Winter Harvest of the Month

December - Winter Squash

Squashes are a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, also known as the gourd family, along with cucumbers, summer squash (pattypan, zucchini), and watermelon. Originally, squashes were cultivated for the consumption of their seeds only, as they had minimal, bitter-tasting flesh; over time, fleshier, fruitier varieties were developed.  

Reading Recommendations

  • The Little Squash Seed, by Gayla Scale
  • Pumpkin Pumpkin, by Jeanne Titherington
  • Too Many Pumpkins, by Linda White

January - Parsnips

Parsnips are a member of the carrot family, which comes as no surprise when you look at the resemblance in size and shape. Our northern climate in New Hampshire is great for producing parsnips! Here, they can grow to the size of large carrots and are enjoyed for their nutty, slightly sweet and spicy flavor.

February - Cabbage

Cabbage is a member of the Brassicaceae family,which also includes broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and kale.  Its ability to tolerate cold temperatures led to the spread of its cultivation across Europe. This vegetable ranges in color from yellow-green to red-purple, and also comes in wrinkly-leaved varieties.

Reading Recommendations

  • Cabbage and Kings by Elizabeth Seabrook
  • Katie’s Cabbage by Katie Stagliano
  • The Giant Cabbage by Cherie Stihler