It’s amazing how nature supplies us with just what we need. This time of year, with the short days and plummeting temperatures, our bodies crave warming foods. You can keep your body in tune with nature by eating what’s in season in Massachusetts over the winter.
While you won’t find the same bounty as in the summer, when fruits and vegetables of all types grace the stands of your local farmers' markets, look for these hardy, edible wonders that actually taste better the colder the weather gets.
Brussels Sprouts. When I was a kid, I absolutely hated Brussels sprouts. Now, I can’t get enough of them. Look for sprouts with the stalks attached, as they will keep much longer.
Fennel. ‘Tis the season for this root veggie. Don’t buy fennel in the spring; the warmer weather makes it taste very bitter.
Kale. A cruciferious vegetable just like broccoli, so the cold weather keeps it sweeter.
Parsnips. This delicious root veggie looks similar to a carrot, except it has a tan flesh and white body. Look for the smaller, thin parsnips over the big guys.
Sweet Potatoes. What would dinner be like without that wonderful sweet and nutty flavor of the sweet potato?
Instead of digging through your local grocery store's produce section for these winter delights, head to one of the Boston/Cambridge area's four winter farmers' markets and pick up some truly local veggies:
- Prudential Center Farmers' Market (Belvidere Arcade, Back Bay). Thursdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., through May 24.
- SoWa Winter Farmers' Market (485 Harrison Ave., South End). Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., through April 29.
- Cambridge Community Center Winter Market (5 Callender St., near Central Square). Saturdays, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Jan. 7-April 28.
- Dorchester Winter Farmers' Market (6 Norfolk St., Codman Square). Sundays, 12 p.m.-3 p.m., Jan. 8-March 25.
What are some of your favorite winter foods?
'Culinarily Curious' is TNGG Boston's column on all things food, written by Anthony Howard.
Photo by ChristmasStockImages.com
About Anthony -- I'm a 22-year-old Massachusetts native -- grew up in the 'burbs and now spend my young adult life in the city. I am passionate about cooking and currently assistant manage a restaurant kitchen in Kendall Square. Let's just say that when I invite friends over for dinner parties, no one ever turns me down.
The author is solely responsible for the content.