Buying and cooking sturdy winter produce when it's in season -- like brussels sprouts, cabbage, grapefruit and more -- is good for the planet, saves you money and is guaranteed to taste better. See what to look for, plus get recipes to try.

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BRUSSELS SPROUTS

appetizer skewers

Choose vibrant green, tight-leafed buds (the smallest are the most tender) and prep by removing the outer leaves and trimming the stem.

CABBAGE

fresh cabbage

Pick tightly packed heads that are heavy for their size, and look for an unblemished head with a crack-free stem.

GRAPEFRUIT

grapefruit

The jolly giant of citrus should have firm, smooth and bright skin and be springy to the touch when you squeeze it.

LEEKS

leeks

These onion-family members look forbidding but are easy to handle; a little trimming and a thorough cleaning will get you to the good stuff.

TANGERINES

tangerines

This fruit is best from November through January. Avoid rock-hard fruit, because they won't ripen further once they've been picked.

MORE WINTER PRODUCE

You should also keep an eye out for these fruits and vegetables at the market:

Chicory

Collard greens

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