Fruits and vegetables in season now at a farmers market near you
It’s December and although it’s getting cold outside there are plenty of fruits and vegetables in season now. Let’s discuss some of them and how to store them. Read all the way to the bottom of the article for a complete list of produce to be found in California during the month of December.
Buying in bulk – How to buy and store in season fruits and vegetables
While we encourage eating fresh it’s not always possible year round. For some families it makes since to stock up when local produce is in season and store it for use later in the year when it costs more. Next we will discuss how to store a few of our favorite fruits and vegetables for use at a later time.
Tomatillos are a staple in our family. They have a distinct tart and fruity taste and go great in salsa’s, salsa verde and many traditional Mexican dishes. Best of all tomatillos can be kept in the freezer for up to 12 months for use year round. Just put them in a freezer bag and that’s it, you’ll have tomatillos to use for all your mexican dishes until they come back in season.
Green beans are great all year round. We like to stock up while they are in season and freeze them for use year round. There are several ways to freeze green beans but the easiest way is to flash freeze them. Simply spread a single layer of green beans on a baking sheet and freeze for 45 – 60 minutes. Remove from freezer and place them in a freezer bag, that’s it. Then when your ready to use them boil them until they are thender and season to taste. Don’t forget that Christmas dinner is just around the corner making it a great time to Stock up on green beans for green bean casserole.
Yams are a hit at our house around the holidays, stock up and be ready for your holiday dinners. IF you want to stock up on yams and freeze them for later use simpley boil them, slice or mash and freeze in zip lock freezer bag.
Kale and Spinach
Stock up and freeze what you won’t be able to use right away. Frozen spinach and kale is great in smoothies.
Lemons can be squeezed, frozen in ice cube trays and stored in gallon sized zip locks for use year round. Drop a couple of lemon cubes in a pitcher of water, and sugar and enjoy your lemonade.
Here is a list of vegetables in season in December:
- Green Beans
- Brussels Sprout
- Chili Pepper
- Green Peppers
- Summer Squash
- Winter Squash
In season fruit:
- Valencia Oranges