Gen X mom Sarah Krause: getting stoked for produce in winter

12/24/2011 09:32:00 AM
Sarah Krause

A quick glance around the produce section provides a cornucopia of winter fruit and vegetable choices. MedicineNet.com suggests looking beyond cranberries, sweet potatoes and pumpkin. Check out persimmons, kiwi, kumquats, persimmons, pears or rutabagas. The website adds: “Here's the kicker: All these winter choices have notable nutritional attributes, including scores of healthful phytochemicals.”

The yummy Asian Pear (sometimes called the Korean Pear) is an excellent winter choice, a perfect blend of juicy pear and crisp apple. My sister-in-law only buys this variety of pear, which is high in Vitamin C. She even buys it by the case! But any pear, at their peak during the fall and winter months, is a healthy, delicious choice.

Other choices? Susan H. loves Brussels sprouts, but only “if done the right way – roasted in olive oil with a little kosher salt and black pepper.” Kelly H. prefers sweet potatoes (which contain a whopping dose of all those good-for-you vitamins) at this time of year. And my friend, Chris W., said she’s cooking more with winter squash lately.

So give your supermarket’s winter produce section a second look!


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