Root, Tuber, and Bulb Vegetables
Root, tuber, and bulb vegetables such as turnips, potatoes, rutabagas, onions, and garlic have the ability to absorb the vitamins and minerals in the soil. The soil is full of nutrients and an excellent source of fiber. These vegetables are high in vitamins A, B, and C along with antioxidants. It is best to choose organic when buying because root and bulb vegetable easily absorbs toxins from the ground. You will find that root vegetables have a deeper sweeter flavor and tend to be juicer when in-season.
Nothing like good ‘ole winter citrus to help you combat the winter weather and it is peak season during the winter months. Tangerines, navel oranges, clementines, grapefruit, and tangelos are high in vitamin C, phytonutrients, fiber, potassium and cancer-fighting properties.
Winter squash brings the sweet flavor in the winter time with squashes such as buttercup, spaghetti, golden and acorn. Winter squash compared to summer squash are more nutritious, a better source of natural sugars and richer in complex carbohydrates and beta carotene. It also provides you vitamin A and C, potassium, and magnesium.
Ways to Prepare
- Baking or roasting the winter squash will bring out the sweetness of the squash even more. They are great pureed for a soup. Great substitute for potatoes.
- Chicory can be your winter replacement in your salads for summer greens. They can be braised, blanched or grilled to reduce the bitter flavor. Honey or some citrus will also cut that bitter flavor for you.
- Leafy greens just need some light cooking – steaming, blanching or sauté. It is best not to boil the greens unless you plan on drinking greens juice with your meal. Just chop them up and add to you soups or stew, you’ll be drinking the liquid anyway.
- The only way to eat citrus is – FRESH, baby! Add it to salads, smoothies, or juice it.
This winter, I want you to try to incorporate some of this produce into your winter dishes. I have created a Winter Produce Shopping List to help you incorporate these foods into your favorite dishes. Also, check out my Pinterest board for some recipes for winter produce. What produce will you be trying this winter?