recipeYou’ve picked out what you would like to serve, wrote down what ingredients you need to purchase, and get yourself ready to go to the supermarket. As you are searching high and low for that one specific ingredient, you just can’t seem to find it. Does this sound familiar? If so, you aren’t alone!

As you may already know, foods have seasons. Chances are if you can’t seem to find it in the store, it isn’t in season! However, some items are still in the store even though they aren’t technically in season, but they may lack the same flavor as when they are in season.

When choosing menu items, take into consideration the time of the year and where you live. If you live in warmer climates, the food items that are in season will be different than if you live in colder climates.

Here are the fruits & vegetables that are in season this winter:
winter foods

Apple

Artichokes

Avocados

Broccoli

Brussels Sprouts

Bananas

Blood Oranges

Beets

Cabbage

Carrots

Cauliflower

Cranberries

Celeriac

Celery

Fennel

Grapefruit

Grapes

Kale

Kumquats

Leeks

Lemons

Limes

Onions

Oranges

Parsnips

Pear

Pomegranates

Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes

Pumpkin

Radicchio

Snow Peas

Turnips

Winter Squash
Depending on your location, there may be some items that are either not on this list and are in season or you may see items on this list that aren’t in season near you. Want to know if it is in season near you? Check out this Seasonal Food Guide.

Take advantage of the availability of these fruits and vegetables by trying some new recipes. If you have never tried one or more of these items, try them in their prime.

Here are some places to find recipes:

All Recipes

Betty Crocker 

Cooking Light

Food Network

Martha Stewart

Let us know what recipes you try out and if you find a new fruit or vegetable to call your favorite during the winter.

When we switch to a new season, be sure to check back to see what is in season. You may be surprised to find some of the same items remain while others disappear.