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What to Eat in January in the Netherlands

January's Seasonal Dutch Ingredients

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What to Eat in January in the Netherlands

Beet & Pear Smoothie

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A time to tuck into hearty soups, stews and root vegetable purees, January is traditionally all about comfort foods in the Netherlands.

The focus of this overview is on Dutch-grown fruits and vegetables, venison and locally caught sustainable seafood varieties. We've also provided a list of recipes featuring seasonal ingredients for each section.

Dutch-Grown Vegetables

  • Beet (biet)
  • Belgian endive (witlof)
  • Black radish (rammenas)
  • Black salsify (schorseneren)
  • Brussels sprouts (spruiten)
  • Carrots (bospeen, waspeen, winterpeen)
  • Cauliflower (bloemkool)
  • Celeriac (also known as knolselderij or turnip-rooted celery)
  • Celery cabbage (also known as Chinese kool, Napa cabbage or Chinese cabbage)
  • Curly Kale (boerenkool)
  • Daikon (rettich)
  • Jerusalem artichoke (also known as aardpeer, sunroot, sunchoke, earth apple or topinambur)
  • Lamb's lettuce (also known as veldsla, corn salad or mâche)
  • Leek (prei)
  • Mushrooms (champignons)
  • Onion (ui)
  • Parsnip (pastinaak)
  • Pointed cabbage (spitskool)
  • Potato (aardappel)
  • Pumpkin (pompoen)
  • Purslane (winter) (postelein)
  • Red cabbage (rode kool)
  • Radish (radijs)
  • Rutabaga (also known as koolraap, swede or turnip)
  • Savoy cabbage (savooiekool)
  • White cabbage (witte kool)

    Recipes featuring January's seasonal vegetables:

  • Roast Beet Salad with Chèvre Recipe
  • Witlof, Goat's Cheese & Bacon Bites
  • Celeriac & Potato Stamppot Recipe
  • Sauteed Curly Kale Recipe
  • Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Chanterelles
  • White Winter Vegetable Mash
  • Cinnamon Glazed Carrots Recipe
  • Pumpkin, Butternut, Carrot & Saffron Soup Recipe
  • Tart with Belgian Endive & Chevre
  • Roasted Root Vegetables Recipe
  • Puff Pastry Tarts with Leeks & Mushrooms
  • Potato & Celeriac Soup with Gouda Cheese Recipe
  • Cauliflower Mash Recipe
  • Roasted Hutspot Recipe
  • Pickled Beet Salad with Ash-Coated Goat's Cheese Recipe
  • Creamy Belgian Endive Soup with White Beer
  • Foamy Cream of Parsnip Soup with Prawns & Herb Oil
  • Steamed Cauliflower with Pastrami, Goat's Cheese & Arugula
  • Old Amsterdam Parsnip Bake
  • Pink Beet & Orange Soup Recipe
  • Crispy Cauliflower Salad Recipe
  • Pan-Fried Pointed Cabbage with Leeks & Bacon
  • Chicken with Purslane & Crispy Bread Salsa
  • Crunchy Coleslaw Recipe

    Locally-Harvested Fruits

  • Apples (appel)
  • Pears; regular pears (handperen)and stewing pears (stoofperen)

    Recipes with January's best fruits:

  • 20 Dutch Apple Recipes
  • Beet & Pear Smoothie Recipe
  • Pear & Ginger Crumble Recipe
  • Apple Pie Muffins Recipe
  • Red Cabbage & Apples Recipe
  • Poached Pears in Red Wine Recipe
  • Kohlrabi, Celeriac, Carrot, Crunchy Apple & Currant Slaw Recipe
  • Tarte Tatin with Stoofpeertjes Recipe
  • Traditional Dutch Apple Pie Recipe
  • Dutch Apple Sauce Recipe
  • Port Poached Pears Recipe
  • Apple Beignet Recipe
  • Pickled Herring Salad with Sour Apples & Potatoes
  • Apple Syrup Recipe
  • Apple & Bacon Pancakes Recipe
  • Advocaat & Pear Muffins Recipe
  • Apple & Pear Chutney with Speculaas Spices Recipe

    Seasonal Venison from the Netherlands

  • Red deer (edelhert)
  • Roe deer (female); (reegeit)
  • Wild duck (wilde eend)
  • Wild pheasant (male); (fazant haan)
  • Wild pigeon (wilde duif)
  • Wild rabbit (wilde konijn)

    Recipes featuring January's in-season venison:

  • Roast Pigeon with Grapes & Celeriac Puree
  • Jenever Poached Deer Steaks
  • Roast Pigeon with Limburgian Apple Syrup Gravy

    Sustainable seafood from the Dutch coast and rivers

  • Common Periwinkle (alikreuken)
  • Brown shrimp (Hollandse garnalen)
  • Cockles (kokkels)
  • Common Bream (brasem)
  • European smelt (spiering)
  • Flounder (bot)
  • Mussels (mosselen)
  • Oysters (Creuse oyster; European flat oyster or platte oesters)
  • Squid (pijlinktvis)
  • Zander (pike-perch or snoekbaars)

    Recipes with January's seasonal seafood:

  • Scrambled Eggs with Shrimp Recipe
  • Mussel Pot with Trappist Beer Recipe
  • Mussel & Dill Tompoes Recipe
  • Mussels with White Wine & Samphire
  • Dutch Shrimp Croquettes
  • Shrimp & Cucumber Sandwiches
  • Mussel Soup with Sherry & Saffron Recipe
  • Mussels with Saffron & Ginger Recipe

    Source: Het Nederlands Viskookboek; Milieucentraal Groente- en Fruitkalender; Wildplaza.com

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