Walking through the produce aisle at the grocery store during winter can be sort of depressing. The lack-luster berries and peaches are not tempting at all when compared with their tasty summer versions, and though apples are technically ‘in season’ throughout the winter, it’s hard to pick them off the shelves when we have had the opportunity to pick them off of a tree during autumn. It is during winter, however, that citrus fruits are at their peak. Though unfortunately none of these fruits are locally grown, they are all at their freshest, tastiest, and cheapest during the winter months. Grapefruits, oranges, clementines, lemons, limes and many other varieties of these Vitamin C loaded fruits are in abundance in our local grocery stores, and are at their best. They stay fresh for around a week if stored in a cool place and can be incorporated into your diet in a variety of ways. Enjoy a grapefruit or orange with your breakfast, put them in salads, or use for making vinaigrettes or marinades. Liven up your water with a few squeezes of juice, or stock up on lemons and make some limoncello.
Here are a few recipes I’m looking forward to making:
- Quinoa Salad with Grapefruit, Avocado, and Arugula
- Orange Chip Cranberry Bread
- Seared Salmon with Citrus Soy Glaze
* Be sure to check back for some good winter vegetable suggestions coming soon.
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