Winter is the perfect time to cozy up and enjoy the colder climate. But it’s a pain for folks who need fresh produce all year long. It’s hard to grow certain types of vegetables and fruits during the winter but the good news is you don’t have to resort to eating potatoes all winter long. Below are some of the best fruits and veggies you can enjoy when the temperature drops:
Cabbage is not only cheap and nutritious; it’s also one hardy green. It’s loaded in vitamins and minerals including folate, vitamin C, and K as well as fiber and antioxidants called glucosinolates. What’s more, some types of cabbages are available throughout fall and winter season. You can stock up or get them fresh from the farmer’s market. Just make sure to store them carefully using a plastic wrap and stash them in the fridge to maintain freshness. Cabbages can stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Kumquat is a type of fruit that’s loosely similar to olives. The fruit have edible skins and is native to China. It’s also available all winter long! Kumquat is a superfood that’s packed with cancer-fighting antioxidants. It’s also full of fiber and high in vitamin A and C as well as potassium.
You can add sliced kumquats to your favorite salads or as flavoring to other dishes. You can also incorporate kumquats to dips. This fruit keeps well; so if you love to stock up, that’s not a problem. When stowed away in the fridge, kumquats will remain fresh for up to two weeks.
Winter squashes like butternut, kabocha, and delicata peak during the fall and winter season. All types of squash are loaded with vitamin A, potassium, and carotenoids that may help prevent certain types of cancers. Squash are very versatile too; you can add it to your favorite pies for a touch of creaminess or to soups and various dishes. Ideally, you want to keep the squash in a cool, dry place like a cellar. If the conditions are right, this winter staple will remain fresh for up to 3 months!
If you love exotic fruits then make sure to add star fruit to your list of winter fruits to stock up on this season. Star fruits, as the name implies, are shaped like a star. They are distinct for their even yellow color, and their strong, fruity aroma. Star fruit is high in vitamin C, potassium, and it has lower calories than most types of fruits. It contains polyphenols that prevent inflammation — and it’s full of fiber too!
Watch out when storing star fruits; they bruise easily. Just store them in the fridge and they are good to eat for up to a week. You can add star fruit to your favorite drinks, in salads, and even as ingredient for baked goodies.
Sweet potatoes are perfect for dieters who want to incorporate complex carbs into their diet without gaining weight. This versatile tuber is available all year round and they are chockfull of beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin C and A, as well as cancer-fighting bioactive. You can add sweet potatoes to your favorite baked goods, soups, or simply eat them boiled.