Savouring the season
Seasons change, and so should the fruits and vegetables you put on your plate. Eating seasonally means the food will taste better, it will be cheaper and it supports sustainability as the produce is likely to be sourced locally. Here are some great winter fruits and vegetables to add to your shopping basket.
This bright yellow citrus fruit is one of the most versatile foods you can have in your kitchen. Use it to make juice and salad dressings, add it to smoothies or combine it in a marinade for meat. With vitamins C, B6, A and E, lemons are full of health benefits.
Rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, lycopene and fibre, grapefruit is a wonder fruit. It also boosts digestion and can aid in weight loss. With its bitter sweetness, grapefruit is a great addition to salads, salsas and smoothies.
Also known as chard, and packed with vitamins A and C, silver beet is a great leafy green vegetable to incorporate into your diet. Add raw silver beet leaves to salads, slice and use in a stir fry, or add to quiches and soups.
Known for its deep purple colour, beetroot can be eaten raw, roasted or boiled. Grate raw beetroot into a salad, include them in your next roast dinner, or get adventurous and make a dessert. The earthy sweetness of beetroot makes them ideal for cakes and brownies.
Kiwifruit is as tasty as it is pretty. This wonderful green fruit is low in fructose and is packed with vitamin C and dietary fibre. Add some sliced kiwifruit to plain yoghurt for a healthy snack, add to a fruit salad or scoop out the flesh with a spoon and enjoy it on its own.
The bountiful banana – it’s the perfect ingredient in fruit salads, smoothies and juice blends, banana breads and muffins, and an incredible caramelised sweet treat when pan fried. With vitamins C and B6, folate, potassium, fibre, magnesium and niacin, bananas are full of the good stuff. Enjoy them year-round.
This brilliant, bright orange fruit is another winter citrus favourite. A good source of vitamin C, antioxidants and potassium, mandarins are great for blood pressure control and protecting against heart disease. Popular varieties of mandarins include imperial, murcott and afourer.