Winter can be a rough time for home cooks, as our recipe inspiration dwindles with the daylight. To help you have more fun in the kitchen, steer clear of produce burnout, and dodge recipe ruts, here’s the produce to get excited about this winter at Imperfect.
Leeks are like the onion’s sophisticated European cousin and this is the time of year when they’re at their peak. If you’re looking to take your soup, stew, and stock game to another level this winter, leeks are the veggie that will take you there. We recommend loading up on them when you see them. The roots and greens can go in your stockpot, while the whites will give your pasta and soup a buttery richness you never thought a vegetable could provide.
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Are you suffering from “kale fatigue?” The good news is that we’ve got lots of kale’s flavorful family coming soon to mix things up in the kitchen. We’ll have winter produce like gorgeously colorful chards and hearty collards in the weeks ahead. Keep an eye out for slaw-worthy and fermentable cabbages, including the tender, mild, and beautiful Savoy variety. If broccoli is your thing, we’ll have more of that coming in soon once Arizona’s winter growing season officially kicks off.
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If you can’t get enough humble and quirky root vegetables, get out your foam finger because winter is the best time for true fans like you. That means we’ll have all of your favorites like watermelon radishes worthy of their own still life paintings, pickleable red and purple daikon, aromatic celery roots, and every shade of beet you could possibly want.
The great thing about winter is just when you’re starting to worry that it’s going to be a monotonous parade of beige root vegetables, the citrus season kicks into its delicious peak. Our top tip for making the most of the other veggies on this list is to stock up on citrus so your winter dishes are packed with sweet and sour contrast and gorgeous colors. Salad fans can look forward to certifiably Instagrammable Cara Caras and blood oranges, while on-the-go snackers should stock up on the ever-portable Mandarin orange crop that’s heavy in trees across California right now.