What’s in Season in Winter? | Strictly Seasonal

Hi guys, welcome to my first Strictly Seasonal. Today we’re talking about what’s in season in winter and how you can use those vegetables.  

Going to be honest, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve written this paragraph. I don’t know whether it’s because this is the first post of my new series and I want to make it perfect, whether it’s a combination of that and wanting to start the new year right in terms of posts, or whether I’m stressing myself out because I still don’t know exactly what I’m doing with this series. Either way, you can almost guarantee that I’ll write this 10 times, come back to a version almost identical to the first and the Spring edition will still look different.  

Starting with winter was actually a great idea if I do say so myself. Winter vegetables in England is a pretty easy one. If I asked you to tell me what was in season right now, I’m sure most of you would be able to come up with a couple of things. The only downside to posting this now is that we’ve just had Christmas and this post is essentially going to be a rehash of your Christmas dinner.  

What’s in Season in Winter? 

Vegetables  

Cauliflower  

Cauliflower is a more complex option. It’s in season all year because different varieties of cauliflower peak at different times. Due to slightly warmer British summers, it’s becoming easier to grow cauliflower in the UK, which has seen a slight drop in price in recent years. It typically grows in the warmer months (by UK terms) ready for harvest in the cooler months. 

Cauliflower scramble recipe here. 

Sprouts  

Slightly controversial saying this so close to Christmas, but I hate sprouts. They’re one of those things you’re told you’ll grow to like as you get older, like olives. Now, I love olives, which 7-year-old Sophie would have never believed. But, much to my grandmother’s disdain, I don’t think I’m ever going to like sprouts.  

My personal tastes aside, the UK produces one of the largest amounts of sprouts in the world and we export very little of them. They are most readily available throughout December and January. I’m hoping that’s because we all secretly hate them and only eat them because it’s Christmas…  

Kale 

We associate kale a lot with salad and summery foods so it’s probably a shock to some people that it’s a winter vegetable. Well, it’s a colder month vegetable, it’s grown throughout autumn too. It’s largely grown throughout many European countries, including here in the UK so this one is eco friendly for many.  

My favourite kale based salad here.

go-to salad

Parsnips  

It’s January 3rd, I don’t want to insult your intelligence by explaining the best uses of parsnips in winter. I’m sure most of you had some of these roasted on your plates on Christmas Day, which is the most common way of eating them. I’m going to be featuring parsnips as the main ingredient in one of the Strictly Seasonal recipe posts coming this week so stay tuned for that.  

Maple parsnips recipe here. 

vegan christmas roast

Potatoes  

Potatoes are of course available all year but they’re at their best during winter. I’m not going to tell you what to do with a potato, they’re one of the most versatile foods you can think of.  

Fruit  

Oranges  

Now, we don’t grow oranges here in the UK, and they are available all year but they do reach peak season at this time of year. Most oranges in the UK are supplied from southern Spain, which is why I’ve included them here. The air miles they travel aren’t ridiculous compared to some other fruits and vegetables. Home grown fruit in the UK is almost non-existent over winter so this was more of a token gesture.  

So, that’s it for the first installment of my new series! As I mentioned in the introduction post, I’ll be doing a recipe a week with only seasonal produce to continue this series and give examples of how you can eat seasonally.  What did you think? Is there anything else you’d like me to include in the spring post? 

Until next time, 

Sophie 

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  1. 3rd January 2019 / 5:04 pm

    Honestly, I always thought cauliflower was the only veggie that you could eat in winter. I didn’t know that there was so much else 🙂

  2. Melanie
    3rd January 2019 / 5:06 pm

    Cauliflower is potentially my FAVOURITE vegetable of them all. I definitely think Winter is our best season for vegetables in the UK whereas spring and summer are better for fruit. Great post!

    Melanie || http://www.melaniewithanie.com x

  3. 3rd January 2019 / 5:09 pm

    This is such an interesting post! I actually love sprouts, I’m happy I can still get hold of them! I also love cauliflower, and I’ve got a few recipes I want to try out using it! I’m excited for all the recipes you’ll be sharing!
    Hels xx
    https://thehelsproject.com/

  4. 3rd January 2019 / 5:19 pm

    I love kale this time of year, it makes me feel like Spring is just around the corner. I agree that potatoes are best in the colder months too. Great post!

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | http://www.alishavalerie.com

  5. 3rd January 2019 / 5:24 pm

    Kale! Parsnips! Potatoes! This post was so interesting and informative if I’m honest when it comes to fruit and veg and what is seasonal when I am often a bit clueless in what comes when but I found this post really interesting! Can’t wait to see other posts in this series!

