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Unlocking the Power of Local Seasonal Produce in December

In today’s nutrition journey, we’re diving into the incredible world of local seasonal produce and exploring the bountiful treasures that December brings to California tables. Join us as we uncover the numerous benefits of choosing locally sourced, seasonal fruits and vegetables. From supporting local farmers to enjoying peak freshness and flavor, there’s a lot to love about embracing the seasonal bounty that surrounds us. Why should you choose local seasonal produce? Our video breaks down the environmental, economic, and health advantages that come with incorporating these nutrient-rich goodies into your diet.

Wondering what’s in season in California this December? We’ve got you covered!

December Delights

  1. Citrus Fruits:

  • Oranges

  • Grapefruits

  • Clementines

  1. Leafy Greens:

  • Kale

  • Spinach

  • Swiss Chard

  1. Root Vegetables:

  • Carrots

  • Beets

  • Turnips

  1. Cruciferous Vegetables:

  • Broccoli

  • Cauliflower

  • Brussels Sprouts

  1. Winter Squash:

  • Butternut Squash

  • Acorn Squash

  • Spaghetti Squash

  1. Berries:

  • Cranberries

  • Raspberries (in some regions)

  1. Nuts:

  • Walnuts

  • Almonds

  • Pecans

Nutritional Benefits:

  • Citrus fruits provide Vitamin C for immune support.

  • Leafy greens are rich in iron and fiber.

  • Root vegetables offer vitamins and minerals like beta-carotene.

  • Cruciferous vegetables contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Winter squash provides Vitamin A and is a good source of fiber.

  • Berries are packed with antioxidants and vitamins.

  • Nuts offer healthy fats and essential nutrients.

Cooking Tips:

  • Roast winter squash for a delicious side dish.

  • Create vibrant salads with citrus fruits and leafy greens.

  • Incorporate root vegetables into stews and soups.

  • Steam or sauté cruciferous vegetables for a nutritious side.

  • Enjoy berries as a snack or add them to yogurt and oatmeal.

Eating Seasonally Supports Local Agriculture and Promotes a Healthy Lifestyle. Let’s embrace the goodness that’s right in our backyard!

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