This post explores seasonal eating in December and focuses on the many uses for citrus. Sometimes seasonal isn’t local. Choosing wisely, you can eat seasonally this December without limiting your diet to winter standards like squashes and Brussels sprouts. Fabulous foods, but there’s o much more to the December kitchen.
December Seasonal Eating | Focus on Citrus
Reviewing the December seasonal eating food list is a great time to explore seasonal foods that are seasonal but not local. For most of us, except for the lucky ones who live in warm and sunny places like Florida and California, citrus fruits are not local. There are many other foods available in December that are seasonal but not local like pomegranates, cranberries, dates, and nuts. Let’s build the big list of December seasonal fruits and vegetables, and then spend some time talking about balance, seasonal flavors, and sustainability. We’ll then explore recipes that feature citrus fruits as a part of the December seasonal meu.
The December Seasonal Eating Food List
The December seasonal eating food list is one of the more diverse of the year. In December, we have a month that is close enough to fall harvests to have many of the fall fruits and vegetables readily available for tasty and nutritious meals. Some of us are lucky enough to have a winter farmers market where local farmers have plenty of produce available for patrons. Others are still harvesting from season extended garden beds. Finally, the local food co-op is a great place to find fresh and local produce in December.
We also have access to our winter food stores, all the canned goods and cold storage items we stocked away all summer and fall. Finally, this is a time of year when many fruits and vegetables grown along the equator are harvested and sold. December meals can be some of the best meals of the year.
Here’s your December seasonal eating food list:
Recipes from the blog for these December seasonal ingredients:
The Seasonal Flavors of December
December cooking, in my mind, is all about the warm spices. By this, I mean the spices that actually have a warming effect on the mouth and even the entire body. These spices also aid digestion, which is perfect for helping with heavy December Holiday meals. I’m talking about the flavors of pumpkin spice, chai tea, and ginger snaps. They not only make a chilled body warm, but they also fill the house with a scent that firmly says winter comfort.
Here’s your list of warming spices used to create December seasonal flavors in your meals, treats, and warm drinks.
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Eating seasonal and local aren’t always the same thing.
Eating seasonal and local aren’t always the same thing, and that’s ok with me. While it is important to support the local economy and limit the carbon footprint of your daily meals, it is also important to remember and enjoy the fact that we live in the 21st century. It is a blessing and a treat to have easy access to seasonal foods that are not local. Enjoy them, in measure and with gratitude.
Eating a grapefruit in December is not the same as eating a strawberry in December. If like me, you live in a 4-season agricultural zone, strawberries are ripe from April through June. That is when they should be enjoyed for peak freshness, flavor, and in support of sustainable growing practices. If you want strawberries as a part of your winter meals, like I do, then freeze them or preserve them in jellies and jams. That’s how we eat seasonally all year long.
Citrus, pomegranates, cranberries, and dates are foods that are fresh harvested in December and are certainly a part of the seasonal flavors of the month. When enjoying these non-local, seasonal foods please choose organic when you can. Every little bit helps to reduce the chemical load in the soils of this beautiful planet.
December Seasonal Eating | Focus on Citrus
I love citrus! From a sweet navel orange freshly peeled to lemon zest in my kale salad. Citrus is a fresh, light and bright flavor in salads. It is a comforting flavor in baked goods. We always got citrus in our Christmas stocking as a kid, and it is definitely a seasonal December flavor that takes up room in my heart space.
I searched the internet for citrus-forward recipes to brighten your December meals and Holiday celebrations. Enjoy!
I love lemon curd! I have made it with Swerve in recent years and am delighted to say it keeps its consistency with this artificial sweetener. Click here for the Lemon Curd recipe from Two Peas and a Pod.
Roasting grapefruit is not something I ever considered. After this research, it is definitely on the list for one of my meals this week! Here is the roasted grapefruit with cinnamon and brown sugar recipe from Dishing Up the Dirt.
I’m pretty tempted to move this item to the dessert menu and use this Rum and Roasted Grapefruit recipe from Saveur.
Lime Chicken Tacos
Lime chicken tacos for Taco Tuesday or any night! Taste of Home hs a recipe that is quick and easy, weeknight-friendly!
Sangria is my favorite party punch! It is flavorful, festive, and affordable! I love piling up ll the fruit, especially citrus, in the glasses when serving. The Kitchn has this perfect recipe for Breakfast Sangria (a brunch-worthy beverage) that comes complete with bubbles and all for your December holiday celebrations.
Citrus Ginger Smoothie
I start my days with either bacon and eggs or a nice, nutritious smoothie. Smoothies are great because I can add my supplements and take breakfast on-the-go when the morning gets ahead of me. My Diary of Us offers this awesome Citrus Ginger smoothie recipe to get your mornings sipping along.
Kale and Blood Orange Salad
My winter garden will be loaded with kale and I am always looking for new ways to serve it come December. This kale and blood orange salad from A House in the Hills looks set to become a winter favorite here at the farm.
More Seasonal Eating Recommendations
We have lots of seasonal eating food lists and individual recipes on the blog. Here are a few that can help you with your December meal planning.
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