Texas Travel

Buy This Now: Winter Produce

By Kristy Alpert 1.17.14

From seasonal squash to cold-hearty cabbage, buying winter produce in season isn’t just the most cost-effective route; it’s actually one of Mother Nature’s most powerful winter remedies for a warm and healthy body.

“There are certain things that are good for you certain times of year,” says David Anthony Temple, a.k.a. Chef DAT, chef and owner of Chef DAT LLC and leader in the underground dining movement across Texas. “In winter you’re going to have your root vegetables, different mushrooms, truffles, and things that can really handle the cold well. It’s kind of like Mother Nature really provides what you’re going to need in the season.”

Most of the produce readily available during a Texas winter typically falls into the category of “foods best served warm.” Items like potatoes, carrots, herbs, and mushrooms make for amazing additions to hearty winter stews and soups, and are great for keeping the whole family warm and toasty during the colder months.

To take advantage of the freshest produce of the season, Chef DAT’s top choices include:

  • Squash Winter squash varieties like spaghetti, butternut, pumpkin, and acorn are top sellers in the chilly months and make for excellent additions to sweet staples like muffins and pies, but even perform well in savory dishes like pastas.
  • Mushrooms All varieties are fair game this season, but for a real winter treat, try chanterelles, truffles, and black trumpets.
  • Root vegetables Think beets, carrots, turnips, potatoes, and parsnips.
  • Citrus Especially bright and sweet varieties like clementines, blood oranges, and grapefruit. “Texas grapefruits are going to be gorgeous this year,” Chef DAT says.
  • Herbs Have rosemary, bay leaves, and thyme on hand for flavorful additions to any winter recipe.
  • Bulb vegetables Onions, shallots, and garlic all do well in the winter.