By Anna Hazard
While the colder months of winter are not known for their abundance of produce & other natural foods as with the other milder seasons, there still remain certain herbs, fruits, vegetables, and types of meat that reach their peak taste or availability around this time of year. In addition, there are other edible plants that are hardy enough to retain their growth even through the frost & thus will also still be available locally fresh.
The following recipes focus on fresh natural ingredients easily available during the winter with an emphasis on those that provide nutrition particularly beneficial for seniors during this time of year. This includes fatty fish & other sources for the Vitamin D not absorbed through direct exposure to sunlight, citrus fruits for fighting off colds, flus, and other infections abundant during winter, as well as dark leafy greens, root vegetables, and winter squashes that are nutrient dense & reach their peak taste after the first frost. This is a phenomenon often known as frost-curing or frost-touched where certain crucifers, cabbages, roots, and tubers produce sucrose from their stockpiled starches in order to help protect the plant from the incoming cold.
In Season Foods