Beyond Bananas – Seasonal Fruits in Winter

Every day, I pack a boxed lunch for my children to bring to school.  And as I try to navigate the waters of my eco-friendly conscience, I realize that I need to branch out and move away from serving so many bananas.  Don’t get me wrong, I love bananas.  My kids love bananas.  But bananas have to travel all the way from another country to get here – and that can’t be that great for Mother Earth.  The good news is that there are many options for winter fruits that don’t require a passport.

I took these photos last week at our farmer’s market…

Winter Fruit

You probably know what these are...

winter fruit

But what about all of these? Can you identify them?

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What fruits does your family enjoy in the winter?  Is it challenging to find good produce in the winter where you live?

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14 Responses to Beyond Bananas – Seasonal Fruits in Winter

  1. Tracy says:

    We usually end up eating a lot of apples and bananas, but I like to stock up on citrus whenever I can, too!

  2. Amanda says:

    Well, since winter is more like 8 months where I live, I just by whatever organic fruits I can..we love them and crave them all year long here!

  3. Beautiful photos! It will be a while until we have local fruits and veggies available, but I am fortunate that our local store carries a lot of organic produce. Lately, I’ve started seeing strawberries from Florida. Fortunately, there are a lot of great citrus fruits, too… Available all year round.

  4. naomi says:

    Michelle, you are always opening my eyes to something new. The idea of banannas traveling and the resources used to bring them here has never been even on my radar. You are so right about finding more seasonal and local produce!

  5. Oh, I am really enjoying all the citrus fruits at the moment. I can’t wait for kumquats!

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  7. Gina says:

    My kids, thankfully, understand that fruit and vegetables have seasons so it’s easier for us to walk by the berries this time of year that come from California or Mexico. We eat a lot of citrus, apples, pears and root vegetables right now, and rely on fruit we froze or canned over the summer.

    But boy are we all looking forward to our growing season that starts around early June!

  8. Michelle, I so admire the way you think and the time you put into feeding your family healthy food. I know that it is not easy!!

  9. I love oranges, kiwis, and more, but my husband won’t move beyond the apple and banana regimen, so I hardly ever buy anything but that, because it’ll go bad before I have a time to eat it. I need to get better about buying smaller quantities.

  10. Kristen says:

    We are huge clementine eaters in the winter… apples, bananas and clementines seems to be about our staples!

  11. Gina says:

    Bananas are a “treat” in our house. I have a four year old and almost two year old and the older one is definitely capable of understanding that “we don’t eat banana because they don’t grow near where we live”. We do have an orange tree so we eat lots of oranges. We can also find good local apples and sometimes pomegranates. We also rely on a lot of fruits that we canned or froze when at their peak (applesauce, canned cherries, canned peaches, frozen berries).

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