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A WINTER FOOD WONDERLAND
Don’t Let the Season Stop Your Fun in the Kitchen
If you do your best to eat seasonally, you’re not alone. In recent years, more and more people have embraced the idea of eating fresh, local produce that cycles throughout the year. Some choose the path for health reasons — studies have shown that organic fruits and vegetables, which are more common on small farms, have 20%–40% more antioxidants than conventionally grown ones — while others want to decrease the carbon footprint of the food on their plates to help fight climate change. Regardless of the reason why, many have embraced this simple fact: The fresher produce is, the better it tastes! A tomato engineered to travel hundreds of miles to your dinner table just doesn’t pack the same flavor punch as one picked in your own backyard. In the spring, summer, and even the fall, eating seasonally is relatively easy. If you have access to a farmers market or local co-op, it’s no doubt bursting with fresh fruits and vegetables during the warmer months. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, greens, peaches, cherries, strawberries, blueberries — all of these tasty foods and more overflow in the spring and summer. Once fall arrives, an abundance of squash and apples shows up to complement the summer bounty. Winter, however, is another story. When the weather turns chilly, berries and delicate greens disappear, and produce in general seems scarce, which can make it feel impossible to eat seasonally.
However, even when there’s snow on the ground, there is more seasonal food out there than you might think! Here are just a few of the fresh vegetables and fruits the U.S. has to offer in winter:
• Potatoes and sweet potatoes • Winter squash • Turnips • Parsnips • Rutabagas • Winter radishes • Celeriac • Citrus fruits • Kale • Carrots • Beets • Onions • Garlic
fruit throughout the year. A bag of frozen strawberries can make an excellent pie, and canned peaches are delicious on ice cream! Winter greens like kale can make for delicious versions of your favorite salads, too, and if you’re concerned about kale’s toughness, simply massage the leaves with olive oil and let them chill in the fridge overnight. Some farmers even have greenhouses that enable them to grow herbs, leafy greens, and other warm- weather delights year-round. If you’re struggling to find sources for local, seasonal produce, don’t worry; the internet has your back. Websites like LocalHarvest. org can connect you with farmers, farmers markets, community-supported agriculture (CSA) subscriptions, and food events in your area. Just type in your zip code, and its search engine will offer up suggestions on where to shop. With resources like this at your disposal, there’s no reason to quit the kitchen this winter. In fact, you might just discover a new favorite dish!
• Broccoli • Cabbage • Pomegranates • Leeks • Brussels sprouts
Root vegetables, like potatoes, turnips, parsnips, carrots, and beets, are ideal for roasting and can pair with bread and cheese for hearty dishes like roasted root vegetable salad (see FoodNetwork.com for a great recipe), shaved carrot tart with ricotta (Saveur.com), or chicken and root vegetable soup (BonAppetit.com). If you’re missing the fruits of summer, try adding pomegranates and citrus to your diet, and seek out farmers who offer canned, frozen, or preserved local
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