Friday, January 8, 2010

Savoring the Season - Feast on Winter's Offerings

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When thinking of winter, an image of harvest doesn't necessarily come to mind, but there are plenty of seasonal delights to savor this time of year. Sample the fresh produce that winter has on offer. Decorate your home with seasonal blooms. Flowing with the cycles of the seasons puts us in direct contact with our own internal rhythms. It also allows us to merge with the dance of life and live in a way that is kind to our bodies, our local farmers and the planet. Eating in harmony with the seasons has numerous benefits...
  • Produce that is in-season has the most dense nutritional value.
  • Eating with the flow of the seasons encourages variety in food choices which ensures balanced nutrition.
  • When you buy local and in-season you stimulate the economy in your community.
  • Produce that is in-season is more affordable, allowing you to save some cash.
  • When you buy local and in-season you reduce your carbon footprint. You do your part to not contribute to pollution caused by shipping, packaging and storage.
Enjoy sampling from the following lists of winter's produce and blooms.

Vegetables In-Season December - January - February:

Artichokes
Lettuce
Bok choy
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Radishes
Rhubarb
Snow peas
Winter squash
Sweet potatoes
Celery root
Watercress
Kale
Rutabaga
Parsnips

Fruits In-Season December - January - February:

Bananas
Pears
Blood oranges
Persimmons
Clementines
Pomegranates
Cranberries
Pummelos
Grapefruit
Kiwi
Satsuma oranges
Kumquats
Passion fruit
Tangerines

Fresh Seasonal Blooms December - January - February:

Alstromeria
Amaryllis
Carnation
Chrysanthemums
Cyclamen
Gerbera daisy
Lily
Asiatic lily
Casa Blanca lily
Narcissus
Orchid
Pansy
Phlox
Queen Anne's lace
Roses
Statice





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