For people who live in Canada, it can be hard to image that any fruit or vegetable can be in season in January. Harsh temperature dips and constant snow make it feel like nothing is “seasonal” during the early winter months. Luckily, however, there are plenty of in-season fruit and vegetable options for January.
Eating seasonally has a few benefits. It helps keep grocery costs low, it helps keep your meals fresh, and it helps keep your meal ideas inspired. Here’s a list of some fruits and vegetables that are in season this month to inspire your January meals:
Beets are an excellent source of dietary fiber, magnesium, and vitamin C. Plus, there are a lot of different ways to use beets in cooking. Roast them, make a soup with them, or add them to a salad. This roasted beet salad with feta and lemon zest vinaigrette is full of flavour and is a healthy alternative to all those heavy holiday meals we all enjoyed.
Did you know that kale is one of the world’s healthiest foods? Kale is also having a bit of a moment right now, so it’s showing up in a lot of recipes. Kale can be sautéed on its own. It can also be added to soups and pasta to add more green leafy vegetables to your diet. Or, it can be used raw as a base for salads. Kale also goes really well with fish, so try this kale pasta with chili and anchovy recipe this month.
Turnips are hearty root vegetables that can be used in soups and stews. Similar in flavour to radishes, they’re also great roasted and make a less-starchy alternative to potatoes. Make this roasted turnips and mushrooms recipe to pair with your next Sunday roast.
Jerusalem artichokes, also known as sunchokes, have an earthy and sweet taste. You can cook them the way you cook potatoes or parsnips. Or try this crispy Jerusalem artichoke with aged balsamic recipe this January.
Grapefruits can help protect against certain cancers and can also help boost the metabolism. Try this avocado and grapefruit salad recipe for lunch this week to enjoy this seasonal fruit.
Passion fruits provide a lot of reasons to add them to your diet this January – they stimulate digestion, boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, and improve eyesight. Start your morning or end your day with this delicious passion fruit and mango smoothie.
Pomegranates are a rich source of fibre, antioxidants, vitamin C, and have anti-inflammatory properties. You can enjoy them raw on their own or add them as a garnish to salads. This January, give this pomegranate roasted chicken a try.
What’s your favourite January fruit or vegetable? Share your recipes with us in the comments!
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