What’s in season this winter?

Remember, you can enjoy the taste of any fruit or vegetable year round. Fresh, frozen, canned, dried & 100% juice– it all counts!” – Fruits and Veggies Matter More

What’s in season? With the winter season here, now is the perfect time to start loading your shopping carts with seasonal fruits and vegetables. Orange County farmer’s markets are great places to shop for produce, and many vendors offer tasters for you to try. If you can, try adding these winter fruits and veggies to your favorite dishes to create healthy meals. Take a look at the list below for a few seasonal fruits and vegetables.

 

Kale

Image result for kale

 

Kale is a tasty vegetable that has nutrients and vitamins that are good for our bodies. It can also be added to many of your favorite dishes, like soups, pastas, or salads. For a quick on the go treat, try making a smoothie and adding a few pieces of kale, or try your hand at this yummy vegetable confetti soup. It’s perfect for those cold winter nights.

Kiwifruit

Image result for kiwifruit

 

Kiwifruit, also known simply as kiwis, may seem like a summer fruit, but they’re actually in season during the winter. These fuzzy, bright green beauties are high in vitamin C and are a good source of potassium. Simply giving kiwis a good rinse and peeling the skin is one way to eat them, but they can also be added into recipes, like this Pear Party Fruit Salsa.

Mandarin Oranges

Image result for mandarin oranges

Although Mandarin Oranges may look like mini oranges, they’re actually linked more closely to tangerines. Known for their eye catching orange peels, and small size, mandarin oranges are a great source of vitamins C and  A. Since they’re so small and could almost fit in your pocket, they make for great on the go snacks, or the perfect fruit to add to your child’s school lunch.

Squash

Image result for squash

 

If you’ve never tried squash before, now is a good time, because they’re in season. With so many types of squashes, finding one you like could be quite simple. Not only are they easy to store and last up to three months, but they’re also fat-free, cholesterol free, and sodium free. Roasting, stir frying, and pan frying make for good ways to prepare squash, but you can also add it into baked goods like this recipe for zucchini bread. For more delicious squash recipes, please click here.

 

To learn more about seasonal winter produce or to find more healthy recipes, please visit the links below.

 

Sources:

https://whatscooking.fns.usda.gov/search/solr-results

http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/whats-in-season-winter