Baby, it's cold outside. But chilly temps don't stop veggies from growing underneath the frigid ground. In fact, there are numerous seasonal vegetables that are cultivated during the winter months.
Below is a list of what to look for in grocery stores and farmer's markets. Stock up on winter veggies and fruits! Each option is linked to delicious recipes.
· Brussels Sprouts should be firm and compact, with bright green heads. High in vitamin C.
· Collard Greens come in bunches and should have dark green leaves, with no yellowing. Good source of calcium and fiber.
· Dates should be shiny, uniformly colored and intact, and can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a year. Contain antioxidants and are high in potassium and fiber.
· Leeks should be firm, crisp stalks with as much white and light green sections as possible. Leeks are a member of the onion family, but have a sweeter, subtler flavor and can be eaten raw or cooked.
· Persimmons are smooth, brightly colored, plump, glossy and well rounded. An excellent source of fiber.
· Sweet Potatoes should be firm, small-to-medium sized with smooth skin. High in vitamins A and C.
· Turnips come in all shapes and colors; small to medium ones are sweetest. They may be eaten raw or cooked and are a good source of vitamin C.
Yearlong Farmer Markets
Chicago has several yearlong farmers market where you can find locally grown winter vegetables and other treats.