Well, New Yorkers, we’re approaching the first official day of winter. The holiday season is upon us, and with it many opportunities to celebrate with friends, family and food. As we’ve described before, fresh produce can add healthy, flavorful enrichment to your holiday celebrations; but you might be wondering, what produce could possibly be available in the middle of winter’s chill? As it turns out, many different kinds of produce are still bountiful around this time of year…here are just a few.
Vibrantly colored and versatile, beets are in season in many parts of the country during the winter months! Beets are high in vitamins and minerals, including potassium, magnesium, and boron; they’re a good addition to salads and stews, and they’re energy boosters with low caloric concentration.
As its name implies, winter squash is in season all over the country during this time of year. Winter squash comes in many varieties, including butternut, acorn, and several varieties of pumpkin. It’s low in calories and flavorful, and it’s as varied in color as it is in variety! Winter squashes are popular for use in pies and stews, and their visual variety lets you add a decorative flair to your seasonal dishes.
A leafy green standard, broccoli is one of the most popular, and nutritionally dense, vegetables around. It’s not much for protein, but it’s got tons of vitamins and minerals and you can use it in a wide variety of dishes. From soups and casseroles to salads and stir-fry dishes, broccoli is versatile and healthy–and it’s in season in many parts of the country during wintertime.
Brussels sprouts are in season during wintertime in Pennsylvania, as well as parts of the Northeast and much of the Southwest and Southeast–and primarily in California, which is why they’re an available winter crop. They’re rich in Vitamins C and A, as well as fiber; they’re good whole or chopped, in salads or as side dishes on their own.
As we’ve mentioned before (link to awesome apples blog here…PW), the apple is a versatile, immensely popular fruit whose cultivation goes way back in history. There are over 7,500 types of apple worldwide, and apples are great for use in everything from pies to salads and pastries. It’s also the fruit our fine city, the Big Apple, is unofficially named after!
What do all of these delicious types of produce have in common? You can find them right here at 3 Guys! We’re as proud as ever to be able to help keep you healthy, well fed and festive during the winter months. So drop on in and check out our selection–and happy winter!