What’s in Season – January Produce and Recipes

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Hearty root vegetables, tangy citrus fruits, and nourishing brassicas are in season in January. So get ready to warm up this winter with some delicious recipes!

Different types of produce available in January

As the winter weather settles in, it’s the perfect time to turn to the abundance of fresh and flavorful January produce. From root vegetables to leafy greens, to tangy citrus fruits, there is plenty to choose from. Whether you’re looking to roast, braise, or sauté, there’s no shortage of in-season ingredients to inspire your weeknight dinners in the new year.

Citrus

Grapefruit, oranges, clementines, tangerines, and lemons are abundant at the local farmer’s markets and you can also easily find them in grocery stores. Plus, citrus fruit is a good source of vitamin C and other nutrients. Enjoy as a snack, use in cooking and baking to add flavor and zest, or add to salads, marinades, and desserts for extra flavor. Why not try these lemon ginger energy shots?

One whole and one half lemon with two ginger roots and 7 small glass vials filled with ginger lemon shots laying on a flat grey surface
These simple lemon ginger immunity shots are a great way to start the day during cold and flu season.
Lemon Ginger Shots Recipe

Brassica vegetables

Brassica vegetables like kale, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, and Swiss chard are the main produce in season in January. They are rich in vitamins and minerals and are a good source of dietary fiber. You can enjoy them raw or cooked in a variety of dishes.

Easily add kale to salads or use it in smoothies – like in this blueberry smoothie. Plus, you can also use collard greens, spinach, beet greens, and others in place of kale in a lot of recipes. You can also make this healthy snack kale chips.

A bowl with homemade kale chips
This simple homemade kale chips recipe is fun, versatile, and makes for a healthy snack packed with nutrients. Vegan, GF, and extremely low in fat!
Homemade Kale Chips

Cauliflower is great when roasted – switch up the seasoning and you will never get tired of it. Serve it as whole roasted cauliflower head, or Buffalo cauliflower wings. You can also make a nutritious soup or these grilled cauliflower steaks:

Cauliflower steaks on a tray with half a lemon
Cauliflower steaks are juicy and tender in the middle with a crisp, lightly charred, caramelized, and crispy outside. Perfect as a versatile vegan side dish or main to almost any meal.
Cauliflower Steaks Recipe

Swiss chard is perfect for lentil soup with chard, stuffed chard rolls, and also sauteed on the pan. Brussel sprouts are easy to prepare and delicious when served roasted. And cabbage can be enjoyed raw, cooked, boiled, or as quick pickled cabbage. Plus, you can make nutritious coleslaw or salads like this raw cabbage salad. Here is my favorite recipe for boiled cabbage:

Cabbage topped with pepper in a pot
Here is how to boil cabbage so it keeps plenty of flavor and makes for a great side dish.
Boiled Cabbage Recipe

Winter squash

There are different types of winter squash, including butternut squash, acorn squash, kabocha, buttercup, and others. They are usually harvested in the late fall so they are in abundance in the winter. Plus, their sweet nutty flavor is perfect for various recipes like soups, stews, pasta dishes, baked goods, and more.

For example, you can enjoy butternut squash roasted, baked, boiled, and sautéed. Make delicious stuffed butternut squash or pizza crust. Or why not try this warmnig soup?

A big bowl with homemade roasted butternut squash soup
This creamy butternut squash soup is a recipe that's nourishing, flavorful, and immune-boosting.
Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Root vegetables

In January, enjoy carrots, celery root, beetroot, parsnips, turnips, yams, sweet potatoes, and potatoes. They are rich in vitamins and minerals and are a good source of dietary fiber. Enjoy them raw or cooked in a variety of recipes.

Carrots are versatile and popular for carrot soup or roasted carrots. Enjoy them as a dip, simple salad, or delicious carrot juice. Also, their crunchy texture and sweet, earthy flavor are perfect for making overnight oats with carrots and classic carrot cake. And I love this refreshing carrot salad.

A serving of carrot salad topped with walnuts
This healthy shredded carrot salad is ready in just 10 minutes and is perfect as a simple side dish for any day of the week.
Carrot Salad Recipe

Celery root, parsnips, and turnips are all in season in January. Plus, they are all great in soups, stews (like beef stew), and purees. You can also enjoy them raw in salads, roasted, or even fry them. And of course, celery makes a great detox juice.

A glass of celery juice and a celery stalk
How to juice celery to enjoy alone or in juice blends as a fresh and nourishing beverage packed with health benefits.
Celery Juice Recipe

Beetroot (beets) can be eaten raw or cooked. Enjoy them in a salad, make fresh juice, use them in soups and stews, or roast them alongside other vegetables. Plus, you can make beet hummus, pink pasta, or even enjoy them as a snack in the form of these beetroot chips:

Beetroot Chips
These healthy baked beetroot chips make for a delicious, healthy, guilt-free snack. A great way to use fresh beets!
Beet Chips Recipe

Yams, sweet potatoes, and potatoes can be prepared in tons of ways. You can enjoy them in salads or as a nutritious breakfast with potatoes. Plus, you can boil potatoes, mash them, roast them, oven-bake them, or make a potato casserole. And you can make crispy fries, creamy au gratin potatoes, potato and leek soup, or even one-ingredient potato flatbread. Why not start with this easy baked sweet potato recipe?

Baked sweet potato with some butter and thyme
Try a sweet, delicious, and nutritious take on a classic with these whole baked sweet potatoes – perfect for a filling lunch or yummy side dish.
Baked Sweet Potato Recipe

Others

Pomegranates are great for adding flavor and nutrition to salads, desserts, and other dishes. Plus, they make a great addition to homemade kombucha.

Enjoy kiwis fresh as a snack or add them to salads, smoothies, etc. Make a simple kiwi juice, add slices to fruit and yogurt parfait, or make a kiwi Tanghulu. Pears are great fresh or add them to pies, tarts, compots, or even salads.

Leeks are delicious in soups, stews, and other recipes. Plus you can also grill and roast them.

A bowl with homemade potato leek soup topped with a bit of parsley
This creamy potato leek soup is quick, easy, and super comforting. Enjoy it chunky or smooth!
Potato Leek Soup Recipe

If you enjoyed this seasonal produce guide or tried any of these recipes, let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I would love to see your recipe recreations – tag me on Instagram @Alphafoodie!

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