Ripe Now: Seasonal Produce Spotlight
Ripe Now: Seasonal Produce Spotlight Jan 2020

Planning to eat more fruits and veggies in the New Year? Add these seasonal varieties to your cart and your go-to recipes for a flavor and nutrition boost. Recent research has also found that eating fruits and vegetables may promote emotional well-being as well as predict improvements in mood.

Pears are an excellent source of fiber and a good source of vitamin C. Enjoy them on their own or add them to salads, slaws, pork, chicken or baking recipes. To choose a ripe pear, “check the neck for ripeness™” by applying gentle pressure to the stem end. When it yields to the pressure, it’s ready to eat. Refrigerate ripe pears.

Full of vitamin C, fiber and potassium, oranges are in peak season in the winter months, providing a boost of powerful antioxidants when we need it most! Get your citrus fix by taking oranges as an on-the-go snack, tossing slices into salads, or using their zesty juices to liven up proteins, salads, beverages or desserts.

From butternut to acorn and spaghetti, winter squash varieties are versatile and rich in beta-carotene, vitamins B6 and C, fiber and potassium. Some squash is mild while others are sweet, offering endless possibilities for incorporating into meals like casseroles, soups, risotto, lasagna and desserts.

Deep green, leafy kale is a nutrient powerhouse as an excellent source of vitamins A and C and a good source of calcium and potassium. It has an earthy, peppery flavor that pairs well with bold-tasting ingredients. Try massaging kale with olive oil, lemon juice and salt, or add it to pizza, soups or stews.