7 Fruits, Vegetables, And More…

December 9th, 2008 by Jane

Do you want to eat more seasonally? Locally? Not sure where to start? The folks at National Resources Defense Council have an interactive online tool to help. Here are few ideas for foods which are currently in season in most of the country.

1.  Apples
Did you know that there are over 7500 varieties of apples grown worldwide? Or, of the 2500 varieties that are grown in the United States, only 100 are grown commercially? Raw, baked, or in a crisp, apples are a perennial favorite.

2.  Beets
Beets are an under-appreciated vegetable, but they are delicious roasted. For a simple dish: clean and pare 3 or 4 medium sized beets. Place them top-down in a baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Roast at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes until soft when pricked with a fork. Peel the skin and enjoy. Yum!

3.  Carrots
The lowly carrot seems to be permanently paired with ranch-style dressing, but if you are looking for a way to jazz them up try Rachel Ray’s recipe for Root Beer Carrots. Sounds strange, but kids love ‘em!

4.  Herbs
Herbs highlight the flavor of many dishes this time of year. The Herbal Garden is a great online source for information and recipes.

5.  Pecans
We are lucky enough to live in a pecan-producing state and to say that we love pecans is an understatement. My family will put chopped pecans on anything; in salads, pestos, ALL baked goods, and even on peanut butter sandwiches. We have not put pecans on top of eggs. Yet.  Recipes are included in the charming book, In Praise of Pecans: Recipes & Recollections.

6.  Oranges
Oranges seem like a taste of summer, when in fact they are a fall and winter fruit. I am going to try this recipe for Orange Peel Fried Rice from Martin Yan this week.

7.  Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a great way to get more beta-carotene into your diet. These sweet potato fries bake up quickly for a weeknight dinner side dish.

One Response to “7 Fruits, Vegetables, And More…”

  1. Carol Says:

    These are great suggestions! The bit about oranges reminds me of when I participated in a multicultural fair in the sixth grade, and I brought orange zest fried rice!!! It was a hit, but I thought it was weird. What did I know back then, all I ate was mashed potatoes and cole slaw. Yeah. Weird.

    Plus, I think oranges are the ultimate Christmas treat. I love nothing more than peeling oranges in the evening while we watch tv, read, or sit around chatting. It makes the room smell great, it takes time (no instant gratification) to eat, and it is good for you!!!

    Keep up the most excellent work on this site, you two!

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