Fresh fruits and vegetables are not just for the warm weathered months. Although we love summer produce and our fall farmers’ market haul, the winter months provide their own unique collection of winter fruits and vegetables. Not only is eating with the current season delicious, but it is also nutritious. Whether you shop at the local winter farmers market or peruse the aisles of your favorite grocer, here are ten fruits and vegetables to be enjoyed during the winter season.
Broccoli is a delicious winter vegetable that can be enjoyed raw, roasted, or steamed and is sometimes enjoyed with melted cheese. Instead of enjoying your broccoli topped with a creamy, dairy-based cheese sauce, try a sprinkle of nutritional yeast, which provides a delicious umami flavor similar to your favorite cheese. Looking for a delicious way to warm up this winter? Try this Cheesy Vegan Broccoli Soup or these Broccoli Tots with Horseradish Aioli.
Cabbage is another winter vegetable that creates a comforting winter side dish. Although cabbage is a food commonly enjoyed in fresh summer coleslaw, it can be enjoyed in a hearty winter salad or in a homemade stir fry recipe. Pair with your favorite protein source and a side of crispy fried Grain-Free Latkes for a more mindful, yet classic winter meal.
Cauliflower is traditionally white, but there are also orange and purple varieties. Cauliflower can be roasted and pureed into cauliflower mash. You can also rice it yourself to create homemade cauliflower rice, perfect for homemade burrito bowls and tacos. You can also use cauliflower in homemade pizza dough, but don’t worry about making it from scratch. Simply pick up one of our boxes of Almond Flour Pizza Dough Mix for an easy weeknight dinner, which is made with cauliflower.
Celery paired with your favorite nut or seed butter makes a crunchy yet satiating snack, but it also works well in winter soups and stews like classic chicken noodle or mouthwatering minestrone. Consider using it in a homemade casserole or pot pie recipe like this Savory Chicken Pesto Casserole perfect for a cozy night spent by the fire.
Fresh citrus fruits like clementines, lemons, limes, oranges, and pineapple add a refreshing taste to winter recipes or a stack of Citrus Pancakes. Grapefruit, for instance, makes for a filling snack or meal, so if you have a busy schedule with no time to cook breakfast, make a bowl of oatmeal with a side of fresh grapefruit before you begin your day. Tangerines are another citrus fruit that makes for a great snack. They can also be enjoyed on top of fresh salads or in baked goods. You can also take a bland and boring glass of water to the next level with a combination of your favorite fresh citrus fruits.
Enjoy a handful of kale raw in salads or smoothies or saute it and enjoy it on its own as a side dish or add it to a bowl of soup. A small squeeze of fresh lemon and a pinch of salt adds a burst of fresh flavor to this dark leafy green as well. You can even add kale to these delicious winter recipes: Cauliflower Beet and Kale Pizza, Kale and Parmesan Scones, and Sunflower Seed and Kale Pesto, which pairs perfectly with a box of almond flour crackers or organic seed flour crackers. Do you have an air-fryer? Try making a batch of homemade kale chips!
Leeks are a member of the onion family, but they have a more subtle and sweet taste when compared to an onion. Leeks can be eaten raw or cooked, but the green tops are usually not eaten. This winter, cozy up with a bowl of homemade winter vegetable soup made with fresh leeks paired with our Almond Flour Crackers for some crunch.
Swap out your usual go-to fruits of apples and bananas and grab a winter fruit, like pears, instead. Enjoy pears on their own or sliced on top of a delicious and hearty winter salad. You can even bake them up in a recipe for baked pears or poached pears, perfect for a wintertime dessert or sweet treat.
Persimmons can be peeled and enjoyed on their own or they can be added to cakes, cookies, puddings, salads, or smoothie bowls. You can even create a handcrafted BLT sandwich and swap out the tomato slices for persimmons instead. BLP, anyone? You can also pair persimmons with our crunchy cookies for a sweet treat.
When picking a pomegranate, pick one that is heavy in weight as it will most likely be ripe and ready to eat right away. Although many people enjoy the seeds of the pomegranate fruit, the yellow flesh between the seeds is also edible. Add a spoonful of pomegranate seeds to your winter salad for a bright pop of color or try this Creamy Pomegranate Pistachio Dip. If you are craving pancakes, add pomegranate seeds to a breakfast casserole like this savory and sweet Blueberry Pomegranate Pancake Casserole.
Turnips are a winter vegetable that make a great substitute for potatoes. Hearty, savory, and slightly sweet, turnips can be transformed into roasted turnip fries and enjoyed with a homemade Veggie Burger.
This winter, incorporate these winter produce options into your favorite winter recipes and your winter meal prep. If you want even more winter produce options, check out these five winter foods and these other winter veggies.