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Winter produce is different from region to region across the globe. In some regions like New Delhi, India, the winters are cold and lovely. There's no snowfall so there is still some produce growing outside. Mustard greens, guavas, oranges, round melons (tinda), purple carrots, fenugreek leaves (methi), etc. are a common sight at the markets. In the New York and New Jersey region, there's nothing much growing on the ground, except hardy greens such as kale and collard greens as well as Brussels sprouts for one part of the season. But, most of the food comes from storage and green houses at this time. A lot of food also comes from warmer states of the US and Mexico. This post is about seasonal winter produce in New Jersey and its surrounding areas.

By the time winter arrives, the farmer's markets have been closed down, most of the produce has been harvested and roots and squashes have been stored in a cellar or have found their way into a can. Some meat is salted and preserved while herbs, nuts, and beans are stored dry. So, look for these items at your local grocery store.

  • Throughout the season here in NY and NJ, you will find cauliflower, carrots, purple cabbage, kohlrabi, collard greens, brussels sprouts, and kale along with a variety of squashes, potatoes, garlic, etc.

  • You will also find fresh herbs and lettuce from the greenhouses in the area.

  • Apples and pears are available from storage. So are oranges.

  • Dried beans and nuts are also abundant this time of the year.

As you can see, nature's produce is mostly roots, hardy greens, and squashes this season. So, nourish and warm your core and roots with these wonderful foods this winter.


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