With January, we are finally in the middle of the winter season with all its first fruits and its strong colors.
With January, we are finally in full swing winter season with all its specialties and its strong colors. The protagonists of this month are still the citrus fruits, with a fresh and sweet taste, with countless benefits for our health and multiple uses in the kitchen, but how can we forget the dried fruit to bring to the table during the dinners and lunches of these last holidays?
Member of the "onion family", but with a sweet and sophisticated flavor, the Visit it can be eaten raw or cooked and is ideal for flavoring and enriching soups or stews, but also to accompany side dishes and cheeses. Thanks to its main characteristic of well tolerating cold and freezing climates, leek is the typical winter vegetable. Source of Vitamin C, iron and fiber, it also has diuretic, laxative and antiseptic properties, and for this reason it is an excellent remedy to treat anemia, urinary infections and to keep cholesterol low. It appears to be a good remedy for the prevention of cancer as well as helping the regular functioning of the intestine. Low in fat, it is essential in weight loss diets.
Varieties of the capuchin cabbage Savoy cabbage however, it has rippled leaves that are green on the outside and more yellow on the inside. With a strong taste and crunchy texture, it has approximately the same nutritional values as broccoli, in fact it contains a lot of vitamins E, A, C, as well as phosphorus, calcium, potassium, sulfur and folic acid (very useful during pregnancy).
Thanks to the presence of indoles (compounds that help the body generate a certain number of beneficial enzymes), savoy cabbage is a good remedy for preventing cancers, especially in the digestive system. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and purifying properties, the juice of this vegetable can cure not only skin blemishes, but also more serious problems such as arthrosis, cystitis, hemorrhoids or even pneumonia and bronchitis. Obviously it is better if eaten steamed and drunk raw centrifuged.
With cream or purple skin and a crunchy texture, turnip has a sweet but slightly spicy flavor. Although available all year round, it is actually advisable to consume this vegetable especially during the winter period, when it is easier to find more tasty and tasty turnips, as well as tender and fresh. Healthy contribution to the diet, turnip is rich in Vitamin C, phosphorus and fiber. It also contains vitamin B6, calcium, manganese, potassium and indoles.
To maintain all the nutritional properties, this vegetable should be eaten raw in salads or steamed, but it is also excellent when roasted in the oven. And to pamper your stomach after a period of abundant festive lunches and dinners, here is the recipe for a very tasty Risotto with White Turnips:
Ingredients (4 people)
- 2 white turnips
- 4 cups of brown rice
- 4 cups of vegetable broth
- 1/3 of leek
Chop the parsley and leek. Bring the broth to a boil in a saucepan. Cut the turnips into small pieces. Fry the parsley and leek in a little oil, add a pinch of salt and pour in the rice and turnips. Lightly roast the rice with the turnips and pour in the broth a little at a time. Cook over low heat for about 20 minutes, stirring and being careful not to let the rice stick. Once cooked, serve with a drizzle of raw oil and, for those who prefer it, with a sprinkling of parmesan or parmesan.
And still in your vegetable basket for this month you can put:
In addition to almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts, figs, dates, plums and raisins are the dried fruits most common ones that are usually consumed during the winter season, to enjoy the health benefits of summer fruit even in the coldest months. Excellent source of nourishment, the dried fruit, it should always be at hand, and to be sure of the origin of the fruit you eat, why not prepare it at home following the method that we illustrated some time ago, How to build a homemade food dryer? But be careful not to overdo it, because due to dehydration, dried fruit can contain many more sugars, and consequently more calories, than fresh fruit.
Hybrid between mandarin and orange, the mandarin, from the different varieties, some more similar to mandarin and others more to orange, with a juicy and sweet pulp, it has the same nutritional properties as all citrus fruits, so in particular it is an excellent source of Vitamin C, necessary for our body to deal with and fight seasonal colds.
Throughout the month of December we can still find:
Download our 2022 calendar with shopping and the seasonal vegetable garden!
Follow your Telegram | Instagram | Facebook | TikTok | Youtube