Come winter and farmer’s markets and produce departments are full of the season’s fruits and vegetables. This is the season when most citrus fruits are the juiciest. They are not alone and the seasonal fruits are also rich in taste and flavour.
Specific harvest dates and crops are dependent on the region you live in, but most are available in temperate climates in the UK.
Here are a few of the seasons best fruits, which you can include in a fruit hamper in UK to gift to loved ones:
- Chicories: Chicories are a cool weather crop that comes into season in fall.
- Clementine: They are small, sweet oranges in season in December and throughout winter.
- Grapefruit: From Texas, Arizona, Florida and California come into season in January but stay juicy and sweet through winter.
- Kiwis: They grow on wines and are harvested from winter through spring in warm and temperate regions.
- Kohlrabi: Come into season by end of fall but remain sweet through the rest of winter.
- Kumquats: They are tiny citrus fruits, which are totally edible including the peel. Test them tossed in a salad or just as it is.
- Lemons: They are fresh and best in winter and spring.
- Mandarins: They are a type of orange, juicy and sweet in winter. As with all citrus fruits, choose one that feels relatively heavier.
- Meyer lemons: They are more in season in fall/winter than the common Eureka and Lisbon lemons with the commercial, limited harvest happening from December and January through May. But they have very thin and delicate skin, making transport and handling very difficult.
- Oranges: Oranges are the ultimate winter fruit, which are juicy and delicious and add zing to the winter diet.
- Pears: They are viable in a season running from summer to winter depending on the region.
- Persimmons: They are found in abundance in late fall and early winter. Look for heavy feeling, bright fruits.
- Pomellos: They are sunny, large, grape fruit like fruits.
- Satsumas: They have skin that is loose and extra sweet tangerine flavour.
- Sweet potatoes: They are sold under the name ‘yams’ and are available throughout the year, especially from late summer to winter.
- Tangerines: They are sweeter and more honeyed cousins of oranges. Like all citrus fruits, select those that feel heavier.
- Winter Squash: Of many types, they come into season in fall and last till December.
Some winter vegetables are:
- Beets: Are available year round.
- Broccoli: Like all cruciferous vegetables, can be found year round.
- Belgian endive: Traditional season is fall and winter.
- Broccoli rapini: More bitter and leafier than its cousin.
- Brussels sprouts: Grow on a stalk.
- Cabbage: Sweeter with cooler weather.
- Cardoons: Taste like artichokes
- Cauliflower: Best in the winter and spring.
- Celery: Best in the fall.
- Curly endive: Chicory, best in fall/winter.
- Fennel: Cold weather crop, which turns bitter in winter.
- Horse radish: Best in fall/winter.
- Jerusalem artichokes
These are some of the fruits and vegetables found in season in fall/winter.
She is a freelance content writer and owner of a fruit and vegetable store in UK. She has extensive knowledge about the various fruits and vegetables in season. She contributes articles on the same to the website http://www.expressgiftservice.co.uk