adding freshness to your winter dishes.
Look for citrus to hit markets right around the end of the year. The southern climates of Florida, Texas, Arizona and California make oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit ample during this time.
Get picky about your seasonal produce-thanks to our southern growers you can still grab the freshest fruits and vegetables, like winter citrus, to add flavor and nutrients to your cold-weather meals.
Article originally appeared on RE/MAX.