What's in Season: Winter Edition
Each season offers their own unique fresh vegetables and distinct flavors. Today on the blog, we’re sharing What’s in Season: Winter Edition. Some of Winter's best veggies include Napa Cabbage, broccoli, kale, beets and leeks. We’re highlighting each of these veggies at their peak and listing nutrition facts for each!
According to SAVEUR.com, "When it comes to fresh vegetables, people tend to think about spring and summer and the incredibly bounty those seasons bring. It's true that the colder months offer a more limited range of produce, but it's by no means impossible to eat delicious in-season vegetables in the winter. Enjoy these veggies at their peak and take advantage of cold-weather produce by visiting our Recipe section!
Bok choy is a type of Chinese cabbage known for its mild flavor that serves as the perfect complement to other foods in dishes like stir-fries. The dark green leaves keep their sweet flavor and crisp texture even after cooking, but you can also eat both the white stalks and leaves raw. Bok choy is often referred to as the “soup spoon” because of the shape of its leaves.
BroccoLeaf isn’t a new vegetable—it’s just new to the produce aisle! This veg is simply the leaves that grow on and around broccoli heads packed with even more powerhouse nutrients. With twice as much calcium as kale and 100% of your recommended daily value of vitamin C, BroccoLeaf is the newest supergreen on the scene. Farmers have long used broccoli leaves to replenish the soil because of their nutrients and cleansing properties. If it’s good for the earth, it’s good for the body.
Broccoli is the original superfood. It’s full of potassium and folate, along with vitamins A, B6 and C. It’s also proven to combat cancer: it contains sulforaphane which fights colon, prostate, breast cancer and more. And at 5 grams of fiber per cup, you’ll stay fuller, longer. Broccoli often reminds us of little trees, but it's their florets that matter most. Proper harvest calls for picking broccoli before its flowers bloom.
Beets contain high levels of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents that may help reduce the risk of some cancers. Also,high levels of unique fiber found in beets may be linked to a lower risk of colon cancer.
Golden beets are a descendant of a sea vegetable. The main difference between red and gold beets is the pigment compound. Gold beets are rich in b-xanthin, while red beets are rich in betacyanin.
Red beets get their striking red color from betacyanin, a plant pigment that some preliminary research indicates might help defend cells against harmful carcinogens.
Foxy Organic offers green kale, red kale and lacinato kale. Packed with nutrients, kale makes for a tasty addition to seasonal soups, casseroles and simple sautéed side dishes. It’s slightly bitter flavor shines when raw, baked, sautéed, or stewed. It’s particularly high in vitamin A and vitamin C: just one serving has more than 100 percent of your recommended daily value for both vitamins.
Leeks are the perfect addition to risottos, salads and stews!
Leeks are cousins of the onion, but have a harsher flavor when eaten raw and a milder flavor when cooked. Leeks are good sources of vitamin A and C, which aid the immune system.
Napa cabbage is a type of Chinese cabbage like bok choy. It grows in an oblong head with tight pale green to white leaves. Napa cabbage boasts similar health benefits to other cabbages, but tastes a bit milder and sweeter than regular green cabbage.
Napa cabbage may be best known for its use in the Korean dish kimchi, but did you know that the name Napa is actually a Chinese word that roughly translates to “leaf?”
Sweet Baby Broccoli
Sweet baby broccoli is just what it sounds like. It’s a hybrid between broccoli and a Chinese kale. This cross lends to a sweeter taste and softer texture that screams easy eats. It isn't a "baby" veggie at all - it contains just as much cancer-fighting sulforaphane as an average broccoli stalk.
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