I tend to crave rich sweets during the cold winter months (especially around the holidays) and juicy fruits in the summer, so fruits and vegetables aren’t always at the top of my shopping list in December. I love fruits and vegetables, but I never know what to buy and when. What’s even in season during the winter? So naturally, I poked around the internet to find the answer. Check out some of the fruits and vegetables in season this month below!
Fruits and Vegetables in Season this Holiday
- Cooking Greens
- Winter Squash
- Salad Greens
A seasonality chart by CUESA.org says that the following are also in season: artichokes, arugula, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, celery, collards, garlic, mushrooms, mustard greens, onions, chile peppers, sprouts, turnips, avocados, citron, lemons, limes, mandarins, olives, oranges, pomegranates, pomelos, and more.
One vegetables in season that I find particularly delicious is Brussels sprouts. I hated sprouts as a kid, but that’s definitely changed. And it could for your child too. If they are hesitant, try pairing them with a favorite familiar food. Hint: the smaller sprouts that are a vibrant green are actually sweeter. What I love about Brussels sprouts is that they are only 10 calories per sprout and are packed with fiber, potassium, and Vitamin A. Find ways to work in sprouts this holiday. Here is a link from CUESA.org to a great Brussels sprouts recipe. This one is great for parties or events!
Roasted Radishes and Brussels Sprouts
Another great veggie in season is sweet potatoes. I am a fan of this veggie because it makes me feel good about eating something sweet! Sweet potatoes come in a variety of shades from the well-known orange to those with purple flesh. Different colors come with different nutrients, so try switching it up! Vitamins A and C, fiber, and potassium are some benefits of eating a scrumptious sweet potato. A medium-sized sweet potato is normally around 100 calories. Sweet potatoes are wonderful because they are so versatile. Whether served in alone, in a casserole side dish, or mixed into pancake mix, sweet potatoes are a great choice this holiday. Here is a sweet potato pecan pie recipe from CUESA.org!
Sweet Potato Pecan Pie
Even some citrus is in season right now. A great fruit choice is pomelos. If you aren’t familiar with them, they look like a large grapefruit (almost like a bowling ball) and they are native to south Asia. Pomelos lack the bitterness that can come from grapefruit. Also, they have thick skin, but plenty of juicy fruit to share. Here is a great yogurt recipe to share with your family. Maybe it will even replace your dessert! OK–at least one dessert.
Pomelo and Tangerine with Spiced Honey Yogurt
I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of fruits and vegetables in season this month! Are you taking advantage of fruits and vegetables this season? Let us know!