Eating seasonally and locally is possible during the winter. Cold weather crops, the use of hoop houses and other methods that extend the natural growing season ensure that there are plenty of winter fruits and vegetables available.
During winter, the body does need more vitamins and minerals to withstand the cold, and there are plenty of vegetables to choose from.
Look for them at farmers markets and in produce departments for the best flavor and greatest value in season. There are a variety of cold-weather favorites like cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, dark leafy greens and all the wonderful root vegetables like carrots, parsnips, turnips, sweet potatoes and of course the all-time favorite, potato.
Turnips are nutritious root vegetables sought after in a variety of cuisines across Europe, Asia, and Eastern American regions.
Rutabaga, another root vegetable, is closely related to turnips. Rutabagas are larger, more round, mostly feature yellow color flesh, and sweeter than turnips.
The roots and the greens are very rich in vitamins and anti oxidants.