Seasonality of what you consume is more important than ever. Not only are restaurants adopting the practice of creating dishes that use ingredients that are in season, but many grocery stores are also beginning to do the same.
One of the most important things you can do is to arm yourself with the knowledge of what's in season during certain months so you can make the most out of the produce.
In-season produce not only tastes better, but you're also supporting the local farmers and eliminating your carbon footprint by minimizing orders for items that aren't available in your area, but are grown across the world and have to be shipped.
Here's what's in season during Winter 2016.
Carrots don't have to just be a boring snack; reimagine what carrots can taste like by roasting them, searing them, boiling them, and steaming them.
Brussels sprouts are certainly not everyone's favorites, but when made right, they're incredible. Key tip: don't under- or overcook your sprouts!
Cooked or eaten raw, turnips will give you all the vitamin C you need to keep you healthy and happy through the winter.
Makes sense that winter squash is seasonal during the winter, right? They work best in comfort food recipes, so it's certainly good that they're best during the cold months.
Earthy and wonderfully sweet, beets are a great addition to any dish. Only precaution: wear gloves when dealing with them! Beet juices work as a very powerful dye.
Delightful in salads, as desserts, and as snacks, the apple is one of the most versatile foods around.
Incorporate this powerful cruciferous vegetable to punch up your nutritional intake this winter.
Sweet and juicy, pears will brighten up your winter. They are great in both savory and sweet dishes.
Cabbage is a lot more interesting than you think. Use your cold winter days wisely and try out some new recipes starring cabbage.
Alright, so potatoes are in season most of the year, but is there anything more satisfying than a big bowl of mashed potatoes? We think not.
Sticking to seasonal foods can be tough; it's not the easiest to stick to things that only have a window of a few months.
What are your favorite vegetables during the winter season? Let us know in the comments section!