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What to eat in December, the healthiest foods of the season, how to choose fresh ones
Written by SOT.COM.AL 1 Dhjetor 2023
In December, it seems that even the food takes on festive colors. And you can't help but think about the stuffed and well-roasted turkey, the characteristic dish or the many salads served by Albanian housewives.
Now is the end of the season for pumpkins and chestnuts, so make the most of them if you see a pumpkin from the Peshkopia area or a chestnut from Tropoja.
Currently, you can find all these vegetables in farmers' markets, freshly picked in the morning.
As you should take care to select the best vegetables of the season, but more about what is worth eating fresh in December read the guide:
Half the year, from December to May, you can choose different ways to cook this "super food". Broccoli has few calories and is very rich in vitamins and minerals as well as a lot of fiber.
Why is broccoli good?
Broccoli contains vitamins K, C, folic acid, potassium and fiber. It is also rich in beta-carotene and sulforophane, a substance that is being studied by scientists for its anti-cancer properties.
According to experts, Vitamin K that broccoli contains is essential for the functioning of proteins that affect blood coagulation.
Vitamin C affects the creation of collagen, the substance that forms body tissues, bones and helps to heal cuts or wounds quickly.
Broccoli also contains fiber, which helps the digestive system and reduces the amount of cholesterol in the blood. Meanwhile, the folic acid that broccoli contains is necessary for the production of new cells in the body.
Choose broccoli, whose crown is closely connected to each other, so they are closed and have a deep green color.
Be careful not to choose broccoli whose flowers are yellow or light green in color. Meanwhile, broccoli that is overripe should not be selected either.
It will be too hard to bite into and will fall apart when you cook it.
Broccoli is a vegetable that spoils very quickly. For this reason, wrap it well and place it in the bottom drawer of the refrigerator. Use it as soon as possible if you want the broccoli you eat to be fresh and nutrient-rich.
Cauliflower is produced from December to May. In the last year, Albanian farmers have increased the production of cauliflower due to the increase in demand from the local and European markets.
In December you can consume fresh cauliflower, as its nutritional values ??are many. But do not overdo it, as consumption in very large quantities causes bloating.
Cauliflower is rich in vitamin C, K, B-6 and folic acid. It also contains calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and a number of other vitamins useful for the body.
Cauliflower contains antioxidants that prevent cell mutations and reduce stress caused by free radicals.
Cauliflower is rich in fiber and water. For this reason, it fights diseases related to the digestive system. It also helps prevent cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity.
Another component of cauliflower, choline, helps strengthen memory, muscles, and helps with sleep problems.
To always consume it fresh, we must make sure that the crown of the cauliflower we choose, like that of broccoli, is closed and its flowers must be positioned very close to each other.
The white variety should be very pale and should not have any spots or black spots on the surface.
Although cauliflower looks long-lived, it actually spoils very quickly. To store it as long as possible, wrap it and place it in the bottom drawer of the refrigerator.
Housewives consider nuts to be a staple in the kitchen, just like flour or butter. Despite the fact that we have walnuts and hazelnuts all year round, during their season they have a unique taste.
You can find fresh hazelnuts and walnuts in the market. How to tell them apart? Very simply. They are encased in their characteristic green bark that surrounds the rind.
Opened hazelnuts and walnuts can be stored at room temperature for several weeks.
Hazelnuts can be enjoyed as they are or you can use them in desserts or other dishes. They will give more taste and aroma to your food.