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It’s January – what produce is in season?

Are you someone that likes or dislikes January?  Some people see it as a new beginning, making resolutions and changes for the year ahead.

I’m afraid I’m not a January person – in my eyes it doesn’t have a lot going for it.  Dark, damp, dank and cold – Christmas has gone, the decorations and lights are down.  I also don’t understand why people deprive themselves, going on diets, giving up the things they love in the worst month of the year.  osso buccoFor me it’s all about comfort, warming food – food that gives you a cuddle and warms you up on those damp, cold days.

So, what produce is in season to cheer up on these dark, cold days?

I think the seasonal produce also screams comfort food – those root vegetables used for lovely stews, casseroles and soups – carrots, swede, parsnips, leeks.  parsnipsAlthough they can all be used for that January detox too, if that’s what takes your fancy.

We still  have some leafy vegetables to ring the changes too – cabbages, sprouts and kale.  cabbage

Purple sprouting broccoli (or ‘posh broccoli’ as some people call it) makes an appearance.  It’s almost like a teaser for asparagus coming in the Spring with it’s delicate stalks and purple heads.purple sprouting

Those knobbly Jerusalem artichokes are also still around – I must remember to make some soup.

So, lots of vegetables still around, but not much in the way of fruit this time of year, with citrus fruit reigning supreme.  We see those gorgeous blood oranges coming along and Seville oranges.  Every year, I tell myself I’m not going to make Seville orange marmalade as I have loads of it here – but then I see them and just can’t resist buying some. seville orange It’s probably got something to do with their short season – if I don’t buy them when I see them, they will be gone.

So, it may be gloomy January, but the lovely produce certainly lights up the month for me

 

  • Beetroot
  • Blood oranges
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbages
  • Carrots
  • Celeriac
  • Chicory
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lemons
  • Parsnips
  • Purple Sprouting Broccoli
  • Seville oranges
  • Swede
  • Turnips