Save on In Season Produce in January
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Save on In Season Produce in January

Posted on Monday, January 5th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Look for the produce that is in season. It will be at the best price of the entire year! Here is what to shop for in JanuaryThis year could be the one in which you start eating seasonally. Many restaurants create new menu items as the seasons change in order to take advantage of the abundance of in season produce. You can save money when you buy fruits or vegetables that are in season. They are at the lowest price of the year! Here is a quick look at the produce that is in season during January.

What Product to Buy in January

What’s still in season?
Apples are staying in season during January. Now is a good time to add some fresh apple slices to your oatmeal or to make an apple pie from fresh ingredients. Oranges and tangerines will still be in season, too. Each one contains vitamin C, something many people feel helps the body to fight colds.

Pears and pomegranates are still in season. So are grapefruits, pomegranates, tangerines and passion fruits. In other words, January includes some of the same tropical fruits that were in season during December.

January also has some vegetables that went into season during December and that will remain in season this month. Many of them are vegetables that people tend to have strong feelings about – they either love them or hate them! These veggies include: beets, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale and potatoes. You can also continue to enjoy carrots and celery in January for a nice low price.

What is no longer in season?
Winter squashes go out of season in January. You might consider looking for canned or frozen ones because the fresh ones will be very difficult to find. Other veggies that have gone out of season include: bok choy, collard greens, escarole, fennel, mustard greens, raddicchio, spinach, swiss chard and sweet potatoes.

Many of the fruits that were in season during December will still be around in January. The exceptions are clementines, persimmons and tangelos.

What’s new?
January brings us in season fruit that have odd names or that look kind of funny. Kiwi fruit and satsumas are ripe and ready for you to enjoy this month.

What about the veggies? January includes some of the heartier in season vegetables. Now is the best time to buy Swede (which is sort of like a turnip). You can also find fresh rhubarb, parsnips and celeriac (which is also is similar to a turnip). Oddly enough, turnips themselves are not in season for January. The Jerusalem artichoke is in season this month. It is another type of root vegetable.

Want to add a little kick to your coffee? Chicory is in season during January. It is yet another root vegetable. Coffee with chicory is a traditional drink in New Orleans. Some people who cannot drink coffee due to religious reasons might drink chicory instead.

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