Think winter is a bleak and barren wasteland of boring root vegetables? Think again, because there's so much more to winter produce than meets the eye. Winter is a great time to take advantage of dark, leafy greens at their peak — spinach, kale, and collard greens come to mind — and anything remotely related to cabbage, including broccoli, Brussels sprouts (everyone's favorite), bok choy, and yes, kale. Let's not forget about citrus, either — Meyer lemons, anyone?
But, a trip to the farmers' market will reveal the fact that even root vegetables can be exciting. Winter is a great time to seek out more obscure items at the farmers' market, including watermelon radishes, heirloom variety potatoes, and black salsify.
For some (perhaps much needed) inspiration, take a whirl through this collection of 15 recipes, including David Chang's Brussels sprouts with kimchi purée and bacon, reminiscent of the popular side dish that was once on the menu at his Noodle Bar; Andrew Carmellini's coconut-curry butternut squash soup, inspired by his adventures with Indian cuisine in New York; and Chad Sarno's crunchy kale salad, a perfect start to a healthy meal.