What's In Season in the Winter

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Want to know what's in season during the winter? You'd be surprised to find plenty of fruits and vegetables blossom in flavor during cold weather months.

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Kumquats

This tiny Asian citrus fruit has a sweet skin and tart flesh. Bright orange when ripe, kumquats can be eaten whole and are perfect for salads, preserves and marinades. Their peak growing season runs from November to March.

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Blood Oranges

From December to April, you might see these sweet citrus fruits for sale. The red hue comes from the presence of antioxidant pigments called anthocyanins. Try them peeled and cut in slices over salads.

Get the recipe: Watercress and Fennel Salad with Blood Orange and Thyme Vinaigrette

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Pomegranates

Garnish the sweet and tart seeds on salads, or extract their antioxidant-rich juice. From September to February, pomegranates are in season in the Northern Hemisphere.

Get the recipe: Pomegranate Duck

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Turnips

This root vegetable is perfect for soups and stews, and the nutrient-packed greens are delicious steamed or sauteed. The turnip peak season runs from November to mid-April.

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Leeks

These firm vegetables with white bases and bright green leaves are available all-year, but their peak season runs from fall to early spring. When cooked, they produce a delicate flavor that can boost soups.

Get the recipe: Leek, Potato & Spinach Stew

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Parsnips

These knobby and pale root vegetables taste sweet and earthy when cooked. Found all year round, they are best enjoyed in season from October to May.

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Persimmons

In season from November to February, these sweet, golden fruits are native to Asia and are usually of two common varieties: fuyu and hachiya. Firm fuyus have a crisper texture and are great for slicing into salads, while soft, fleshy hachiyas can be used in baking recipes.

Get the recipe: Persimmon Walnut Romaine Salad with Maple Yogurt Dressing

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Kale

This dark, leafy green grows best in the colder months of fall and winter. Boost your salads by swapping lettuce with this nutrient-packed vegetable.

Get the recipe: Kale Caesar Salad

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What's in season during the winter? Your local grocery store might appear well-stocked with all your favorite summer fruits and vegetables like tomatoes and strawberries, but produce grown outside of its peak season can lack fresh flavor and even key nutrients.

Check out the slideshow above to discover eight fruits and vegetables you should eat during the winter and our favorite recipes for them.

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