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Winter Fruit: How To Get Your Favorites Out Of Season

First Posted: 12/11/11 11:19 AM ET Updated: 12/12/11 10:16 AM ET

By Matthew Kadey, R.D.

You've been told a trillion times not to buy produce out of season. But that doesn't mean you have to skip the fruits you love this time of year. It's just a matter of knowing which version is the healthiest and tastiest.

"In the winter, frozen or dried options may have a leg up over fresh when it comes to flavor and nutrition," says Elizabeth Somer, R.D., author of Eat Your Way Sexy. In other cases, fresh is still the way to go. Here's your guide to making the best picks now.

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Frozen blueberries are typically the petite wild version, which have been found by scientists to contain more disease-thwarting antioxidants than their traditionally cultivated counterparts (the type you're most likely to find fresh right now). Also, fresh blueberries are pricey in winter and, if trucked in from afar, can go moldy fast.

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