If you love enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables, then you may be wondering what's in season in spring. Whether you shop at your local farmer's market or a grocery store, this guide will help you pick the freshest and most delicious spring produce.
Benefits of Eating Seasonally
Before we get into the spring produce guide, these are some reasons why it's important to to eat seasonally.
- Best flavor. Seasonal produce has more flavor because it's picked at it's peak ripeness. This allows fruits and vegetables to fully ripen on the vine or plant, which allows them to develop their full flavor profile. This is because it's grown closer to where it's sold, so it has a much shorter travel distance.
- More affordable. Typically when fruits and vegetables are in season, they are often available at a lower cost. They don't have to be imported from other regions or countries, and are often more abundant.
- Support local business. When you eat seasonally, you're supporting your local farmers and producers. This can help to create a more sustainable and resilient local food system, which benefits both the economy and the environment.
Tips When Selecting Spring Produce
Consider your location and buy local. When selecting season spring produce, choose ones that are in season in your area. This will ensure that they're fresh and full of flavor.
My favorite place to shop for fresh produce is at my local farmer's market. You can even chat with the farmers to learn more while you shop. A lot of grocery stores also have a section in the produce department where you can find local produce.
Look for freshness. Choose produce that is firm, brightly colored, and free of bruises or soft spots. It should also smell fresh and have a vibrant appearance.
Spring Produce Guide
These are the most popular spring fruits and vegetables. These can typically be found from late March to late June throughout the United States. Use this produce in your favorite spring recipes!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
The best place to find seasonal produce is at your local farmer's market or CSA farm share. Many grocery stores will also have a section in the produce department for local produce.
The best way to store spring produce will depend on the type of fruit or vegetable. Some store best at room temperature, while others are better refrigerated. For a comprehensive list on how to store each one, read more about the best way to store fruits and vegetables.
Popular Spring Recipes
- Honey Thyme Roasted Rainbow Carrots
- Cucumber Strawberry Salad with Arugula
- Easy Strawberry Shortcake
- Air Fryer Parmesan Asparagus
- Baby Bella Mushroom Risotto
- Spring Pea and Asparagus Salad with Ricotta
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