December seasonal purchases. We are still three weeks away from the great arrival of winter, but that does not mean that we can no longer find fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, in fact nature continues to give us warm colors and flavors rich in vitamins and mineral salts.
Let’s see specifically what fruits and vegetables we can fill our plate with, and brighten up the afternoons of this month of December.
Plant with multiple nutritional properties, beetUnfortunately, however, it is not very appreciated in our peninsula, unlike other countries, such as France and Germany, which are also the largest producers. In addition to being rich in sugars, mineral salts and vitamins, beets have dietary properties, facilitates the elimination of toxins from the body, it is purifying, restorativefavors the digestion and strengthens the gastric mucosa, stimulates the production of red blood cells, consequently treating anemia. To be consumed fresh in salads or cooked in soft and tasty soups, this plant, with a little imagination, could be the key and secret ingredient of delicious and especially nutritious recipes.
And if you’ve never tried it, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the fresh taste of beet juice, especially if it’s fortified with orange or apple juice.
Broccoli and cabbage
Bright green in color, so pretty to look at, but also so good to taste, broccoli, along with cabbage, belongs to the cruciferous family. better if steamed, this completely edible vegetable, is a very rich source of vitamin C and mineral salts, in particular iron. With antioxidant properties, it should be consumed regularly, especially during this period, as it is excellent. Remedy to prevent any type of tumor. and particularly effective in the treatment of the thyroid.
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Freshly harvested, washed and cleaned, fried in a pan with a little garlic, chicory is one of the delights that the winter countryside offers us, and that should not be missing on a “green” table. Purifying, detoxifying, diuretic and even slightly laxative, chicory also protects the liver, improving its functions.
For quick and economical recipe (Ingredients for 4 people)
- 300 g chicory (washed and cleaned);
- 400 g of whole wheat fusilli;
- 1 clove garlic;
- 1 tablespoon olive oil;
- pecorino cheese;
Cut the chicory into thin strips. Let it boil for about ten minutes. Meanwhile, in a frying pan, fry the garlic in oil, add a little salt and add the radicchio. Cook over medium heat for five minutes for flavor. Cook the pasta and once drained, pour it into the pan with the chicory. Brown lightly. Serve with a sprinkle of pecorino cheese and a drizzle of raw oil.
And again in your vegetable basket this month you could put:
- Brussels sprouts
- Jerusalem artichoke
It is surprising that this sunny-looking fruit expresses itself best during the darkest season of the year. In addition to being the main ingredient, or rather exclusive, of very sweet and nutritious fruit juices, orange can be used in an unlimited number of recipes: sauces, condiments and above all fabulous desserts, which decorated with chocolate offer surprising flavors.
Imported by the Romans directly from China to Europe, where this fruit was used more for its aroma than for its nutritional qualities, today it is one of the most important crops in our country, especially in the South.
Thanks to’high vitamin C content Orange has antianemic properties, since it is capable of promoting the absorption of iron, useful for the formation of red blood cells.
Belonging to the Rutaceae (citrus) family, along with citron and grapefruit, the mandarin is actually the only sweet fruit of the three. With its sugary and juicy pulp, which is usually consumed fresh, the mandarin can also be enjoyed in the form of soft jam or even candied fruit. Its beneficial properties are, to say the least, innumerable and, like oranges, it is advisable to enjoy them in the winter months, to strengthen our immune defenses, which have been greatly affected especially at this time. In addition to Vitamin C, A and B, the mandarin has a notable content of fiber, mineral salts and folic acid. According to recent studies, it seems that this fruit also has anti-tumor properties as well as heart protection.
And after peeling it and eating a lot, try to prepare a fragrant one. tangerine decoction to deodorize the air at home and relax your nervous system with its pleasant aroma.
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Throughout the month of December we can still find
- dried fruit
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Month of December: planting, harvesting and work in the garden.