Isn’t it great that some of our most colorful fruits and vegetables come into season during the dreariest days of winter? Now is the time for citrus—oranges, lemons, limes. My mother and I planted a lime tree several years ago and it has finally decided to produce limes. Mom has so many she can’t give them away. Our orange trees are adorned and heavy with ripe fruit.
And cabbages! Festive purple and green cabbages, my favorite winter vegetable because they’re inexpensive, last for weeks (if not months) in the fridge, and they’re so versatile—in a soup , blanched , braised , with pork , stuffed , or in salads like this one.