The value of in-season produce
In-season produce are fruits and vegetables that are typically grown in the current time of the year, in your current climate. These fruits and vegetables are not only tastier and fresher during their peak time of year, but are usually easier to obtain and less expensive than other produce items that are out-of-season. In-season produce items may be purchased fresh, but can also be enjoyed frozen or canned with the often similar nutritional benefits as fresh! If choosing to enjoy these in-season items frozen or canned, it is recommended to look for fruit that is canned in 100% natural juice or water and vegetables that are canned with no added sodium, or salt.
So… what is in-season this Holiday Season?!
I recommend focusing on incorporating more citrus fruits into your diet this winter. Not only will these fruits be extra tasty, fresh, and budget friendly, but will also provide you with Vitamin C, an antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties to help keep you healthy during this winter season!
Tip: Squeeze some lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit into your water for some added flavor and Vitamin C!
- Bok choy
- Brussels sprouts
- Broccoli rabe
- Collard Greens
- Mustard Greens
- Sweet Potatoes/Yams
- Swiss Chard
- Winter Squash
So many of the winter vegetables are so tasty either roasted on a sheet-pan or tossed into a salad! Here are some of my favorite winter salad recipes using the in-season vegetables listed above:
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad
Apple Fennel Salad
Roasted Beet and Winter Squash Salad
Charred Kale with Citrus and Green Tahini
Roasted Root Vegetable Bowl
Here at Sequence, we hope you have a wonderful holiday season enjoying not just in-season produce, but friends, family, and another year of health! Happy 2023!