Which foods are in season in December?
The quicker foods get to your plate, the better. Seasonal food is fresher, tastier and more nutritious as it hasn't travelled so far. Here's a list of our favourite foods that are in season in December, and how we like to include them in our weekly recipes.
(Seasonal varieties: Aroma, Saga, Rubinola, Santana, Cox Orange, Ingrid Marie) - Apples are a good source of dietary fibre, vitamin C, and antioxidants. In December, you can bake apples with cinnamon and honey - so warm and comforting.
Beets are a rich source of dietary fibre, vitamins, and minerals, including folate and potassium. Swedish beetroots are harvested from July to November and available all year round. In December we like to make a delicious, nutritious beet and walnut salad with a citrus vinaigrette.
Brussels sprouts are a nutrient-dense vegetable rich in fibre, vitamin C, vitamin K, and other phytonutrients. In season from September to February in Sweden, in December you can steam Brussels sprouts and sprinkle them with salt, olive oil and grated parmesan (or vegan) cheese.
Known for their high beta-carotene content, which is converted to vitamin A in the body, carrots also provide dietary fibre. In season all year round in Sweden, in December, we love to make carrot soup with olive oil and rosemary.
A low-calorie root vegetable that offers dietary fibre and various essential nutrients, such as vitamin K and phosphorus. In season all year, in December, we enjoy celeriac mash with garlic and herbs instead of potatoes.
Artichokes are rich in dietary fibre and provide a unique source of inulin, a prebiotic that supports gut health. Jerusalem artichoke soup with coconut milk and herbs is a favourite for us in December. We also eat them raw.
Kale is a nutrient powerhouse, offering high levels of vitamins A, C, and K, along with essential minerals and antioxidants. In December, you can fry kale in a drizzle of olive oil, adding salt and smashed nuts for extra crunch.
A good source of carbohydrates and dietary fibre, potatoes are also rich in vitamins C and B vitamin. In the winter months, we like to make crispy baked potato wedges using salt, pepper, olive oil and herbs.
Red and White Cabbage:
Cabbage is packed with antioxidants and provides dietary fibre, vitamins C and K, and essential minerals. In December, you can make a red cabbage slaw with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and mustard, or stir-fry cabbage with garlic and/or mixed vegetables and your choice of protein.
Red and White Onions:
Onions are a good source of dietary fibre and vitamin C and they feed beneficial gut bacteria. Use onions in paleo-friendly recipes like balsamic red onion and apple compote. Yum!
A good source of dietary fibre and vitamin C, making them a nutritious addition to paleo-friendly dishes. In December, you can mash rutabagas with coconut oil and seasonings as a delicious side dish.
A good source of dietary fibre and vitamin C. They can be used in paleo-friendly recipes such as caramelized onion and balsamic chicken.
Spices include various healthy options like cinnamon, ginger, and cayenne pepper, which add both flavour and health benefits, such as anti-inflammatory properties. In December, use a mix of these spices to season your meals. Cinnamon and cloves are particularly festive.
Savoy cabbage is a low-calorie vegetable rich in dietary fibre and vitamins, including vitamins C and K. In December, you can use Savoy cabbage leaves as a wrapper for paleo-friendly cabbage rolls filled with ground meat and herbs.