Winter produce provides us with nutrient-dense and warming foods, exactly what the body craves as the temperature drops - from hearty root vegetables to bright, sweet citrus fruits.
During winter you can say hello to the juiciest and sweetest citrus fruits, from lemons, limes, mandarin, oranges, and grapefruit - full of vitamin C just in time to help you fight the cold and flu season. Did you know vitamin c also helps with the absorption of iron - so pair it with iron rich foods. We like to use the juice and zest of citrus fruits to add freshness to rich dishes, add to marinades or mix with some good-quality extra virgin olive oil for a simple dressing.
Celery thrives with constant watering so it makes sense that winter is therefore the ideal season to grow it.
Celery, carrot and onion sautéed in butter or oil, until soft or until deep brown is known as sofrito - it adds depth to dishes like slow cooks, soup, stews and bolognese's which coincidentally we love during the winter.
It also can be eaten raw, like in this Celery salad with dates, parmesan and crunchy roasted almonds - perfect for when your craving a fresh salad but cucumber, tomatoes and typical salad ingredients aren’t in season.
Think carrots, parsnip, sweet potato, beetroot and potatoes, these hearty vegetables are robust enough to withstand the cooler weather and are the perfect vegetable to roast or make into a creamy warming soup - is there anything better than a bowl of soup on a winter day?
Carrots and beetroot can also be eaten raw and are delicious grated into a healthy colourful salad.
Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and kale are often available all year round, so you may have thought they aren’t effected by the seasons, but in fact they thrive in the cooler months which mean they are more nutrient-rich and flavourful during winter.
They can also be eaten raw so add them to slaws and salads - perfect for when you're craving freshness and crunch during the cooler months.