9 Seasonal Superfoods That Will Make Your Holiday Meals Healthy and Delicious

These fruits and vegetables thrive during the winter months — and will help you thrive, too
Brussels Sprouts

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In the U.S., this traditional winter vegetable is in peak season from September to March

The chill of winter is the kiss of death for many crops, but some fruits and vegetables are actually in peak season during the colder months. Not only is in-season produce less expensive, but it also tastes better because it doesn’t need to be artificially ripened or shipped long distances on refrigerated freights. If you’ve ever tried to eat a "fresh" tomato or a blueberry during the winter months, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

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Not all seasonal foods can be grown in the same region, but thanks to the vast geographic diversity of the United States, everything can be grown somewhere. Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and winter squash thrive in colder climates, while citrus fruits, pomegranates, and dark leafy greens like kale and collards and are more bountiful in warmer areas. But even if your kale or lettuce needs to take a short truck ride from one side of the country to the other, it’s better than eating produce that has to travel from all around the globe. Regardless of where in the United States the produce is grown, the winter months provide a wide array of superfoods — from grapefruit and persimmon to celeriac and cabbage — that amplify the flavor and nutritional content of almost any holiday dish.

This year, let the seasonal superfoods of winter act as inspiration for you holiday meals.

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