Winter is coming. Well, for some of us it’s already here. The season of warm apple cider and hot chocolate is upon us! Glorious! That being said, winter isn’t for everyone. Some vegetables despise winter. I get it, it’s cold and dry. On the other hand, there are some vegetables that love winter more than Winnie the Pooh loves honey.
In this article, we’re taking a quick look at some vegetables that don’t just survive — but thrive — in winter.
Grown in California, Texas, Florida, and Arizona, grapefruit comes into season in January and remains succulent and sweet into summer. A tasty and refreshing treat when consumed halved and sectioned, grapefruit can also be a wonderful part of a cocktail or a turned into marmalade.
Though cauliflower can be grown, harvested, and marketed year-round, it’s by nature a cool-weather crop. Look for heads that are void of any brown or soft spots. Blend with potatoes for a calorie mashed potato side dish, or add some Indian spice for a tasty roasted cauliflower recipe.
Like all hearty cooking greens, cooler weather keeps kale. You might come across a couple kinds of spinach, together with curly kale being the most typical. Keep the green raw and incorporate it in a wide range of salads.
Coleslaw is bright and crisp when raw and mellows and sweetens the longer it’s cooked. The cooler the weather it develops in, the sweeter it tends to taste (this effect is called”frost kissed”). There are filled cabbage rolls in several cuisines from around the globe, including Vietnamese and German. Delicious!
Like many cruciferous veggies, broccoli might be grown year-round in temperate climates so that we have forgotten it has a season. But, like the rest of its loved ones, it tastes best (that is, more sweet, less sour and eloquent ) when harvested in the cooler temperatures of autumn in many climates. Twist this vegetable into a soup or even cheesy casserole.
So, this winter, get yourself a warm beverage (and keep it warm — we use these tumblers at our office) and use these vegetables listed above. They truly fit the season and are great for a variety of recipes.