Winter may be cold and gray, but that doesn't have to color your choice of food! Beautiful winter fruits and vegetables are still available throughout the season, and here are a few excellent options to brighten up your winter meals. From fresh green kiwis to sweet orange clementines (and plenty of other citrus too), winter won't be so gray after all.

Grapefruit

Citrus is fantastic in the winter time and grapefruit is included! This fruit is a fantastic source of nutrients, vitamin C, and it's a great anti-oxidant! Enjoy it on its own, or slice it up into a delicious salad like this one.

Lobster, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad

  Winter Squash

Butternut squash, acorn squash and other varieties of squash are at their prime from fall and deep into winter! Their vibrant orange flesh and subtle taste make them a versatile, colorful addition to all kinds of meals.

Winter Squash Soup with Gruyere CroutonsWinter Squash Soup with Gruyere Croutons

  Kiwifruit

Kiwifruit, or Kiwi as it's usually abbreviated, is a tartly sweet fruit with a long history of consumption throughout the eastern hemisphere. Its name is derived from the flightless Kiwi bird indigenous to New Zealand, where kiwifruit is an important export!

Kiwi Cream Cheese Tart

  Tangerines

Oranges, clementines, mandarin oranges, and tangerines are all in season this winter!  Now's the time to stock up on these great citruses. Tangerines and clementines are also handily portable and small, making them an awesome snack too.

Spicy Tangerine Beef

  Fennel

This strongly flavored plant has many culinary uses, from its seeds - commonly ground into spices - to its crisp, hearty bulbs, which make excellent additions to salads.

Sausage Fennel Stuffing

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