Some Foods in Season During January

Some Foods in Season During January


What’s in season in January

Start the year right with plenty of seasonal fruit and vegetable available through January, making those healthy eating resolutions a little bit easier. Choose between savoury low carb toast/bread in the morning with creamy avocados, or sweet with tangy homemade marmalade using sharp Seville oranges. Earthy Savoy cabbage and purple sprouting broccoli bulk out winter dinners, while lemons and limes brighten up the grey days. 


Pink grapefruit

Super-sweet and juicy with a fragrant, tangy flavour, pink grapefruits* from Florida are at their best in January – perfect for brightening up dark winter nights. Named because it grows on trees in grape-like clusters, grapefruit is thought to be a hybrid of the orange and the Asian pomelo fruit.

Some recipes you may like to try:
Pink grapefruit, honey and mint salad, see details here
Prawn, pomegranate and grapefruit salad, see details here

Turkey steaks with citrus/grapefruit and ginger sauce, see details here 


Avocado 

Why not stock up on avocados to help your healthy eating goals in January. Contrary to popular belief, the skin colour is not a true indication of ripeness and differs between varieties. Hass avocados are dark purple and rough-skinned, in contrast to smooth, green-skinned Fuerte. Choose avocados that are firm but give a little when gently squeezed. To prepare, cut into the avocado and slice around the stone, creating 2 halves, then twist to separate. 

Some recipes you may like to try:

Avocado and Cucumber Soup, see details here
Sail Away on a delicious Avocado Boat, it’s Keto, LCHF, Paleo, see details here

Avocado Breakfast Burger, it’s LCHF, see details here 

Chicken, Avocado, Bacon and Tarragon Salad, see details here 
Smashed avocado on toast with poached eggs and tomatoes, see details here

Lemons 

Bright citrus fruits bring a touch of sunshine to your kitchen in the depths of winter. Look for taut, glossy skinned lemons and fruits that feel heavy for their size, as these contain the most juice.

Some recipes you may like to try:

Roast chicken with basil and lemon salsa, see details here
Red Lentil Soup with Lemon Yogurt, it’s a vegetarian dish, see details here
Lemon Poppy-Seed Soufflés, see details here
Italian Lemon Cake, it’s low carb, see details here

Limes 

Limes are the same shape, but smaller than lemons, with a bright green, fairly smooth skin, limes are a highly aromatic fruit. Limes are an important ingredient in Mexican, Indian, Latin American and South-East Asian cookery. To get maximum juice, roll limes under the palm of your hand on a worktop for a few seconds before slicing and squeezing.

Some recipes you may like to try:

Ginger Lime Chicken, an Asian inspired low carb dish, see details here
Pork chops with apple, lime and mint butter, it’s LCHF, see details here
Coconut and Lime Low Carb Cake, see details here

Kiwis (Kiwi Fruit)

Fuzzy brown kiwi fruit have juicy, sweet emerald flesh. Named for its association with New Zealand, where it was first grown on a large scale, the kiwi actually originates from China and is grown as far afield as South America and Greece. The fruit should be firm but yielding when gently squeezed. Remove the inedible skin with a vegetable peeler, or cut in half and scoop out the flesh with a teaspoon. 

Some recipes you may like to try:

Low Carb Kiwi Fruit and Blackberry Cake, see details here
Blackberries, blueberries, kiwi fruit and double (heavy) cream, see more here
Kiwi and coconut parfait, see details here

Purple sprouting broccoli

Leafier and more colourful than the standard variety, these long stems of broccoli are at their best right now. Purple sprouting broccoli is prepared just like traditional broccoli – trim any woody stems and remove tough leaves.

Some recipes you may like to try:

Purple sprouting broccoli with cheesy sauce, see details here
Normandy Pork Casserole, served with purple sprouting broccoli, see details here
Spiced squash, butter bean and purple sprouting broccoli stew, see details here 

Savoy cabbage

This dark green, crinkly cabbage has a sweet, earthy flavour and is great eaten cooked or raw. Savoy has slightly looser leaves than other cabbage varieties, but its head should still be compact and weighty, with crisp leaves. This dark green brassica has a distinctive, sweet and slightly earthy taste that stands up well against rich, bold or meaty flavours.

Some recipes you may like to try:

Hungarian Style Savoury Minced Beef, with savoy cabbage and carrots, see details here
Braised Savoy cabbage with bacon, see details here
Roasted Savoy cabbage wedges with blue cheese dressing and walnuts, see details here

Savoy, chorizo and Borlotti bean broth, see details here


Seville oranges

These rough-skinned fruits are famous for their sour taste that adds tartness to recipes. They make great marmalade; the bitter taste combines with sugar to create a deliciously intense flavour. They only have a short season, but you can freeze Seville oranges for use throughout the year – simply pop them in the freezer whole!

Some recipes you may like to try:

Seville orange marmalade, see details here
Seville orange meringue pie, see details here

Wild duck with orange juice and savoy cabbage with smoked bacon, see details here

Orange, Mozzarella and Rocket (Arugula) Salad, see details here

I wonder have you three favourites from the above? 

Mine would be an avocado boat, the Normandy Pork Casserole, served with purple sprouting broccoli and a nice slice of the Coconut and Lime Low Carb Cake … mind you the Ginger Lime Chicken is nice too! 



Dear reader, you will find a variety of articles, studies etc. plus recent news/views and recipe ideas within this blog, we hope something for everyone to read and enjoy … but please note, not all foods mentioned may be suitable for all. 

It is important to bear in mind any food allergies, underlying health issues/conditions etc. For instance with grapefruit*, care should be taken if on certain drugs, if in any doubt check with your Doctor or Pharmacist. 

Not all of the suggested recipes above are low carb. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.


All the best Jan



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