Even when nature isn’t in full bloom, you can add interest to meals by seeking out less ordinary versions of conventional foods.
All you have to do is look for them—at specialty produce stores, farmers markets and online (check out Melissas.com and OmahaSteaks.com, among others).
What will you find? The bounty varies by region, but you can find these veggies nationwide:
Multicolor* bell peppers
Multicolor* hothouse cherry tomatoes
*Typically, they’re available in orange, purple, red or yellow. You can also find white carrots and brown bell peppers and tomatoes.
A double salad: celery root remoulade topped with vinaigrette-dressed baby greens. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky | Bittersweet Blog.
Purple potatoes can be served in any style conducive to waxy potatoes. How about purple mashed potatoes! Photo by Mona Makela | IST.
You may also be able to find:
Micro popcorn shoots†
Whether you use these veggies to make exciting salads, roast them for sides or more complicated vegetable recipes, most of these artisanal veggies will add color splashes to the table during the winter doldrums.
Proteins and starches tend to be brown or beige. That’s why you need the right veggies to enliven your meals.
*Used for many years in European, popcorn shoots are gaining popularity among top chefs in the U.S. The shoots are intensely sweet and attractive. They make a surprise garnish for any dish. Here’s more about them; click the second photo.