With the weather growing warmer with spring, there will be an abundance of produce that is in full swing! Whether you’re looking to show at your local farmer’s market for your product this May, or if you’re looking to start your own garden and want to know what grows best during spring, look no further!
Asparagus is a springtime favorite. They can be sautéed, broiled, pickled, or even thrown into a fresh salad! Have you ever tried making it as a side dish with lemon and mint? You can view different recipes that have asparagus as the main star on Serious Eats website!
Avocado is an amazing addition to Mexican meals and any fresh green recipes! In Mexico, avocados are in season all year-round which means most of the ones you find in the grocery stores are from there. There are many ways to use avocado, but I most often see it used on a simple piece of toast or on tacos. Don’t just stop there though! Expand your love with A Couple Cooks recipes.
Beets are usually looked past. Many people are thrown off from beets due to a sensitivity to geosmin which gives an earthy taste. They can be eaten cooked, roasted, or fresh. You can find beets added into a fresh salad while their roots can also be sautéed and thrown into pasta! If you’re looking to give beets a second try, Love and Lemons have a few different ways to throw them into a dish!
Leeks are a relative to the onion and garlic family. They have a mild, onion-like flavor and look similar to celery stalks. Most people find it pretty tough to cook the dark green parts since they are more difficult to clean the dirt out of the sheaths. They can be added to pasta, soup, and even pizza! Delish has 8 different unique ways to add leeks into your meals.
Mango can only be explained as tropical peaches. You can dice them into chunks just as you would an avocado! When buying mangos, look for ones that are heavy for their size. If you see wrinkles, don’t worry! Those are the ones that are ready to cut open immediately. Many people use mango for their desserts or drinks but it’s also a great addition to a quick parfait or salad!
Mushrooms, as many know, are fungi. They can be eaten raw or cooked. Stuffed mushrooms can be used as an appetizer at a get-together or you can throw them into a dinner dish to give it an earthy kick! Camille Styles shares 18 different ways to add mushrooms into your main course!
Rhubarb is commonly referred to as the oddball-out vegetable that is related to buckwheat. It is more sour than sweet and works well with strawberries! You can make a jam with it, throw some into a springtime cocktail, or even throw it into a salad! Tip: Don’t eat the leaves! They can be high in oxalic acid.
We can’t forget the berry family! Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries will come out in an abundance as the warmer climate approaches! Head to your local farmer’s market this weekend and pick up some fresh, in-season, produce while supporting locally!