7 Sensational Seasonal Foods ...

The best seasonal food adds freshness to any meal or diet. There are, of course, special foods that taste best in every season, but right now I'm focusing on delicious winter foods! There are lots of well-known seasonal delicacies, like potatoes, beets, and oranges, but I'm focusing on some very special foods. For the most part they're bright, fresh, and seriously yummy, so even when it's cold and dreary outside, you'll be able to add some bright splashes of color and fresh new tastes to your meals. Intrigued yet? Then just keep reading for the best seasonal food for winter!

1. Clementines

Nothing beats citrus when you're looking for the best seasonal food. Oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits are all ideal during the winter months – but they're also common. If you want some serious vitamin C or want to play around with recipes that call for oranges or tangerines, go with clementines. They're small, they're sweet, and they're delicious. They're also great for lunches and snacks!

2. Sunchokes

Top Chef got me into sunchokes, also known as Jerusalem artichokes, earth apples, and sunroots, among others. It's a kind of sunflower with a tuber, and it's just delicious. Sunchokes are extremely good for you; some studies suggest that they can help with diabetes. As a root vegetable, they taste fantastic in stews or you can mash or puree them.

3. Kale

Many of the best seasonal foods are healthy all year round. That's especially true for kale, which is quickly becoming known as a super food in its own right. Fresh and tasty, there are so many ways you can eat kale, from adding it to a salad to steaming or sauteing it like spinach. And if you have a rabbit, you can always share with your bunny!

4. Parsnips

I adore parsnips; they're just the best seasonal food for winter. They're something of an acquired taste, it's true, but they're earthy and even a little nutty. In Southern cooking, they're frequently battered and fried (we batter and fry everything in the South), which is bad. The good news is that there are lots of healthier ways to cook them, including delicious, buttery purees. Make sure you stick to thin stalks, they taste much better!

5. Persimmons

Ah, persimmons, they're just amazing! Now, they're only available at their peak for a short time, so grab them up during the early part of the winter. Ideally, make sure they have plenty of heft and weight, and remember that brighter is always better.

6. Yams

Of course yams make an appearance on this list! They are so good for you, and they're incredibly versatile. You might prefer sweet potatoes, and that's fine as well. From healthy fries to baked yams to scrumptious mashes with a little salt and brown sugar, you can't go wrong with yams – and they're super healthy, too!

7. Winter Squash

It goes without saying that winter squash is the best seasonal food for the season – it even says so! No matter what kind you like, you'll easily be able to find your preference. You can also cook it any way you like, from sautes to soft boils, which taste excellent with a little bit of butter and salt for flavor.

For me, the best seasonal food is probably squash; I love it all year round, but winter squash is something special! In winter, always look for hearty, nutritious foods that will help you stay warm, fulfilled, and healthy. Eating right keeps the winter blues at bay, after all. What are your favorite seasonal foods for winter?