Editor's note: updated 21.12.20
Baby, it's cold outside. That doesn't mean there isn't an abundance of fresh produce to bring to the table. From sweet potatoes and cabbage to pomegranates and oranges, there are plenty of delicious foods to fill your belly in January.
Here's a list of 12 fruits and vegetables that are readily available this month in the United States.
What's in Season in January
Sweet, earthy and oh-so-good for you, beets are one of the best things January has to offer. Whether roasted, sautéed, grated fresh or pureed into a smoothie (as pictured above), beets offer a nice boost of vitamin C and iron.
Find more delicious beet recipes here.
Whether transformed into crispy chips or sautéed with onions and garlic, kale is the king of winter. It can be added to smoothies, enjoyed raw in salads or cooked in dozens of ways.
Citrus offers that burst of colour, flavour and energy we all need during the winter. Enjoy lemons, oranges, limes and grapefruit fresh or made into juices, salad dressings, healthy desserts (like the one pictured above) and decadent treats like lemon bars.
Find more citrus recipes here.
They may look like white carrots but parsnips are a world of their own. Great roasted, sautéed or pureed into soups, this is one seasonal vegetable worth bringing home from the produce bin.
Take advantage of leek season and use them to flavour your soups, sauces and stews. Leeks are milder than onions and add a smooth yet earthy flavour to your dishes.
These mini cabbages are delicious roasted, sautéed, deep fried or even thrown into a tasty quiche. Pair them with chestnuts for a luxurious side dish. Choose Brussels sprouts that are bright green with firm heads.
Get more tasty Brussels sprouts recipes here.
Think of pomegranate as the jewel of winter. This tasty fruit adds colour, tang and flavour to practically any dish, sweet or savoury. We especially like it in this sauce served with pan-seared duck breast.
Get more pomegranate recipes.
Sweet potatoes are a great way of adding earthy colour and natural sweetness to savoury dishes in a departure from the standard spud. What's more they're rich in vitamins making them a perfect winter ally.
Discover our round up of the best sweet potato recipes, from mashed sweet potato to sweet potato chips.
Turnips are the trusty winter vegetable for any occasion. Boiled, roasted, mashed and pickled, there's not much this hardy winter root vegetable can't turn its hand to.
Find out how to prepare turnips
Winter squash are another stalwart of the pantry in the colder months and with so many varieties to choose from, there's plenty of experimentation to be done.
From spaghetti and acorn squash to kombucha and butternut squash, find out how to cook winter squash this season.
Cabbage is one of the vegetables we can always count on when the weather gets colder. It is hearty, flavourful and incredibly versatile in the kitchen. Plus, there are some fun varieties to choose from.
Here's how to cook cabbage in tasty and flavourful ways, from coleslaw and cabbage salad to cabbage chips and kimchi.
And last, but by no means least, the trusty potato. The most reliable and comforting of this season's vegetables. Not all potatoes were created equal, with so many varieties of potato to explore you'll never get bored of this old favourite.
For the ultimate potato dish, try the world's best mashed potato, courtesy of the late French chef, Joel Robuchon.