What's In Season This Winter

Are you keen to add some new winter foods to your menu? Well, we’re here to point out a few that you may not have used before, but are in season this June to August. Here’s a mix of sweet, savoury, spicy, and adventurous produce to take your winter meals up a notch and keep the winter sniffles at bay.

Persimmon

These tomato-looking fruits come in two varieties: Fuyu and Hachiya. Your local farmer’s market guru should be able to tell you which is which. The Fuyu variety can be eaten crispy like an apple, while the Hachiya go really soft and juicy. Fuyu are great anywhere where you would use apples and Hachiya are perfect over porridge or in jams. Check out this winter-spice baked version, here.  

Persimmons are high in fibre, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C, so they’re perfect for keeping you healthy during winter months.

Rainbow Chard (Silverbeet or Swiss Chard)

Have you tried this beautiful veg yet? With big, glossy green leaves and stalks that range from red to orange to yellow, they are a treat to the stomach and the eyes. They’re versatile in recipes that call for cooked kale or bok choy. You simply have to separate the stalks, chop them up and give them a head start with cooking, before adding the leaves.

This veg is full of Vitamins K and A, as well as iron.

Swede (Rutabaga)

A lesser known member of the famous cruciferous family, these can be prepared similarly to potatoes but pack a more nutrient dense punch. Flavour them up with herbs and roast them with your potatoes like in this recipe, here.

Swedes are said to help digestion and provide a range of important minerals such as calcium, zinc and magnesium.

Kumquats

This citrus hits its prime time in Aussie winter. There are a few varieties, but the smallest grape-shaped variety known as Nagami, are easy to eat as snacks. Their skins are thin and sweet so they’re a no-peeling-necessary citrus to up your vitamin C--which we could all use on public transport during winter!

They’re also easy to keep as pot plants (even indoors) for fruit anytime you want some!

Horseradish

If you love spice, you’ll love horseradish. Though you can usually buy it processed in a jar, have a look at your local farmer’s market and see if you can spy this lille root vegetable in its true form. Grate it into recipes that call for some spice, salad dressings, or even in a spiked hummus, like this one. Remember to use it in small amounts, as it’s quite spicy. It can certainly help clear a blocked nose!

How adventurous will you be with your fruit and veg this winter? Only one way to know...pack your reusable shopping bags and hit the markets!