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List of Few Flavorful Winter Vegetables

A Healthy diet is what we all stay worried about. As we all know health is wealth we should always have a healthy greeny diet with the presence of all kinds of green vegetable.

While most people consider gardening in spring or summer, a winter garden can give a variety of fresh vegetables for stews and pies. So, don’t think your garden will be vacant ‘coz it’s winter. There are many plants that can be grown and nurtured in winter. You just need to be careful about sowing and growing them. Check for the specific harvest dates for your region before sowing them.

Plant your winter crops early so that they reach their maturity before the chilling frost. We’ve enlisted 21 of the most flavorful winter vegetables. These are extremely palatable besides being healthy. Ponder on.

Most Flavorful Winter Vegetables

Beetroot

Binomial Name: Beta vulgaris var. crassa.

Category: Root crop

Maturity: Around 90 days

Beetroot requires warm areas for growth. They prefer well-drained, open soil with a high content of lime.

Broad Beans

Binomial Name: Vicia faba

Category: Leaf crop

Maturity: Around 90 days

Broad beans or fava beans are one of the most ancient beans grown. This food crop besides being pretty delicious, is very hardy, and hence, can withstand cold climate. Autumn-sown beans will get produced by early winters. Unlike other legumes, broad beans can grow in soils with high saline content.

Broccoli

Binomial Name: Brassica oleracea (Italica Group)

Category: Leaf crop

Maturity: 65 – 70 days

Broccoli can be grown year round in a temperate climate. But it tastes sweetest in cooler temperatures. This leafy green plant grows best in fertile soil. You’ll need to buy baskets of broccoli seedlings, and these should be fed with ample water. Don’t let the soil dry away. Seeds can be sown in early winter for spring harvest. If the head gets dark green in color, it’s time to harvest it. Broccoli, an extremely healthy vegetable, can be used from soups to salads.

Brussels Sprouts

Binomial Name: Brassica oleracea (Gemmifera group)

Category: Leaf crop

Maturity: Around 90 days

This is a traditional winter stock veggie. Plant from May to early June, and harvest from September to March. It is suitable to any garden soil in full sun. Sprouts are sweetest after frost.

Cabbage

Binomial Name: Brassica oleracea var. capitata

Category: Leaf crop

Maturity: Around 60 days

Cabbage is a heavy feeder, so it requires ample amount of lime, and hence the pH value of soil should be greater than 6. Sow cabbage with seeds in late spring, for a winter harvest. You can also sow right through the winter (withstands cold climate) for a spring harvest. Mulching the cabbage plant can protect it from heaviest of frost. They also need to be protected from caterpillars. When the head of cabbage feels firm, it’s time to harvest it. Savoy Cabbage, the hardiest of all, is a perfect winter crop.

Carrots

Binomial Name: Daucus carota subsp. sativus

Category: Root crop

Maturity: Around 90 days

Another tasty winter vegetable! Owing to so many varieties, these can be grown in beds, containers, or even window boxes. Carrots require light, fertile soil. Plant it in mid-July for a harvest in fall. Late harvesting will give you sweeter results.

Cauliflower

Binomial Name: One of the Brassica oleracea species (Botrytis cultivar group)

Category: Leaf crop

Maturity: Around 90 days

Believe it or not, cauliflower is a cold weather crop, though it grows year round. This plant can be sowed in mid-July for a fall harvest, and in September for harvest in spring.

Celeriac

Binomial Name: Apium graveolens var. rapaceum

Category: Leaf crop

Maturity: up to 120 days

This ugly-looking vegetable may not seem flavorful to you, but we tell you that looks are deceitful. Celeriac grows its best in cooler months of fall and winter. Sow seeds indoors. It requires well-drained soil with mild light conditions. It is ideal to plant this crop during July. Since this plant is shallow rotted, you need to water it regularly.

Endive/Chicory

Binomial Name: Cichorium intybus, Cichorium endivia

Category: Leaf crop

Maturity: up to 120 days

Chicory is a late fall crop. Endive is a bitter version of chicory, and grows well in fall and winter. But this crop is forcefully grown creating artificial scenarios, making them available year round.

Fennel

Binomial Name: Foeniculum vulgare

Category: Leaf crop

Maturity: 60 – 90 days

The natural season of fennel is from fall to early months of spring. Like all cold weather crops, this crop tastes sweeter in cooler months, and tastes bitter in warmer conditions.

Kale

Binomial Name: Brassica oleracea Acephala Group

Category: Leaf crop

Maturity: 30 – 40 days

 

Kale is another winter crop loved by all. It is a wilder version of cabbage. This leafy vegetable has green and purple leaves. It tastes sweet in winter, and sweeter when exposed to frost. It is widely used in soups and is preferred as chips. Some traditional dishes include boerenkool and colcannon, which is a popular Halloween delicacy.