We immediately think of spring and summer as colorful, bright times of year while winter can seem a little grey and lifeless. Just like the warmer months however, winter has its very own seasonal fruit offerings for us to enjoy and savor.

Don’t forget to fill up your fruit bowl with persimmons, plums and citrus fruit to keep you eating seasonally and healthily. Here are five recipes to get you started.

1. Persimmon Bread. If you’ve not used them before, persimmon’s unusual texture can make them seem somewhat of a challenge. This bread recipe is a fuss-free way to enjoy their sweet jammy flavor. The warming winter spices are an added bonus!

2. Braised Chicken in Red Currant Sauce. Sweet, and yet at the same time, tart, red currants work well in both desserts and main courses. We love this slow-cooked braised chicken for a cosy winter dinner. Some steamed greens on the side would complete the dish!

3. Mango Pomegranate Guacamole. Native to the Middle East, the pomegranate is a great source of vitamin C, useful for keeping winter colds at bay. Add some of the ruby red seeds to guacamole, along with some chopped mango for a colorful side you won’t be able to get enough of!

4. Blood Orange Chia Seed Pudding. The blood orange is the deep, dark and moody member of the orange family. Its deep red pigment provides a great color to this almond milk dessert while its flavor keeps things tasting fresh!

5. Curried Butternut Squash and Pear Soup. Pears are all too often seen as a boring fruit, good only for desserts or languishing at the bottom of the fruit bowl. We say give them a chance! Their delicate sweet flavor lends itself well to savory dishes such as this curried soup.

Which fruits do you look forward to in the winter? Let us know in the comments!