Monday, March 12, 2012

Eating in the Season: Winter Greens

I have been doing some research about eating in the season and I wanted to share what I'm learning and I thought I better get this post up before Winter is over!

First of all, my curiousity on this topic peaked as I was studying the Word of Wisdom, a code of health observed by members of The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I believe it was given to us from God and if observed will provide the greatest health! It is very simple and basically is all about eating clean. You can read it all here. The part I am referring to says: "All wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature and use of man - every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these to be used with prudence and thanksgiving."

In today's world, you can find most of the commonly used fruits and vegetables available year around in the grocery store - even though they are well out of season. Take cucumbers for example. Cucumber's prime season is June-September, but they are still selling cucumbers in the middle of winter.

Our body wants and needs what is in season. Is it any wonder that the heavier root vegetables are in season during the cold winter months? They supply more calories, starches and good sugars to supply us with the energy we need to survive the colder months. Whereas the Spring Greens that come in the earlier months of spring are blood thinners and help detox and refresh our body from the thicker blood we've accumulated during winter.

(BTW, I read all this in the book Just What is the Word of Wisdom by Dr. Christopher. I highly recommend it!)

This is my first winter in which I have really paid attention to eating in the season; and being a big green eater I have struggled a little bit with finding an assortment of fruits and vegetables that are in season to eat. The variety isn't as great, but as I mentioned above, there is a reason to that. (I bet in the olden days they didn't eat as much, because the days are shorter and they couldn't do much in the dark back then so they just went to bed. but in today's modern food society there isn't much to differentiate between the summer and winter palates. But we should follow the outlines God created.)

In the summer it is easier for me to do a green smoothie everyday, my body just wants it naturally. But this winter I haven't wanted them everyday. But being conscious about getting my fresh veggies I wanted to find a way.

I came upon this website and have found it helpful in staying up to date of what's in season in the USA. You could even narrow it down to your local region. I then would find recipes that use these ingredients.

So I use the greens that are in season: Kale, Collards, Broccoli. I have a bunch of frozen Kale and Collards in my freezer from my garden this Summer and I am getting good use of them now!

I have had some fun making creations with whatever is in season. The green smoothie pictured above has Kale and Collards frozen from my Summer harvest, Cranberries, oragnes, and kiwis. Very delicious.

One of my favorite winter recipes is my Vegan Potato Soup! And I have enjoyed more fresh and steamed broccoli, baked squash, and yams.

What recipes have you found that use only ingredients that are in the season?


  1. what a great post! Thank-you Anne for sharing your research on seasonal eating.

    I haven't any recipes at the moment, that call for only seasonal ingredients, but this does present an intriguing challenge and opportunity.

  2. Hi Anne,
    this is awesome, I have been studying about that also. I have liked the book "The Word of Wisdom, A Modern Interpretation" by John A. and Leah D. Widtsoe. Very informative (from what I have seen it is available as an e-book only, except for at I'll have to look for the one you recommend!

  3. Thanks for a great post! There is an incredible book on Eating in Season by Dr Elson Haas, he has a lot of books on seasonal eating and healthy eating in general. I think you will really enjoy it!

  4. Great post and awesome links! Can't wait to look into it some more!