Winter Produce Guide
Healthy Winter Produce
As each year ends, a new season arrives. And with it a supply of fresh ingredients that offer you comfort from the cold. From hardy root vegetables to bright, sweet citrus, winter produce delivers a surprising range of flavors for you to enjoy with family and friends.
To select, pick those that are firm to the touch and heavy for their size. Avoid any fruits with mold or spongy spots.
• Beet, Blood Orange, Kumquat, and Quinoa Salad
• Blood Orange Sangria
• Fennel, Blood Orange, and Watercress Salad
• Blood Orange Layer Cake
• Shrimp Salad with Blood Oranges and Slivered Fennel
See More: Season's Best: Citrus Fruits
To select, choose small to medium beets with firm, smooth skin and no soft spots, with stems and leaves attached.
• Easy Pickled Beets
• Beets with Dill and Walnuts
• Spiced Beet and Carrot Soup
• Golden Beet, Greens, and Potato Torta
• Roasted Carrot and Beet Salad with Feta, Pulled Parsley, and Cumin Vinaigrette
See More: In Season: Beets
To select, choose pomegranates that feel heavy, are bright in color, and are free of blemishes.
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To select, test with a gentle squeeze, and buy only firm fruit.
See More: In Season: Kumquats
Although leeks resemble large green onions, they're milder and sweeter. Leeks are usually cooked since they're very fibrous when raw.
To select, buy leeks with crisp leaves and blemish-free stalks.
• Braised Leeks with Warm Pancetta Dressing
• Leeks à la Grecque (Greek-Style Leeks)
• Halibut with Leeks
• Chicken Fried Rice with Leeks and Dried Cranberries
• Creamed Corn with Bacon and Leeks
This hardy root vegetable enjoys cool climates—it requires frost to convert its starches to sugars and to develop its sweet, nutty flavor.
To select, look for small to medium-sized parsnips with beige skin. They should be blemish-free and firm.
• Pasta with Black Kale, Caramelized Onions, and Parsnips
• Roasted Root Vegetables
• Chicken and Parsnip Soup
• Roasted Vegetable Couscous with Chickpeas and Onion–Pine Nut Topping
• Crispy Root Vegetable Latkes with Beet Puree
See More: In Season: Parsnips
To select, look for a deep blue-green color and choose small bunches devoid of any signs of wilting or discoloration.
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To select, you probably won't be able to choose them individually, so check the see-through plastic to make sure you get bright, intensely colored berries.
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To select, look for smooth, brightly-colored skin (green means under-ripe), and lemons that feel heavy for their size.
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To select, choose firm oranges that have smooth skins and are not moldy. Don't worry about brown patches on the skin; this does not indicate poor quality.
• Oranges with Caramel and Cardamom Syrup
• Broccoli Slaw with Oranges and Crunchy Noodles
• Pineapple and Orange Salad with Toasted Coconut
• Tomato-Citrus Salmon
• Tuscan Cake with Citrus Compote