  6. 3rd January 2019 / 5:28 pm

    I absolutely love the idea of this series! I can’t wait to see what the recipe you come up with is. Winter veg is some of my favourites – I honestly cannot get enough of parsnips. I actually really enjoy sprouts but your post made me realise that I don’t think I’ve ever had them apart from at Christmas? I might have to find some sprout recipes haha! I have to admit I’ve never tried kale, but that salad looks incredible so I will be doing so soon!
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

  7. 3rd January 2019 / 5:36 pm

    This is really interesting to read Sophie, especially kale as I’d associate that as a summery salad veg too. The kale salad looks so healthy and delicious! I really like parsnips so looking forward to seeing your recipe this week. Love the new series, great post and your blog always makes me so hungry, ha ha! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  8. 3rd January 2019 / 6:37 pm

    I absolutely adore sprouts! I eat them pretty much all the time!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

  9. 3rd January 2019 / 8:17 pm

    Yayyyyy! I feel like I’ve commented on every single one of these posts so far saying how excited I am for this series, but I honestly am so excited for this series! I actually like sprouts, but that’s only come through age, and even then I’m pretty sure I only tolerate them… Looking forward to your upcoming recipes!

    Jas xx | https://thoughtsfromjasmine.co.uk

  10. 3rd January 2019 / 8:29 pm

    Love sprouts! My mom freezes everything that’s in season so she can enjoy them all throughout the year. Heheh!
    xo Ros | ZenHealth

  11. 3rd January 2019 / 8:30 pm

    Some really interesting recipes included here, and I’m loving this post for meal inspiration during the cold winter months. Also a part of the anti sprouts club, like you I honestly believe that there are very few people who can actually say they enjoy them! I do hugely enjoy parsnips and hadn’t thought about using them for anything other than Christmas Dinner before, so you’ve definitely inspired me! Looking forward to seeing what you do with your new series <3

  12. 3rd January 2019 / 8:30 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this idea for a series! I’m really into cooking, especially vegetarian recipes so I’m looking forward to reading more of these posts.

    https://www.femaleoriginal.com

  13. 3rd January 2019 / 8:41 pm

    I love finding out what’s in season! My winter lunches so far have consisted of cauliflour cheese soup!

    Lola Mia x

  14. 3rd January 2019 / 9:29 pm

    Hey!! Loved this post! Since I last visited your blog I’ve become a vegetarian and found this post very inspiring. I want to start experimenting more with veg, especially seasonal veggies. Going to be keeping an eye out for the next instalment 🙂 xo

    Pinar | http://www.beautybakingbella.com

  15. 3rd January 2019 / 9:36 pm

    I didn’t realise that kale was winter veg! You learn something new every day!
    This has given me inspiration with planting veggies in the garden…I now know when they are in season.

    Great post, and looking forward to seeing your recipes!

    Aimsy xoxo

    https://www.aimsysantics.co.uk

  16. 3rd January 2019 / 9:57 pm

    Brilliant post! Very interesting and I love cooking!!

  17. 3rd January 2019 / 11:17 pm

    I love winter vegetables! Luckily I’m the only one in my house who enjoys Brussel sprouts and parsnips so I can make huge winter vegetable soups and stews all for myself!

  18. 4th January 2019 / 1:10 pm

    “I’m not going to tell you what to do with a potato” really tickled me haha! Potatoes really are one of the best things to ever exist aren’t they? In fact, I might do a jacket potato for lunch, so thanks for the suggestion! 😉

  19. 4th January 2019 / 1:35 pm

    Oh I am totally with you on the hatred for sprouts, but other than them I think winter vegetables are my absolute favourite. It wasn’t all that long ago that I first tried parsnips (maybe 12-18 months, would you believe) but they’ve come to be one of my faves!

  20. 4th January 2019 / 2:31 pm

    I think winter veg are some of my favourite produce! Oranges are also one of my fave – I’ve already worked my way through two packs of sweet clems in the last week and I’m really not sorry about it.

    Possible unpopular opinion – I love sprouts in every way, except boiled. I wish I could have them all year round! If you wanted to give them another go, try roasting them with some chestnuts or shredding them and putting them in a garlic and ginger stir fry – they taste completely different!

    Natalie xx
    nataliehelenablogs.com

  21. 4th January 2019 / 5:27 pm

    Would you believe I’m reading this while eating “winter vegetable gratin” which contains sprouts and kale?! Yes I love sprouts, sorry. I’m trying to buy more seasonally to help me stick to a budget, I also made roasted carrot and parsnip soup today.

