|Kumquats are a tasty winter fruit.|
In a perfect world, you would pick the fruit and use it immediately. That’s possible for very few of us, unfortunately, as most Americans no longer grow their own foods and more of us than ever are city dwellers, where even our neighbors may not grow food during warmer seasons.
And then comes winter – is it possible to enjoy vitamin-rich healthy fruits in winter? Fortunately, yes, if you make a few strategic adjustments to your buying habits and fruit selection.
|Many citrus fruits naturally ripen|
Winter time fruits are available locally, depending on where you live. Here are some that may be available to you locally:
- CLEMENTINES – a small, sweet orange available fresh in many areas of the U.S. from December until Spring.
- GRAPEFRUIT – if you live in the state of Texas, California, Florida, or Arizona, it comes into season in the heart of winter.
- KIWIS – in temperate areas, they can be fresh-harvested winter through Spring.
- KUMQUATS - often eaten raw and whole, they have a sweet rind and sour center throughout winter.
- LEMONS – often tastiest when harvested in winter or spring.
- MANDARINS – small citrus fruit also known as the Christmas orange, peak season is December.
- ORANGES – different varieties ripen at different times, but as a winter fruit, you can't go wrong with this vitamin C packed citrus.
- PEARS – different varieties are in season from late summer through early spring.
- PERSIMMONS – catch ‘em quick – they ripen between Autumn and early winter.
- TANGERINES – in season from October through April.
Where to find in-season fresh fruitsOne of the best ways to ensure that you’re getting the freshest of fresh picks is to buy from local sources. And unless you've got a fruit or vegetable farmer living next door, your best resource is your nearest farmers market.
If you’re not sure where your local farmer’s markets are, you’re in luck, thanks to the Internet. Here are two great resources for locating farmers’ markets in your area, or anywhere you may be traveling to in the U.S.
Local Harvest site focuses on helping you find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainable grown food in your area. Local harvest provides two ways to search: either by clicking on their interactive map of the U.S. to zoom into your area, or a more traditional search engine. The latter option allows you to zero in on just farmers’ markets and even on a specific fruit or vegetable, using the product search box:
|Farmers' market search options available at Local Harvest|
|USDA Farmers' Market database, with the option to filter search by fruit|
In-season fruit recipesDepending on where you live in the U.S., you may be able to enjoy one of the following in-season fresh fruit recipes, from Food Fit (From the HealthCentral Network), incorporating fun options, such as tangelo, blood orange, pomelo, and lime fruits:
- Tangerine Teriyaki Tuna
- Winter Fruit Salad
- Allen Susser's Orange-Mango Salsa
- Pan Roasted Scallops with Mandarins and Chickpeas
- Patrick O'Connell's Rhubarb Pizzas
- Michael Lomonaco's Strawberry-Rhubarb Shortcake
- Watercress and Pomegranate Salad
- Pomegranate Dressing
- Broiled Persimmons
- Pears Poached in Syrup
- Passion Fruit Sauce
- Avocado and Kumquat Salad
- Tropical Fruit Salsa
- Caramelized Grapefruit
- Muesli with Red and Green Grapes
- Cranberry Butternut and Roast Shallot Couscous
- Banana Fruit Smoothie