November 30, 2018
It’s the middle of winter and the holiday season, but there is still fresh local produce available in BC at this time of year.
You can find many varieties of squash grown in the Kootenays, Lower Mainland, Okanagan and on Vancouver Island, such as spaghetti, winter, kabocha, banana, butternut and acorn squash.
Perfect for winter soups, root vegetables such as parsnips, turnips, onions and potatoes are also in season. That will warm you up on a chilly day!
Check out this recipe for Creamy Sweet Potato and Turnip Soup from the We Heart Local BC website. Leeks are another great soup addition.
For a very traditional recipe at this time of year, you could try Wild Pheasant in Mushroom and Wine Sauce – pheasant is in season during December, and you can also use B.C. wine for the sauce.
Fruit such as pears, apples and kiwi are also in season – apple pie anyone? Pair it with B.C. cheeses.
That will keep you warm too!
You can find various types of cabbage – Taiwanese, Red, Green and Savoy – as well as watercress, shallots, carrots, garlic, Belgian endives, arugula and Brussel sprouts.
Even though winter might not seem like the time for fresh vegetables, there are plenty of options grown in the province. Pair them with any of the year-round products such as chicken, clams, beef or mussels.
For a full list of what’s in season in any given month, check out our page here.