December offers the last of the hardier fall fruits and brings winter citrus into season. The full guides below include selection & storage tips, as well as seasonal recipes.
Most fruit in season this month are tart, which actually balance the heartier meals we eat throughout winter.
- Winter is citrus season including clementines, blood oranges, kumquats, and grapefruit
- The last of late fall fruit is still available: cranberries and pomegranates, as well as apples and pears (they store quite well into winter)
- Kiwi, a winter fruit: we tend to associate kiwi with summer, but those are actually from New Zealand. Kiwi are a winter fruit, so enjoy more locally grown kiwi from the US this month.
Root vegetables and winter squash are perfect for soups, stews, and roasting this month, including potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, butternut squash (and other winter varieties), and celery root.
Below are are guides for some of these winter vegetables.
Recipes for December
Traditional winter recipes are a staple for a reason: warm, comforting, and filling. Using seasonal fruits & vegetables not only ensures great flavor, but they can also provide a new twist on an old classic.
For example, look for stew recipes that incorporate cranberries for a pop of bright flavor. Add apples to a sheetpan of roasted vegetables. Or use parsnips to make a quick-bread flavored with baking spices & nuts.