What’s in Season? December

Acorn and other winter squash dominate the market between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Looking for something different to bring to a gathering this holiday season? Pears hold the key. Mix pears with blue cheese in a tart, salad or even just sliced as part of a cheese and fruit platter.

There might not be much sunshine, but there’s plenty of citrus. You can be sure to get your daily servings of fruit and lots of vitamin C when incorporating oranges or grapefruit to your daily diet.


  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Winter squash


  • Apples
  • Figs
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Oranges
  • Pears
  • Tangerines

From the “recipes that look good, but that I haven’t had the chance to tackle myself” files, Epicurious has a good guide to pear selection and recipes. Also try this cumin-roasted cauliflower recipe that my friend Monica swears by.

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2 Responses

  1. Jim says:

    You are lucky indeed that onions and figs are still in season in your part of the world – two of my favorites, and a distant memory this time of year in the southeast. But don’t forget lots of great greens this time of year! Kale, collards, chard, mustard, spinach and more. They are great not only because of their taste and nutritional content, but also because they are inexpensive and so versatile – you can substitute any of them for one another, and throw them in everything from soups to omelets to stir-frys and stand-alone green dishes.

  2. Alisa says:

    I have a terrible habit about forgetting to mention the greens, largely because they’re always present at my market and I’m thinking of more seasonal foods. But of course, not everyone lives in Northern California. I need to be more aware of what’s seasonal outside of my little area.

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