In Season Produce in December
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In Season Produce in December

Posted on Monday, December 1st, 2014 at 7:00 am
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grapefruitThe best time to buy fresh produce is when it is in season. Every fruit and vegetable has a certain time of the year when it is at its most plentiful. It tends to be sold at its lowest price of the year during that season. Here is a quick look at what is still in season in December, what is no longer in season, and which foods are newly in season this month.

What’s still in season?
Produce doesn’t pay attention to the same calendar that we do. As such, there are times when a particular fruit or vegetable has a season that spans more than one month.

Apples are staying in season in December. So are the cranberries you enjoyed at Thanksgiving dinner. Other fruits that remain in season include: dates, oranges, pears, persimmons, pomegranates, and tangerines.

What about the vegetables? Beets, a vegetable that everyone seems to have a strong opinion about, are still in season. Broccoli and Brussels sprouts are, too. You can continue to enjoy hearty vegetables like cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnips and winter squash. Other vegetables that will stay in season in December include: celery, kale, mushrooms, peppers, onions, spinach, radishes and Swiss chard.

What’s new?
It might sound counter-intuitive, but there actually are some fruits that go into season in December. Many are of the type that people might consider to be “tropical”. In short, they are the fruits that grow in places that stay warm all year round. Some include: grapefruit, lemons, papayas, passion fruit, and tangelos.

Many vegetables that were in season during November are still in season now. New additions include: bok choy, collard greens, escarole, fennel, mustard greens, and radicchio.

What’s out of season in December?
Every month, there will be foods that slip out of season. You are going to have to wait until next year to get them at a low price. Say goodbye to the clementines. If you miss them, try an orange, persimmon, or tangerine instead. (All of them are still in season).

Garlic goes out of season in December. Typically, this means that its price will start to go back up. Pumpkin, a vegetable everyone wants in October and November, goes out of season in December. This may be an issue for those who like to bake pumpkin pies from scratch for dessert on Christmas. There are also some other types of squash that are no longer in season. Try the winter squash instead.

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