Winter isn't always associated with meals full of flavor, but that's not how things have to be in your kitchen! The key to keeping meals flavorful is using the freshest quality ingredients you can find. So…what is in season in January?! This produce guide for the month of January will help you to stay inspired while using the freshest ingredients right now!
January is smack dab in the middle of winter, but in Florida, temperatures don't vary too much. Thankfully, taking a look at the seasonal produce that is available in January gives more of a clue for what to cook. Think of cozy favorites featuring winter squash and root vegetables. Light and crisp salads featuring the freshest winter greens, and cool and refreshing desserts featuring bright and zingy citrus.
While this list will vary slightly based on your geographical location, here’s what you can expect to find across the United States in the winter month of January.
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infographic of what's in season in January
Here's a handy infographic to showcase some of the freshest seasonal produce available in January. Save this image for all your grocery trips this month, or pin it for later!
complete list of fruits & veggies in season in January
Here are two comprehensive lists of fruits and veggies that are in season in the month of January!
Fruits that are in season in January:
Vegetables that are in season in January:
- Swiss chard
- Winter Squash
January ingredient spotlight & recipe share
Here’s a focused list of what produce is in season in January and some links to recipes for inspiration!
Dull winter days are made so much brighter thanks to citrus being in peak season!
While most people associate summer with things like lemonade, January is actually the best season for fresh citrus specialties. Whether you want fresh squeezed juice or you're wanting to try out a new fruity dessert, lemons are sure to bring some brightness to your gloomy winter days! Try out these strawberry-lemon bars, they pack a punch of citrus zing!
Passionfruit is a tropical fruit that makes its seasonal appearance in January and it's worth hunting down!
Passion vine growths readily in the tropical Florida climate, so we always get a big haul of these fruits between December and March, with peak season being between January and February.
If you've never had passionfruit, think of it as a mix between citrus and pineapple. It's sweet, but tart, especially if it's not eaten fully ripe. One of the easiest ways to use passion fruit is in cocktails and mocktails, and this passion fruit simple syrup is the perfect recipe for both!
Parsnips are like cousins of carrots, and they're perfect for roasting in winter!
Parsnips are a root vegetable just like carrots, but they don't have the same flavor. They are slightly nutty in flavor, and roasting enhances this flavor big time! Try them pureed, in soups, or as a side dish for dinner in winter. They partner wonderfully with potatoes and squash when roasted in the oven. Try these roasted parsnips as your next winter side dish!
Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower are in season in January...
...and they're also just begging to be roasted. Broccoli just so happens to be delicious when roasted with lemon juice and parmesan cheese, making it the perfect side dish for your next pasta night!
Winter squash like butternut and acorn varieties are still going strong...
...even if it seems like people seem to forget about the harvest after the Thanksgiving season. It's still prime time for all of your squash recipes, like this butternut squash soup!
So, what’s on your shopping list this month?
Our passion vine is always producing fruits overtime this time of year, so I know we will be having lots of passion fruit juice on hand! Also, living in Florida means it's mandatory to indulge in citrus season, so you can bet to find all kinds of oranges stashed in our fridge! While I'm not sure how I feel about turnips and beets...but maybe this is the year to give them a go?! ?