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Submitted by George Elliott on Fri, 11/09/2012 - 3:07pm.
It’s the cool season alright, and that means some of our favorite warm season veggies. are long gone. Have no fear, however; there are plenty of goodies that thrive during the cooler months in this region. Check my list below for some of the best I found out through my investigations from various agricultural resources.
Beets are in season in temperate climates like we have here from fall through spring, and available from storage most of the year everywhere else.Fresh beets are often sold with their greens still attached.
Broccoli, like many cruciferous vegetables, can be grown year-round in temperate climates so we've forgotten it even has a season. But, like the rest of its family, it tastes best (that is, sweeter, less bitter and sharp) when harvested in the cooler temperatures of fall.
Brussels sprouts grow on a stalk, and if you see them for sale that way snap them up - they'll last quite a bit longer than once they're cut. You’ll find brussels around these parts in the cooler months.
Cabbage is bright and crisp when raw and mellows and sweetens the longer it's cooked. The cooler the weather in grows in, the sweeter it tends to taste (this effect is called "frost kissed").
Carrots are available from winter storage from local growers in many areas, and fresh in warmer and temperate regions.
Cauliflower may be grown, harvested, and sold year-round, but it is by nature a cool weather crop and at its best in fall and winter and into early spring.
Celery is at its best in the fall, with its harvest continuing through winter in warm and temperate climates.
Escarole is a bitter chicory that is in season during fall and winter in these climates.
Fennel's natural season is from fall through early spring.
Jerusalem artichokes/sunchokes are brown nubs that look a bit like small pieces of fresh ginger. Look for firm tubers with smooth, tan skins in fall and winter.
Kale is like all hearty cooking greens – cooler weather keeps it sweet.
Parsnips look like white carrots and have a great nutty flavor now.
Rutabagas also known as "yellow turnips" and "Swedes" are a sweet, nutty root vegetable.
Sweet potatoes are often sold as "yams." They store very well and so are available from local sources year-round in warmer areas and otherwise from late summer through winter.
Winter squash of all sorts comes into season in early fall and usually last well into winter.
By: George Elliott