There is so much delicious produce in December and if you are like me, I try to save money at the store by buying produce that’s in season. It’s cheaper, it’s fresher, and it didn’t travel very far to get to your table. My December — What’s in Season Guide is your guide to December Seasonal Produce along with recipes, tips, and more!
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DECEMBER SEASONAL PRODUCE
December has ….. Find out all about December Seasonal Produce in this December — What’s In Season Guide.
I hope this December — What’s In Season Guide is just what you are looking for. Furthermore, if you’re looking for more resources on your food journey then check out my Feeding a Family on a Budget guide or this Budget Friendly Menu Planning. I have lots of menu planning guides for various occasions and even a monthly & weekly menu planning printable that’s super helpful. Lastly, the best thing for eating healthy and in season is a well stocked pantry.
DECEMBER — WHAT’S IN SEASON GUIDE
I’m not a huge fan of beets. I tolerate them, but I don’t go out of my way to eat them. But this year I plan to cook with them more.
My kids never get tired of broccoli. They happily eat it and would eat it with every dinner if I let them. I tend to just roast it with olive oil, garlic, and a little kosher salt. I love it when it is just starting to turn dark which means the flavor becomes a little nutty. YUM!
Brussels sprouts are back in season, but I don’t make these as often as should. They are super fun when you can find them on the stalk…in fact Trader Joe’s had them on the stalk last time I was there.
Mostly I use cabbage for coleslaw and corned beef, but it is so delicious and has so many health benefits. It is a great source of vitamin K, vitamin C and vitamin B6. Plus it’s a good source of manganese, dietary fiber, and potassium to name just a few.
Carrots are more than just a side dish to chicken wings (although, that’s supper yummy). My favorite is to juice them or add them to smoothies…the kids will never know.
Citrus (Oranges, Clementines, Lemons, Limes)
I love citrus…really all of it! We have like 5 citrus trees: orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and kumquat. Seriously, fresh picked citrus is one of my favorite things in the whole world. Find a U-Pick location near you if you can and go to town. I juice almost all my lemons and freeze in 2 cup proportions for summer-time lemonade!
I love grabbing a few bags of fresh cranberries at the beginning of holiday season and using them in various recipes. Of course, I love making holiday cranberry sauce with fresh berries, but it’s fun to use them in other ways too.
I love kale chips and adding kale to smoothies, but that’s about where my use of kale ends. Sometimes it finds its way into a hearty soup.
Mmmm…parsnips. If you haven’t tried them then you need to! I had a mashed parsnips side dish a couple months ago that was to-die-for. Treat them like carrots or potatoes!
I recently fell in love with pomegranates. They are crazy expensive in the store though, so I planted a tree too. lol My tree doesn’t produce a lot yet, so I end up buying a bunch this time of year for salads and snacking. Check out the best way to get the seeds out of a pomegranate HERE.
I love potatoes…really cooked any way will do. Baked, Fried, Boiled, Grilled…just give me all the potatoes and I’m a happy girl!
These spicy little veggies are added as garnishes around here on some of the Mexican food. I’m not sure why, but I do love adding them to my salads and roasting them totally mellows out the flavor.
Wanna know what I love even more than potatoes? Sweet Potatoes! I usually just eat them plain…no butter, no sugar, no cinnamon. Just a baked sweet potato and a juicy steak and I’m set!
Turnips are full of minerals, antioxidants, vitamin C, and plenty of dietary fiber. They are also a low-calorie vegetable with only 28 calories per 100 gram serving.
Winter squash are full of vitamin C, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, manganese, copper, and potassium. Winter squash have a hard skin and flesh. Acorn, butternut, spaghetti, as well as pumpkin are all considered winter squash.
Did I miss something in my December — What’s In Season Guide??? What’s your favorite in-season fruit or veggie during December….tell me, I’d love to know.
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