WINTER

What is in season in Winter?

From late December to March is winter. Generally, January and February are the hardest part of winter. Progressively the days get longer with the promise of a new cycle of seasons.

You might think that in winter there are few vegetables in season. Instead, this season is full of colorful, nutritious, and healthy fruits and vegetables for you to enjoy!

It is the citrus fruit season par excellence, including lemon, orange, and clementine.

Root vegetables are in the spotlight too, for example, baked into delicious comfort food.

And, since Fall 2020 has been particularly mild, we can still find vegetables like broccoli even quite late in the season.

DBDP’s Winter In Season Calendar

Here is our calendar for Winter, based on what is produced in the Paris area. In certain cases, the local production is quite small, and we need to choose vegetables coming from the south of France, Italy, and Spain. In any case, the nearest the better.

Species: Aloysia citriodora/ Lippia citriodora (Verbenaceae)

Common name: EN Lemon beebrush, Lemon verbena, IT Verbena odorosa, FR Verveine citronnelle, ZH 柠檬马鞭草 (pinyin Níngméng mǎbiān cǎo)

Description: Shrub with pointed deciduous leaves and a pleasant lemon scent, growing up 2–3 meters. It can withstand temperatures below zero down to -5°C.

Origin: Native to South America.

Benefits: Improves digestion.

Uses: herbal teas with lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) or thyme, salads, cooked with poultry.

Cultivation: Well-drained soil and not in direct sunlight. At the end of winter, it is good to prune the plant to strengthen it.

Propagation in the garden: By cuttings.

JANUARY

Fruit

Clementine – Grapefruit – Lemon – Orange

Vegetables

Brussels sprouts – Celery – Celeriac (Celery root) – Chinese artichoke (Crosne) – Corn salad – Jerusalem artichoke (Topinambour) – Kale – Leek – Turnip – Green cabbage – Belgian endive – Parsnip – Red cabbage – Salsifi

Herbs

Laurel – Rosemary – Thyme – Sage

Long-lasting fruit and vegetables

Apple – Beet – Carrot – Garlic – Kiwi – Nut – Onion – Pear – Persimmon – Potato – Shallot – Squash – Walnut

FEBRUARY

Fruit

Clementine – Grapefruit – Lemon – Orange

Vegetables

Brussels sprouts – Celery – Celeriac (Celery root) – Chinese artichoke (Crosne) – Corn salad – Jerusalem artichoke (Topinambour) – Leek – Turnip – Green cabbage – Belgian endive – Parsnip – Red cabbage – Salsifi

Herbs

Laurel – Rosemary – Thyme

Long-lasting fruit and vegetables

Apple – Beet – Garlic – Kiwi – Onion – Pear – Persimmon – Potato – Shallot – Squash – Walnut

There are plenty of benefits from eating fruits and vegetables in season:

  • they have a better taste
  • they are more environmental-friendly
  • they are cheaper

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About Valentina

Hi, I’m Valentina. I’m a communication strategy consultant and culture bridge. Passionate about plant-based food, I share inspiration from the cultures I know best: Italian, French and Chinese ones.