The average vegetable is not in season during the winter months; therefore, the average shopper looks to traditional winter veggies in order to get their vitamins and minerals. The most common veggie we look to during these cold, bleak months is the sweet potato. It is, after all, synonymous with cold weather. But there are so many vegetables out there that claim the winter months as their harvest season. No longer do you have to reach for only the sweet potato or maybe a butternut squash.
By recognizing which veggies are in season during the cold weather, you will be able to maintain a healthy diet without getting bored with the traditional winter fare. Here are four veggies that are always forgotten when the temperature drops.
Although artichokes come into season in late spring, they are also in season in the early winter months of November and December. Often, shoppers opt to buy artichokes in cans for simplicity; however, fresh artichokes are much more flavorful. And what’s more, artichokes are rich in fiber and in Vitamin C. And to help your body produce new cells, artichokes also contain folate.
Try making a fresh artichoke dip, which goes perfectly with crackers. If you want to make an authentic Italian pizza, artichokes, along with red peppers, olives, and mushrooms will make you feel like you’re on the streets of Naples.
Forget winter; radishes are forgotten all year round, which is a travesty. Radishes are a great source of Vitamin C, something many people lack in the colder months. The little veggies are a great addition to any salad, and their crisp, slightly sweet flavor is a perfect complement to any veggie platter. Radishes also make an excellent side dish if you cook them with a little salt and sugar, or in a stir-fry with more traditional vegetables, such as cucumbers.
Cabbage is a very diverse vegetable and can be included in many dishes. Plus, the nutritional value of cabbage is through the roof. A simple cup of cabbage provides you with 100 percent of your daily requirement of Vitamin K, with ample amounts of Vitamin C and fiber. And what’s more, cabbages also contain phytonutrients, which will naturally detox your body, which is especially helpful considering the pollutants you likely ingested during the holidays.
One common dish is to make stuffed cabbage. Simply mix in your favorite meat (sausage works the best) along with your favorite spices and shove them all into a cabbage that you cut to look like a cup. It’s a very filling and nutritious meal to fill your belly.
The rhubarb thrives in cold temperatures, making it almost exclusive to the winter months. Nutritionally speaking, rhubarb contains ample quantities of Vitamin C, A and also calcium. Rhubarb has been made famous by pie, which shouldn’t be seen as a negative, considering rhubarb has very little calories. Add to that the fact that rhubarb is naturally sour and little tart, mixing it with sugar (or honey) in a pie is a logical way to get your rhubarb fix.