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Winter: Recipes in Season

Red winter berries

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When the cold winter wind blows through the trees and the ground freezes hard as a rock, nothing warms a body faster than hearty comfort food. Soups and stews are favorites during the snowy time of year, as are braised dishes and roasted meats and vegetables. And holiday feasting has its own place among mid-winter dining pleasures.

What's in Season in the Winter?

Don't make the mistake of thinking there is no good, fresh produce available during the winter months. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and greens are at their peak of sweet flavor. Root vegetables and avocadoes come into their own as well. A wide variety of citrus fruit adds a bright note to an otherwise bleak landscape of fruits. And shellfish are abundant.

Season Ingredients for Winter

International Recipes for Winter

Try these warming wintertime dishes.


Puerto Rican pasteles, wrapped and unwrapped

(Puerto Rican savory cakes in banana leaves)


Fresh coconut

(Puerto Rican coconut-rum beverage)


Fesenjan (Persian chicken in pomegranate-walnut sauce)

(Persian chicken in pomegranate-walnut sauce)


Locro potato-cheese soup

(Ecuadoran, Peruvian potato-cheese soup)


Puchero in the style of the Canary Islands

(Spanish meat and chickpea stew)


Rumtopf (German rum-soaked fruit dessert)

(German rum-soaked fruit dessert)