By Julie Winsel | Published January 2018

It’s a constant battle: Do you pick what is in season or do you pick what you really want, risking an unsatisfying taste? Local or trucked in? And in the winter cold, what are your options, really?

Surprisingly, things actually do still grow and are harvested in December, despite the snow and freezing rain. Also, the options aren’t as limited as you might think; some of your favorites are in their prime right now.

We’ve broken down the fruits, vegetables, and fish that are in season over the next three months and available from Pacific Northwest sources. Try incorporating some of these into your winter eats).

Fruits/vegetables

December: Apples, Hazelnuts, Pears, Garlic, Mushrooms, Onions, Potatoes, Winter squash, Cabbage, Kale, Broccoli, Carrots, Parsnips, Cauliflower, Turnips, Rutabagas, Beets, Brussels sprouts and Spinach

January: Apples, Hazelnuts, Pears, Garlic, Mushrooms, Onions, Potatoes, Winter squash, Beets, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots and Kale 

February: Apples, Hazelnuts, Pears, Garlic, Mushrooms, Onions, Potatoes, Winter squash, Cabbage and Kale

Fish/shellfish

December: Winter steelhead, Sturgeon, Fall chinook, Coho salmon, Trout, Kokanee, Bass, Bottomfish, Crab and Clams

January: Winter steelhead, Sturgeon, Fall chinook, Trout, Bottomfish, Crab, Burbot (freshwater ling)

February: Winter steelhead, Sturgeon, Striped bass, Trout, Spring chinook, Bottomfish, Crab, Walleye, Salmon, Clams and Lake whitefish

Sources: foodhero.net, Oregonfresh.net