Winter is a hard time for fruit lovers. Seems like it’s apples, bananas, and oranges for the next few months. It’s hard to be excited with such a limited palette, the same thing over and over every day starts to feel like drudgery.
Well…sort of. There is a little more variety out there if you look. Also, oranges are only a small portion of citrus fruits. Don’t forget:
- Blood oranges
I love citrus because it comes in a handy, durable carrying case that you just peel off when you’re ready to eat. (downside: you have to wash your hands when you’re done. NBD) Although, for some reason, I can’t eat a grapefruit in any way except with a spoon after slicing it in half. It’s just not satisfying any other way for me! Also try out a pomelo sometime, it’s rumored to be like a grapefruit only sweeter and milder.
Apples have to be chosen carefully, but there are SO many varieties. Avoid the mushy nasty ones, like red or yellow delicious. Also the bitter ones like granny smith. I recommend honey crisp, fuji, or opal varieties. Jazz or pink lady can occasionally be nice too.
Pears have such a similarity to apples for me (round-ish, smooth, sweet, fruity!) that they hardly seem much different during the long winter months. However, you can do cool stuff with pears like making pear and parsnip soup! Pears come in a wide variety as well – here are 10 types of pears, maybe pick up a different variety every week and do a taste test.
Grapes are also supposed to be in season, and red, green and black varieties all have their own flavor. I avoid anything not specifically labelled as seedless – ain’t nobody got time for seeds! I like to grab a handful of grapes and munch them while I’m working.
And then there are the exotic fruits – pomegranates, kiwis, passion fruit, cranberries, persimmons (early winter only, sadly). Personally, kiwis taste like heaven to me. I will happily eat kiwis all year round – I slice them in half and eat each half with a spoon. Two or three in a row. Yum!
You may have to go out of your way and check out the 99 Ranch (if you’re in CA) or other specialist grocery, but winter is a good time for seeking out variety – what else you gonna do if you love fruit?