Winter is considered a sparse time for fruit and vegetables, but you’d be surprised what a variety of produce there is at this time! Seasonal produce is fresher, cheaper and has the most benefit for the planet, requiring less resources to transport and store. Seasonal fruit and veggies have a richer flavour and more sustenance, providing nutrients to match the time of year.
In Ayurveda, there is a specific term – ritucharya – which applies to the classification of what best to eat during each season to maintain optimal health and prevent illness.
Here is a list of winter vegetables and fruits to inspire you. It’s also a great opportunity to support local growers and try new foods:
Fruit – apple, avocado, feijoa, grapefruit, kiwi, lemon, lime, mandarin, nashi, orange, pear, persimmon, pineapple.
Vegetables – broccoli, broccolini, broad bean, brussels sprouts, cabbage, capsicum, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, leek, mushroom, okra, parsnip, potato, pumpkin, raddish, shallot, silverbeet, spinach, swede , sweet potato, turnip.
Herbs – ginger, coriander, dill, mint, oregano.
Don’t hide from Winter – make the most of this nourishing season!