Depending on your region, these citrus fruits may be abundant at this time of the year. If so, enjoy them for the rest of us! While they're fabulous straight out of the peel, there are some creative alternatives for enjoying these vitamin-rich fruits.
Grapefruit. Try an orange-grapefruit-pomegranate compote for a healthy desert.
Lemons. Whip up a batch of lemon bars.
Oranges. How about some freshly-squeezed orange juice to start your day? Also try adding orange zest to some of your favorite baked goods, like muffins and sweet breads.
Tangerines. Toss a peeled tangerine into a blender along with frozen banana chunks and some orange juice for a smoothie.
Although enjoying seasonal produce in the dead of winter may not be as straightforward as in other seasons, the delicious flavors of winter are well worth the extra trouble.
Chestnuts. Unless you live near a chestnut grove, you’ll be hard-pressed to find these nuts locally. But December is their season, so here are a few options for preparing these holiday treats. After slicing a slit into their smooth shell, they may be boiled (for 15-30 minutes) or roasted (baked for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring occasionally). Eat them plain or incorporated into a recipe. Boil for 15-30 minutes, and then peel.