Your handy, healthy guide to choosing winter produce

In the winter months, sometimes it’s tough to feel motivated to eat healthy. Temperatures are dropping, which means comfort food is high on our grocery lists. Plus with so many holidays from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day, there’s always tasty treats around for special occasions. 

But we know how important healthy eating is to the Shipt community — and cooking with fresh, nourishing produce often goes hand-in-hand. The problem? It’s tough to know what fruits and veggies to look for when there’s still snow on the ground. 

Winter’s Best Veggies 

Broccoli – Pick stalks with bright green stems and firm heads. Skip any yellowing crowns or stems that are squishier than usual.  

Carrots – Firm, vibrant orange carrots are your best bet for crunchy salads or healthy soups. Anything cracked or limp is a no-go. 

Kale – Go for smaller bunches of kale with a deep green color, and avoid any wilted leaves. Pro tip: small bugs called aphids are fans of kale too, so check the underside of the leaves for any unwanted critters. 

Leek – Leeks are a great addition to soups or stews, but wilted leaves and off-white stalks are a sign they should be left behind. 

Celery – Breakage is key for celery; you want your celery to break cleanly and crisply. Steer clear of stringy stalks. 

Parsnips – Search the stacks for small- or medium-sized parsnips with no blemishes or bumps. 

Rutabaga – Rutabagas that are sprouting or have soft spots are not your best bet. Look for heavy and firm. 

Favorite Cold-Weather Fruits 

Kiwi – Kiwis give slightly when ripe, so softly push on the skin as you’re bagging produce. Any wrinkles or squishing is a bad sign. 

Citrus (oranges, tangerines, mandarins) – Brightly colored fruits are what you’re looking for with citrus. The ripest choices will feel firm and heavy. 

Grapefruit – Grapefruits have a distinct shape: look for the ones that are flat on the top and bottom, yet oval-shaped in the middle. Squeeze them to test plumpness — it’s a good sign. 

Pears – A winter staple, pears have a ton of fiber to keep you full. To check for ripeness, push against the stem end (also known as “the neck”) and look for a slight give. 

Meal planning your next fruit or veggie-filled dish? Shipt has everything you need for the best winter produce, brought right to your door in as soon as one hour! 

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