This winter seasonal produce guide is the perfect place to find local produce here in the Pacific Northwest.
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It’s mid January and the forecast has a healthy balance of rain and snow here in Portland, Oregon. With summer fruit and autumn veggies officially gone, you may be asking yourself: “what’s in season?”
Well, you’ve come to the right place! Today we’re going over some of the best produce you can find here in Oregon and the greater Pacific Northwest.
It’s all ripe, inexpensive, and in season. I present to you, the Winter Seasonal Produce Guide.
Let’s talk veggies.
When I think winter seasonal produce, I’m usually imagining them roasted with a whole chicken, slow cooked in hearty stews and soups.
The veggies in this guide are perfect for all of the above.
Let’s jump right in. Here are the veggies we’re working with this winter:
As you can see, items like alliums (garlic, shallots, onions, etc.) and root veggies are included and wonderful in developing flavor. Mushrooms, cauliflower, and broccoli make filling and texturally pleasing dishes.
With these winter veggies, the options are endless.
Wonderful winter fruit (and nuts!)
To be honest, I’ve always been a summer fruit girl. It’s tough to compete with peaches, berries and cherries.
That said, once you take the time to find winter seasonal produce, the fruit options are actually pretty delicious.
Let’s take a look:
- blood oranges
And hazelnuts get an honorable mention for nuts.
I might be alone here, but pomegranates and citrus alone could carry me through the winter months.
Especially when I’m sick, I enjoy having grapefruit in the mornings for breakfast for a boost of vitamin C. Pomegranate seeds go great sprinkled on just about anything. Persimmons have a unique texture and flavor and work well cut up and baked in cakes, muffins or breads.
Winter produce recipes
Ok, so you’ve read the winter seasonal produce guide. You recognized some of the fruits and veggies that you already know and love. Now what?
Below are some of my favorite recipes that highlight winter fruits and veggies:
- Pomegranate bacon crostini
- Persimmon bread
- Orange cauliflower
- Shiitake mushroom bowls
- Winter citrus salad