7 Winter Produce Ideas Worth Trying

by Victoria Le Maire, RD, LD

Last Updated: December 14, 2020

With the cold coming in quickly, you may not have realized that with dropping temperatures comes a new round of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Just because our days grow shorter doesn’t mean our crops stop growing. Shopping for winter fruits and vegetables in season adds more flavor and the greatest value to your meals.
  1. Belgian Endive
    This is a delicate-looking and slightly bitter vegetable which shows up most often in salads. This is a type of lettuce with pale yellow leaves that are tightly packed and have slightly curly edges. Never tried it before? This crisp vegetable has a bitter flavor that may be an acquired taste unless you pair it with something sweet like fruit. Cooking Belgian Endive will allow the flavors to soften and mellow. Try this tangy apple and grape salad recipe for a crunch and satisfying weeknight meal.
  2. Brussels Sprouts
    Try out this delicious vegetable from the produce section for a good and tasty bite of nutrition. When choosing fresh, select a firm, compact, and bright green Brussels sprout head. These are a good source of fiber, vitamin B-6, copper, and manganese. Additionally, it’s high in vitamin C, which can help boost your immune system! Try Brussels sprouts in many different ways, including our favorite, which is to roast them in the oven and toss them in olive oil and sea salt! Simplicity at its finest.
  3. Clementine
    This excellent source of vitamin C is currently in season and tastier than ever. This grab-and-go option of fruit is a great option to keep on-hand to help you meet your daily fruit intake. Choose soft clementines with a uniform orange color, shiny skin with no blemishes or wrinkles.
  4. Delicata Squash
    This visually appealing squash is yellow with green striations on its rind. If it’s a light green, that means it isn’t quite ripe yet! Store squash in a cool, dry place, as it can last for up to 3 months! Delicata squash is an excellent source of vitamin A, and a good source of vitamin C. Try adding this veggie to your next whole grain bowl for a simple vegetarian dish.
  5. Grapefruit
    Grown in California, Florida, Arizona, and Texas, this fruit comes into season in January and stays sweet until summer. Aim to select a smooth, firm, blemish-free grapefruit heavy for its size to get the best quality. Store grapefruit at room temperature up to one week or in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.
  6. Sweet Potato
    A dietitian favorite, sweet potato is a fiber-rich carbohydrate that offers you energy for hours. It’s a good potassium source and naturally low in sodium, which may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. The sweet potato doesn’t only have to be a side-dish. Consider making it the star of your next plant-based meal.
  7. Turnip
    This veggie doesn’t get the credit it deserves. It’s a vegetable that has a sharp yet bright and sweet flavor. Turnips can be used not only in casseroles but also in a smooth, creamy soup to keep you warm on a cool night. Choose heavy turnips without soft spots. Small-to-medium ones will be the sweetest in flavor.
Although our list doesn’t cover every type of produce in season, we encourage you to try something new and add seasonal produce to your next grocery trip. Buying in-season produce will help manage your budget and enhance the essence of the recipe it’s used in.

Disclaimer: This information is educational only and not providing healthcare recommendations. Please see a healthcare provider.

Victoria Le Maire, RD, LD

Victoria Le Maire, RD, LD

Victoria is a dedicated dietitian with a love for helping others develop a positive relationship with food, while setting realistic goals. Victoria has professional experience with various conditions such as strokes, diabetes and weight management. She strives to make a nutritious lifestyle attainable for all. You can catch Victoria scratch-cooking at home, trying new workouts at her local gym or spending time with her dog, Jack.