By the time December comes knocking, the soft, sweet, tender fruits and veggies will be long gone and fine root veggies and winter greens are what greet many during the winter months and beyond. The only available home-grown organic fruits at that time are pears and apples. Mostly, people will always be too shaded by sweet potatoes and butternut squash to even notice the various fruits that hit the grocery store stands immediately the weather starts to revert back to normal. The following are some rare yet very delicious veggies and fruits that you can always try on your favorite healthy recipe.
Radishes – very rich in vitamin C and are quite crunchy in texture, radishes also have a somewhat sweet taste, making an ideal ingredient when used with some bit of sugar or salt. They make a perfect tender delicious side dish. Alternatively, you can stir-fry radishes with other vegetables to make a perfect soy sauce complement.
Cranberries – known to be very healthy and delicious, they are rich in vitamin C. They are also known to reduce the risk of some infections. Cranberries have also proven effective in improving HDL levels in the body (good cholesterol).
Blood oranges – quite rich in fiber and vitamin C, they are a great addition in winter desserts, salads, and drinks. They boast a very rich deep red hue, which makes them a very attractive addition in any holiday meal.
Cabbage – a mere cup of cabbage boasts 1005 of your daily-required intake of vitamin C, Vitamin K and fiber. As is with other cruciferous veggies, cabbage contains essential phytonutrients that help in detoxifying your body naturally
Kale – this is a very delicious vegetable of the winter that tends to get sweeter as frost hits the ground. It has this simple aroma that makes it a perfect addition to various flavors of meats. Nutritionally, kales are a superfood containing rich amounts of vitamins A, C, and K and some important calcium
Snow peas – this is a low-calorie type of veggie that is very rich in vitamins C n’ K. They are quite crunchy in their texture thus making them a very appetizing distinction to pasta. Be advised though that snow peas can only stay fresh for a only some days when stored in the refrigerator, hence you should ensure you cook them immediately after buying them.
Rhubarb – this is a type of stalk vegetable that flourishes under chilly weather and boasts a unique tart and fairly sour taste. As with all other quiche flavors, this vegetable is best made sweet using honey, sugar, or even fruit juice so as one can create a perfect symmetry of the acidity. Just like snow peas. Rhubarb is a low calorie vegetable rich in calcium, vitamins C n’ A.
Chestnuts – the chestnut tree is known to produce sweet fruits, although they are very seasonable as can only be found between the months of October through to December. Chestnuts are rich in Vitamin C. When used in various bread and vegetable recipes, chestnuts will introduce a faintly sweet and irresistible nutty flavor. It can be hard to find fresh chestnuts so you can try those which are bottled or check in specialty stores that sell groceries.
Artichokes – they are always available during early spring then disappear until early the winter period. While you will find convenient to get artichokes in cans, you will find fresh artichokes to be very delicious and naturally tasty. They are rich in folate, fiber, and vitamin C.
Persimmon – they boast a very distinctive texture which can be both firm and mushy. They are rich in vitamin C and fiber and introduce this distinctive tangy flavor when used in salads. You can also blend persimmon fruits into festive drinks or baked goods.
How to serve winter fruits and veggies
- Winter fruits and veggies will need some cooking.
- When preparing salads, ensure you add color and flavor so they can tempt you towards eating them during that cold time of the year. To make salads more enticing and attractive, you can add citrus parts, nuts, and chopped fruits. Alternatively, you can stew your fruits, and add some spices or something as simple as orange juice so that you can change the flavor a little bit
- If you are rushing against time, why don’t you pile up a bowl full of mixed fruit and then add some exotics such as fresh dates, kumquats, or lychees.
Regardless of how you choose to serve your winter fruits and veggies, just ensure you eat enough of them on a daily basis. During such a cold time of year when the bugs are just about, you will need to ensure your immunity is in its best shape, reason enough to ensure you take at least five parts of fruits and vegetables every day.