What’s In Season: Winter

It may be seem like everything is in season when we look at what’s filling the produce section at the grocery store. The truth is much of the food you see has traveled long distances to get to the grocery store. Out of season produce is grown in warmer climates and shipped, trucked or flown to your neighborhood store from a distribution center, unless you are choosing food that is currently in season where you live and it’s been locally grown. There is so much that goes into growing and shipping food, much to much to discuss here, suffice it to say, eating local and organic in season food is our best option. Locally grown food will not only be in season, the nutrients and taste will be better. Food starts to break down and lose nutrients from the moment it is harvested. When things are shipped across the country or come from other countries, the time it takes to travel to the grocery store means there has definitely been a loss of nutrients. Thankfully grocery stores are starting to offer more and more locally grown produce, which is usually marked with a locally grown sign of some sort.  When you live in a cold climate like I do, you’ll find most farmers markets close in autumn and don’t start again until late spring/early summer. Knowing what is in season will help you choose produce that more than likely didn’t travel far and wide to get to you. Below you will find a general list of what is in season for winter. *Depending on what your winter season temperatures are this list will change, but for a good general idea this will help get you started.

Winter in season foods:

  • Apples
  • Beets
  • Blood Oranges
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts 
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celeriac 
  • Clementines
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Onions 
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes 
  • Red Cabbage 
  • Rutabaga 
  • Savoy Cabbage
  • Sunchokes
  • Tangerines 
  • Turnips 
  • Winter Squash

Looking at this list, you can see why soups are so popular during winter. They not only are warming, but can be made from an assortment of cold weather produce. Is there anything on this list that surprises you? Let me know in the comments. If you are interested in a private online cooking class utilizing any ingredients listed here, please reach out to me at the bottom of this page: Cooking Classes

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