The real benefit of growing your own vegetables is being able to eat seasonally. However, it is easy for anyone to choose vegetables that are in season as the basis of their diet. Not only are seasonal vegetables fresh, plentiful and well priced but they can also be sourced more locally and so will have travelled fewer miles to reach us which makes for sustainable consumption as well.
Another benefit is that by making an effort to eat seasonally we will actually vary our diets and include vegetables that we may not have tried before, giving us a healthy balance and a variety of vitamins and minerals and other nutrients that each fferent vegetable contains.
What follows is a list of the seasonal vegetables of winter and a selection of recipes from this site to encourage you cook and enjoy them. If you search the site for these winter vegetables there may other recipes that have been posted in the past that you can enjoy.
I hope this will encourage you to eat seasonally and that you will try out one of the many recipes on this site that uses winter vegetables.
Beetroot: can be roasted, baked in cakes, pickled, made into soup or used to colour Easter eggs. Here I have used it to add colour to Pink Pickled Turnips or Turshi Left
Broccoli: quick, easy and very tasty in Angie’s Spaghetti with Cauliflower and Broccolini
Brussels sprouts: an excellent and delicious way to cook brussels sprouts is Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts.
Cabbage: Red cabbage and the other winter vegetables are a great combination in Roasted Red Cabbage, Sausage, Apple and Pumpkin
Carrots: A real winter comfort food using carrots is Slow Baked Lamb Shanks with Polenta
Can be cooked as a delicious soup as well as being a great accompiniment to any meat when steamed or cooked as cauliflower gratin.
Celery: is used in many recipes that use the classic mirepoix, the combination of celery, carrots and onion that is used in the warming Vegetable Pasties and Soup
Choko: Small chokos are so tender when steamed and dressed with extra virgin olive oil and lemon. This is a dessert: Choko and Apple Pie with Streusel Topping
Fennel: is wonderful thinly sliced in salads or sliced and baked with fish.
Jerusalem Artichokes: are really delicious baked with other vegetables in the oven.
Kale: This hearty minestrone uses winter vegetables and the best of summer’s beans: Minestrone with Borlotti Beans and Kale
Kohlrabi is delicious grated or sliced thinly in coleslaw and cooked in soups. Also try steaming the small and tender leaves
Leeks: This recipe brings together a combination of winter vegetables; Roasted Potato, Cabbage, Leek and Bacon Pie
Onions: This is just one of the many recipes using onions on this site;
the warming: Ossobucco alla Fiorentina
Parsnips: are delicious baked and in Spiced Parsnip and Potato Soup
Potatoes: Here is one of the many recipes that use potatoes, the quick and satisfying Frico of Potato and Cheese
Pumpkin: What could be more warming in winter than Roast Pumpkin and Chickpea Soup
Silverbeet: Silverbeet is such a long growing vegetable that lends itself to so many ways of cooking it. Why not try Silverbeet Dolmades
Spinach: can be used to make Spinach Frittata
Swedes Roasted Root Vegetable soup uses swedes to give their unique flavour.
Sweet potato Autumn quiche is perfect using the multi-coloured varieties of sweet potato.
Turnips: We have already posted the link to Pink Pickled Turnips which also use beetroot to add their distinctive classic colour.
Yacon: can be sliced into salads and fruit salads as well as being baked or stir fried.