Thursday, January 14, 2010

What's In Season?

Produce is at its peak nutritional value when it is ripe. The majority of fruits and vegetables that have to travel long distances before they reach your convenient neighborhood supermarket are often picked before they have received the full nutritional benefits of ripening on the vine.

Choosing produce from your local market that is in-season means that you will be getting the added benefits of buying more nutritionally dense produce, and you may also notice that the produce is cheaper than off-season goods. Due to the fact that there is a larger supply of an item when it is ripe and in-season, they are generally cheaper because of the extra supply.

Here is a list of what is in season for January:
  • Avocados
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Chicory
  • Grapefruit
  • Greens (cooking)
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lemons
  • Mushrooms
  • Oranges
  • Parsnips
  • Pears
  • Shallots
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tangelos
  • Tangerines
  • Turnips
  • Winter Squash

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