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January: Seasonal foods

Here are some foods that are right at the best of their season in January, and some great healthy recipes to add to your repertoire.

Blood oranges

BloodOrange
As the name suggests, what differentiates a blood orange from a normal orange is the pigment of the pulp, which is a deep red colour. This is known as anthocyanin, which is an antioxidant and protects against cancer and heart disease. Blood oranges also contain the characteristics of all oranges, such as vitamin C, folate and fibre. As for the taste, blood oranges are less acidic that common varieties.

To see our Blood Orange and Spinach Salad recipe, click here.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower
Like all cruciferous vegetables, cauliflower is a great addition to a detoxing diet. Including it in your diet will promote both heart and brain health, as well as being an anti-inflammatory and rich in vitamins. Cauliflower can be enjoyed raw or cooked as itself, or as a healthier substitute to carbohydrates like rice or mashed potato.

To see our Roasted Cauliflower Salad recipe, click here.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb
Rhubarb is very popular not only as a culinary ingredient but also in medicine too. It’s very high in fibre and can be used to relieve constipation, fever and swelling. A serving provides 45% of your daily recommended allowance of vitamin K, useful for bone growth, vitamin C and vitamin A. Rhubarb can be eaten raw, although most recipes involving raw rhubarb require it to be soaked in honey. For a simpler option, enjoy it cooked, like in our classic crumble recipe below, but remember that the leaves are poisonous.

To see our Rhubarb Crumble recipe, click here.

Lemons

Lemon
Although lemons are easily available all year round, they are in fact at their best in the UK between January and March. The trick for spotting the best lemons is to look out for ones that are firm and feel heavy for their size. Avoid lemon that are slightly green as this is a sign of being under ripe, and pale lemons are older. Lemons are a great addition to pretty much any meal, but make it the main attraction with a dish like our lemon chicken recipe.

To see our Lemon Chicken recipe, click here.

About the author

Lydia Jones

Lydia has a history in writing about and practicing good nutrition. Having lost three stone after changing her own eating habits, she spent a year training with one of the UK’s most successful weight loss organizations, as well as starting her journalism career working for a women’s online health and fitness publication. A complete foodie at heart, Lydia only has two rules when it comes to healthy food – make sure it’s tasty, and make sure there’s lots of it.

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