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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Many people have the incorrect notion that you can’t find fresh vegetables and produce in the winter months that provide nutritious salads and other main dishes. Luckily, that idea could not be farther from the truth. In fact, many farmers are preparing right now for upcoming winter farmer’s markets in these next few months.
Some of the most nutritious vegetables are available during the winter and are varieties of leafy greens as well as many root vegetables. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, chard, cauliflower, endive, kale, leeks and lettuce are just a few of the vegetables that can be harvested in the winter that will go great in a nutritious winter salad. Garlic, beans, beats, chicory, carrots, turnips, radishes and many others are also available in the winter months and have great nutritious value.
Cruciferous vegetables such as kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli and the like are especially abundant in the winter months and especially beneficial to your health. Nicknamed “Super-Veggies” cruciferous vegetables are extremely favorable to your health, and even have some cancer preventing properties according to The National Cancer Institute. Cruciferous vegetables are classified by their four-petaled flowers, which resemble a crucifer, or cross, hence the name “Cruciferous.” The veggies in this family of cross-like structures are your best bet on a nutritious choice – and they are extremely abundant in the winter months.
To find out where you can find winter produce near you visit Seacoast Eat Local to find your nearest farmers market.
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