    Really looking forward to this series. I’m always looking for healthy recipes and I just love your posts!
    Take care,
    Hayley
    educatinghayley.com

  22. 4th January 2019 / 7:28 pm

    I love this series already! I’m so glad you hate sprouts too, I always feel like such a child when everyone else has them at Christmas but I decline! I hate to say that I can’t stand parsnips either. I like the rest of these veg though and really love oranges.

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

  23. 4th January 2019 / 8:25 pm

    If I’m being completely honest, I don’t really pay much attention to what’s “in season”. The only thing I knew before reading this post is that watermelon, and melon in general, is in season during the summer, so you could say this post has really opened my eyes!

    We don’t eat Christmas dinner on Christmas day in my family, but lots of these vegetables did feature in our boxing day roast! The fact about sprouts really interests me; mum ends up buying loads in December and freezing them, and I’m SURE it’s because she doesn’t like them but feels like we have to have them in because it’s Christmas!

  24. Johnny
    4th January 2019 / 8:44 pm

    I had no idea certain vegetables were a seasonal thing so it was good reading this and finding out which vegetables grow in the summer and which grow in other seasons!

    P.S. Surprised oranges are imported from Europe to be honest.

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures
    https://johnnystraventures.com

  25. 4th January 2019 / 9:21 pm

    I love parsnips. Baxter’s do a gorgeous spicy parsnip soup which I’m quite partial to. I’m with you on the sprouts for sure Absolutely vile little things they are! My sister got a cookbook at Christmas which was just solely about vegetable tray bakes/roasts. Hoping to pinch that from her very soon. I’ll be popping back to your blog for further inspiration too!

    http://www.missblogsabit.com

  26. 4th January 2019 / 9:40 pm

    This is a great idea for a post, I’ve never really thought much about seasonal fruit and veg before. I’d love to hear more recipes and look forward to reading your spring edition post x

  27. 4th January 2019 / 9:41 pm

    This was such an interesting read, does it sound stupid that I’ve never really known what vegetables are ‘in’ in different seasons? I’m definitely looking forward to learning more with this series!

  28. 5th January 2019 / 5:32 am

    I love learning about the different foods that are in season. It is so much cheaper and sustainable. Oooh, I LOVE cauliflower. You can do so much with them. I am surprised that kale is in season but this ain’t bad at all – especially when you make kale chips, hehe. Ooho, I love freshly-squeezed orange juice. Thanks for sharing the list!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  29. 5th January 2019 / 9:10 pm

    I love this idea for a blog series. I’ve kinda lost track of what is seasonal these days because so many fresh foods are available all year round. That said, they’re often depressingly bland. We’re in Portugal right now and their supermarkets proudly show off very local produce. The fruit and veg often doesn’t look pristine, but the flavours are proper old-school delicious!

  30. 6th January 2019 / 2:35 am

    I didn’t know that all of these were in season, I love cauliflower and I ESPECIALLY LOVE POTATOES OMG. I could eat them any time of the year!! It’s really helpful to know what is in, so thank you for making this post! 🙂

    Geraldine | https://geraldinetalks.com

  31. 6th January 2019 / 5:02 am

    This is a great idea for a series (although of course what’s in season here is different in Australia at the moment!) I like to make the most of mangoes in summer but other than that I don’t change up what we eat all that often – I really should consider it!

    Hope that the first week of 2019 is off to a great start for you and you are having a nice weekend 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  32. 6th January 2019 / 5:15 pm

    I love cauliflower and parsnips and hope to eat them more this season.

  33. 6th January 2019 / 5:41 pm

    Love this, it’s actually really handy knowing what vegetables/fruits are in for certain seasons, my meals since the start of the year have been containing lots of vegetables and I’ve been loving it, I feel like in Winter too they’re just so cosy – does that even make sense? haha. But I just find they make such hearty meals and that’s what you need when it’s colder! Yesterday I had a Curried Veggie Saute with Quinoa and it was delicious!

    Looking forward to your other posts 🙂

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

  34. Daisy
    12th January 2019 / 7:24 pm

    Ooooh, I was in the ‘didn’t know Kale was a cold-weather veg’ department but that’s also because I’m kind of scared of eating kale! I’m actually quite picky about eating salad and still figuring out the best veg to have with it. I always picture kale having a bitter taste so yeah! Absolutely love cauliflower and broccoli together!

    Daisy xoxo
    http://www.thedeewholived.com

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