In Season Now: January And February Produce Guide + Recipes

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Aiming to “eat healthier” this new year? Why not get a little more specific and aim to follow the seasons when it comes to your 2013 cuisine? Eating seasonally is good for you and for the environment. And while people tend to think of winter produce as limited, there’s actually an abundance of things in season now — they just tend to fall outside most of our cooking comfort zones (good artichoke and celeriac recipe, anyone?). Here’s a guide to winter’s bounty in January and February (plus a few recipes to get you cooking with these seasonal ingredients).


Around the United States, early winter vegetables includes:

Beets
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Red cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celeriac
Celery
Chicory
Cooking greens (kale, Swiss chard, collards)
Jerusalem artichoke
Leeks
Parsnips
Potatoes
Rhubarb
Rutabagas
Shallots
Spinach
Sweet Potatoes
Turnips
Winter Squash (Butternut, Acorn, Spaghetti)

Around the United States, early winter fruits includes:

Apples Grapefruit
Kiwi
Lemons
Oranges
Passion Fruit
Pears
Pineapple
Pomegranate
Tangelos
Tangerines

Also in season now:

It's not just vegetables and fruits that have peak seasons. Eat freshest by also incorporating seasonal seafood, nuts or meat -- that means venison, pheasant, mussels, cockles, oysters, scallops, halibut, haddock and walnuts.

Winter vegetable recipes:

Butternut squash soup with caramelized pears & chestnuts (vegan)
Beet, fennel & fig salad with cranberry sage dressing
Roasted maple-cashew Brussels sprouts
Leek, lentil, date & bulgur salad
Garlicky Kale Frittata
Orzo salad with broccoli pesto
Ravioli with broccoli and pumpkin seeds
Slow-cooker butternut squash frijoles (vegan) from The Vegan Slow-Cooker Handbook
Roasted beets with winter citrus vinaigrette
Candied sweet potatoes from The Inspired Vegan by Bryant Terry
Cauliflower crust pizza

Winter fruit recipes:

Easy apple chips
Shrimp with citrus
Whole-wheat persimmon & pomegranate bread
Cranberry + pear tart
Rosemary & Cactus Pear Muffins
Sweet potato & orange soup

Winter root vegetable recipes:

Mashed sweet potato and turnip with thyme butter
Parsnip & carrot chips
Panch Phoran Shalgam (i.e., Indian-spiced turnip)
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