Three reasons to eat seasonally this Winter

Winter is officially here, so now is a good time to think about what vegetables are coming into season and move your recipe choices to meet what’s most plentiful.

So, what should you be looking out for in your grocery shop this Winter? It’s all those delicious root vegetables, the brassicas and dark leafy green amongst others.

Vegetables: Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Fennel, Kale, Kumara, Leeks, Mushrooms, Onions, Parsnips, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radishes, Rhubarb, Silverbeet, Spinach, Spring Onions, Sprouted Beans and Seeds, Swedes, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watercress, Yams.

But why should you worry about eating seasonally?

1.      You’ll save money – because it’s more easily grown in season and often abundant, the price will be lower.

2.      Keep those food miles low – by eating seasonally you’ll be focusing on local foods which keeps the carbon footprint of your diet down.

3.      Keep things interesting – it’s easy to fall into a routine of purchasing the same stuff when you’re at the supermarket but everyone gets bored eating the same thing. Eating seasonally will help you get variety in your diet.

Once you’ve got your seasonal shop sorted, the next step is to make it into a delicious meal, and New Zealand pork is the perfect partner. We’ve rounded up a few of our recipes that make the most of these Winter seasonal vegetable stars to help you.


Classic Pork Pie

Combining the plentiful Winter pumpkin, leek and carrot with New Zealand pork shoulder, this pie is bound to please the tastebuds as well as the wallet. Click here for the recipe


Roast Loin of Pork with Crackling and Roast Vegetables

Nothing says Winter like Roast Pork, and this recipe has the method for the ultimate roast potatoes and kumara. Click here for the recipe


Hoisin Pork Yaki Udon

Broccoli and carrots make this a delicious Winter pork stir fry that you can have on the table in under 30 minutes! Click here for the recipe


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