15 Ways to Eat the 5 Best Winter Fruits

Flaky Blood Orange Tart © Quentin Bacon
By F&W Editors Posted January 06, 2015

Looking out the window, it might feel as though nothing is growing anymore. But winter is actually a terrific season for produce, especially when it comes to fruit. Here, five in-season fruits and the best ways to eat them.

Looking out the window, it might feel as though nothing is growing anymore. But winter is actually a terrific season for produce, especially when it comes to fruit. Here, five in-season fruits and the best ways to eat them.

Tangerine
The sweet-tart fruits are the perfect handheld snack. Primarily grown in Florida and California, the cold-hearty citrus fruit is in season from about October through April.

Carmel-Tangerine Parfaits 
These killer parfaits are the perfect contrast of cold, crunchy and creamy.

Roast Chicken with Tangerines 
A tangerine glaze brightens up this rustic roast chicken.

Beet Salad with Tangerines 
Tangerines are used two ways in this recipe: Sections of the fruit are tossed into the salad, and tangerine juice flavors the vinaigrette.

Pomegranate
While they may be a chore to break down, pomegranates are some of the best winter fruits around. Available from September through February, their jewel-like seeds are packed with antioxidants.

Brussels Sprout Slaw with Hazelnuts and Pomegranate 
There’s a ton of flavor and texture in this slaw: crisp brussels sprouts, crunchy hazelnuts, salty shaved cheese and bright, tangy pomegranate seeds.

Spice-Rubbed Salmon with Herb-and-Pomegranate Raita 
The cooling yogurt sauce is delicious with the spiced salmon.

Serrano Ham and Arugula Salad with Pomegranate Salsa 
This is a perfect winter salad layered with arugula, ricotta salata, salty Serrano ham and pomegranate salsa.

Persimmon
There are two types of persimmon available: astringent and non-astringent. Astringent types like Hachiya need to be ultra-ripe to eat, or they're terrible. When ripe, though, they are delicate, sweet and delicious. Non-astringent persimmons like Fuyu are much more forgiving.

Persimmon-Goat Cheese Wedges 
For a terrific winter snack, layer wedges of sweet persimmon with goat cheese.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Persimmons 
Roasting persimmons turns the fruit tender and sweet, regardless of the type.

Roasted Root-Vegetable Salad with Persimmons 
Sweet persimmons are terrific with bitter greens like endive.

Blood Orange
Crimson-fleshed blood oranges are not only striking but also super flavorful and sweet. Because of the intense pigmentation, blood oranges have more antioxidants than regular oranges.

Flaky Blood Orange Tart 
This stunning yet simple crostata is nothing but sweet-tart oranges and a bit of sugar on a flaky, buttery crust.

Scallops with Blood Orange, Fennel and Pistachios 
There is a ton of flavor in this simple salad.

Blood Orange Screwdrivers 
For a seasonal take on a Screwdriver, swap out regular orange juice for blood orange juice and add a bittersweet splash of Aperol.

Grapefruit
Nothing brightens up a gray morning like a sweet-tart grapefruit half with a sprinkle of sugar. Of course, the citrus fruit’s flavor isn’t the benefit; grapefruits are believed to help lower cholesterol.

Chilled Fennel-Grapefruit Velouté with Lemon Olive Oil 
This chilled soup is made with just six simple ingredients: fresh grapefruit juice, fennel, lemon olive oil, salt, water and sugar.

Scallops with Grapefruit-Onion Salad 
Jarred pickled onions are usually relegated to cocktails, but this simple recipe combines them with ruby red grapefruit to create a deceptively complex-tasting dish.

Cornmeal-Fried Trout with Grapefruit and Fried Sage 
Crispy sage leaves and a butter grapefruit sauce elevate this otherwise simple dish.

Related: More Recipes for Winter Produce
10 Winter Fruit Desserts
18 Terrific Fruit Salads

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