We all know the importance of eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. They contain numerous minerals and nutrients to help our bodies work effectively. Current dietary guidelines recommend at least five servings every day.
To maximize our produce dollars, we’ve learned to eat seasonally. Buying in-season fruits and vegetables helps us buy more for less. When we buy more produce, we’re helping ensure we eat healthy.
Now that spring has melted the winter’s snow, local produce is popping up in abundance at stores. There are plenty of options for delicious, seasonal produce.
What’s in Season This Spring?
When shopping for produce this spring, we typically find great prices on the following options. They’re in season now and ready for us to enjoy.
These little vegetables may look funny, but they pack a powerful nutritional punch. We like turning the hearts into a hearty dip. Artichokes are also great when they’re steamed.
We enjoy eating asparagus in many forms. We’ve tried:
- Creamy asparagus soup
- Sautéed asparagus
- Roasted asparagus
- Stir fry with asparagus
We think it’s neat that we can buy living butter lettuce at the store! We’ve had good results replanting the root ball that comes with these, and maintaining our own crop of delicious lettuce.
Use this lettuce variety in salads for a slightly sweet green.
This melon often gets a bad rap, but we enjoy the flavor of the ripe honeydew. We use honeydew to add variety to:
- A fruit plate
- Fruit salad
Mangoes offer a refreshing bit of flavor. This fruit has a long pit in the middle, so be sure to cut it out. A word of warning: it’s slippery, so be extra cautious with the knife!
Spring is the start of the pineapple’s peak growing season, and they are so delicious now. We enjoy fresh pineapple:
- Diced for a snack
- In pineapple upside down cake
- As an ingredient in sweet and sour recipes
- In fruit salad
Smaller than many other varieties of peas, snow peas are often available in spring. We enjoy using these peas in salads, fried rice, and steamed with butter for a quick side dish.
Rhubarb is an easy to grow plant that keeps coming back each year. Though it’s bitter by itself, we think it’s delicious when prepared as:
- A pie
- A sauce
- Anything mixed with strawberries
Before summer’s heat arrives, we urge you to find some watercress at your local farmer’s market. The best variety is grown when it’s still a bit cool outside. The taste is a bit peppery, and watercress works perfectly in soup, salads, and omelets.
What’s Your Favorite Spring Produce?
Buying seasonal produce will help us all save money on groceries! We’ve shared some of our favorite spring fruits and vegetables with you, now it’s your turn. Head over to the iRazoo Facebook page and share your favorites.