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With winter comes one of our favorite types of precipitation. Also, the New Year and the season of gift-giving. Many of us may not appreciate, however, the wonderful seasonal produce of winter. Partaking in these offerings is not only a great way to enjoy succulent, fresh produce and nourish ourselves with important vitamins and minerals, but it is also cost-effective, because seasonal produce costs less than does produce that is not in season, as an article published by the Medill School of Northwestern University explains.

Got vitamin C? A whole crop of winter citrus fruits do: grapefruit, oranges, and tangerines are in their prime. They are excellent sources of the vitamin, which our bodies use to create collagen, which comprises our tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels, according to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.

Carrots as well as sweet potatoes and winter squash provide us with vitamin A, which helps boost our immune systems.

Spinach and other dark and leafy greens contain fiber, which aids in digestions, as well as folate, which we use in new cell development.

The Food Network website features innovative recipes using the season’s offerings.

Whether we follow these recipes and make a great squash soup or eat an orange or two, enjoying these fresh fruits and vegetables will remind us why we love winter so much.

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