Last month, I highlighted some of my favorite vegetables that are in season and at their finest in the winter months in this blog post. Most people don’t equate “winter” with “fruit” at all, so this month I wanted to cover some of the most delicious fruits that are available and in season during these cold months.
This is the most obvious fruit on this list. As it starts to grow cold, you find fewer and fewer fruit options on the grocery store shelves and find more and more varieties of apples. Apples have been proven to improve neurological health, because they contain quercertin (an antioxidant that reduces cellular death). They’ve also been linked to lowering cholesterol levels.
The list gets a bit more exotic from here. Kumquats are tiny citrus fruits that are packed with antioxidants. They’re also, surprisingly, a great source of protein. Just five kumquats provide a fifth of your daily recommended amount of protein. They’re a strange brand of citrus, because you can skin is obviously and easily edible. The flavor is completely unique and very versatile, so they can be used in both sweet and savory dishes all winter long.
Another lesser-known fruit is the persimmon. There has been a study by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that says the persimmon may actually be better for the heart than the apple is. They contain more fiber and minerals that are directly linked to preventing heart disease, strokes, and heart attacks. Persimmons also contain antioxidants that help with diabetes. For those who are unfamiliar with persimmons, they are most commonly compared to apricots and plums.
Quinces may be hard to come by in the standard grocery stores, but you’ll probably find them during a quick trip to a local Asian or Latino market. They are known to have compounds that fight the influenza virus, and are full of Vitamin C. Quinces have one of the shortest seasons, on this list: they’re best between September and December.
For more winter fruit, check out this quick article: here