winter fruits

The winter season is upon us, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up fresh fruits for these next few months. In fact, several fruits actually come into season this time of year, and they are fresher and tastier now more than ever. Here are our five favorite holiday fruits at the OA kitchens, along with our fave recipes to cook them in. 

APPLES

For starters, learn why organic apples are the way to go at the market. And if you’re still stuck on Granny Smith and Red Delicious, you may want to expand your apple selection to the more diverse heirloom varieties. For the yet more adventurous apple enthusiasts, try your hand at going apple picking right from the source, at an apple orchard near you.

Our fave apple recipes at OA:

Baked Organic Apples with Winter Fruit Compote

Apple Pumpkin Bumpkin Cocktail

CRANBERRIES

Cranberries may be making an appearance on your kitchen table this holiday season, but did you realize they’re incredibly healthy? From being a powerful anti-bacterial to fighting UTIs, these fruits are both nutritious and festive.

Our fave cranberry recipes at OA:

Kale Cornbread and Cranberry Stuffing

Cranberry Sage Brown Butter

Oven-Braised Brisket with Red Wine Wild Mushrooms & Cranberry Sauce

Organic Cranberry Pomegranate Persimmon Relish 

CHERRIES

Though cherries grow most prolifically in the late summer, they are surprisingly utilized more in winter and holiday recipes. Buy them in the freezer section this time of year, or enjoy them dried from the bulk section (our absolute favorite dried fruit out there!). Should you choose organic cherries this winter season? Great question; check out the facts here.

Our fave cherry recipes at OA:

Autumn Cherry Ginger Whiskey Infusion

Cherry and Greens Salad

Organic Coleslaw with Cranberries

No-Bake Brownie Bites

BLOOD ORANGES

Blood oranges aren’t a summer fruit, contrary to most people’s feelings about them. They’re actually in season during the late winter months, and they are full of cold-fighting properties and antioxidants.

Our fave blood orange recipes at OA:

Organic Blood Orange Almond Vinaigrette

Herb-Infused Winter Cocktail

Red Beet and Blood Orange Salad

Pepita Crusted Halibut with Blood Orange Jicama Chutney

PERSIMMONS

We are simply wild about persimmons at OA! These underdogs of the winter fruits are abundant this time of year, and they’re great in both sweet and savory seasonal dishes.

Our fave persimmon recipes at OA:

Organic Mache Salad with Fuyu Persimmons

Autumn Prosciutto-Wrapped Persimmons

Pumpkin Persimmon Bread

Organic Persimmon Salsa

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