Winter is the coldest season of the year in temperate climates, between autumn and spring. Did you know it is caused by the axis of the Earth in the respective hemisphere being oriented away from the Sun?

Different cultures define different dates as the start of winter, and some use a definition based on weather, but when it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere it is summer in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa. In many regions, winter is associated with snow and freezing temperatures.  At the winter solstice, the days are shortest and the nights are longest, with days lengthening as the season progresses after the solstice.

Putting aside the scientific reasons for Winter, for us it is a time for open fires, long coats and hats, warm drinks, curries, stews and for some the enjoyment of the ski field.  A time to find great comfort food recipes for the whole family to enjoy.

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:  it is the time for home.” Edith Sitwell

“He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter…. In winter the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity”. John Burroughs, “The Snow-Walkers,” 1866

So what is in season in Winter?  Below is a list of all the fruit and vegetables that are in season in Winter.

Avocados Artichokes
Bananas Broccoli
Dates Cabbage
Kiwifruit Carrots
Lemons Cauliflower
Limes Fennel
Mandarins Garlic
Pears Kumara
Rhubarb Lettuce
Tamarillos Mushrooms
Old potatoes
Pak choi
Pumpkin, crown
Pumpkin, iron cap
Pumpkin, wee gems
Silver beets