When the cold season begins, there are seasonal ingredients that taste exceptionally good and have plump flesh. The representative seasonal ingredients of this month are acorns, sardines, and cod. If it is an ingredient you don't eat often, it's a good idea to buy it during the season. Cod is a perfect fish to supplement with protein when dieting, acorns help bone health, and Acorns are good for intestinal health and constipation.

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Bacalhau from Portugal, fish, and chips from England, and fish jeon from Korea There is something in common. This is because cod is mainly used. Among the variety of fish, cod is chosen because its flesh is lighter and less fishy than other fish. In particular, it has a good chewy texture and a fragrant taste, so even those who do not like fish can enjoy it without any hesitation.

Cod is a representative white fish, and unlike oily meat, it is low in fat and calories, about 90 kcal per 100 g. It is enough to supplement protein in the diet. It also contains unsaturated fatty acids, minerals, and B vitamins.

In Korea, it is cooked with fish pancakes, cold-tasting cod-tang, and spicy cod-jjim. Especially, if you eat it in winter, you can enjoy the most delicious cod.

Acorn

Acorns, which have been consumed as jelly or jeon since ancient times, have been known as a health food rich in nutrients such as minerals. The main ingredient is starch, and as a special ingredient, it contains tannins, which give the astringent taste of acorns. Tannin is a type of polyphenol, a plant nutrient, and it is recommended that people with constipation avoid it, but the general public can expect antioxidant ability to eliminate harmful free radicals.

In particular, in the case of acorn jelly, it only contains 45 calories per 100g, so it is good for weight loss or obesity treatment diet. According to Dr. Min-Yoo Jeong's team at the Korea Food Research Institute, published in the Journal of Medicinal Food (2017), an international scientific journal, acorns significantly reduced the weight of liver and adipose tissue in obese mice in animal experiments following cell experiments. Dr. Jung Min-yu said, "Acorns were excellent in preventing obesity and were confirmed to help lower blood cholesterol. Through regular intake, anti-obesity and blood circulation improvement can be expected.”

Teaweed

The cultivar originates from the commercialization of the Hayward variety made in New Zealand over 100 years ago. New Zealand, Chile, and the United States are the main importing countries, and they are mainly imported from around May to November when the distribution of domestic lichens is finished. 'Chamdarae' refers to the four commercialized and cultivated species in Korea. These include hairy green kiwis, gold kiwis with little or no hair, red kiwis, Actinidia that are eaten with the skin, and silk kiwis.

Blueberry is considered one of the fruits with the highest nutrient density. According to the Rural Development Administration, the abundance of vitamin C in a black lichen is 2-3 times that of oranges and 17 times that of apples. In addition, it contains vitamins A, B group, E, and K, and is rich in folic acid, which is important for pregnant women. In particular, it is good to use when marinating meat when cooking because it contains a lot of actinidin, a proteolytic enzyme. It softens the meat and at the same time helps digestion when eating meat.

It has been reported that the skin contains more antioxidants, such as flavonoids, in the skin than in the flesh. Recently, there are a variety of varieties that can be eaten with the skin off because they are hairless and have thin skin.