Welcome to the first in our four part guide to seasonally fresh fruits and vegetables so you can have fresh, delicious meals all year long!
When you shop for produce, if you know what's naturally in season, you’ll not only get better tasting products, but you’ll also save money, since fruits and veggies tend to be more affordable when they’re fresh and most plentiful. We'll kick things off with our Spring guide and then later next month we'll follow up for Summer.
As the weather warms up, we start craving vibrant and fresh fruits and veggies. Spring presents to us many fresh, healthy produce options such as artichokes, asparagus, spring peas, and Swiss chard, all of which can be used in refreshing salads and light pasta dishes.
- Pineapples. As a tropical fruit, pineapple can add plenty of fun flavor to your favorite dishes. Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, they can help to naturally boost your immune system and are also loaded with enzymes to help support your digestive system. Enjoy pineapple on its own, or use the fruit to add a twist to savory dishes such as Chicken Katsu with Sesame-Pineapple Slaw;
- Mangoes. Another great tropical fruit, mangoes are also great for digestive health and supporting your immune system. They add a sweet flavor to savory dishes, work well incorporated into salsas, or even on sandwiches and wraps. Try Jillian Michaels' Salmon Lettuce Tacos & Waldorf Salad;
- Lettuce. A great source of nutrients including fiber, iron, and vitamin C, lettuces make great for a transition to spring salads - or to add extra crunch and nutrition to sandwiches, wraps, and tacos, or for a low carb alternative to buns or wraps such as in these Thai Lettuce Wraps;
- Artichokes. With a mild, nutty flavor, artichokes work well in many spring dishes, and are especially high in folate and vitamins K and C. Enjoy them steamed as a side dish, or add them to pasta dishes, pizza, or sandwiches for a fiber boost. We suggest this Healthy Lemon Artichoke Chicken;
- Zucchini. A squash that can be prepared in so many different ways, zucchini is excellent for your digestive system and heart health. Zucchini can be roasted or grilled, or spiralized into “zoodles” for a low-carb alternative to pasta. For a light spring meal, we suggest Baked Halibut with Pesto, Zucchini, and Carrots;
Asparagus. The most tender in April, asparagus is a nutritious vegetable that is loaded with folic acid. Roast and top with a little lemon juice for a tasty side, or make an easy packet meal with this Salmon and Spring Vegetable Bake;
- Spring Peas. As their name suggests, spring peas are perfectly fresh and plump in the spring, and add a natural sweetness to your meals, pairing well with fresh herbs and spices such as in this Spring Carbonara Pasta with Spinach and Peas. Plus, we love spring peas for their immune-boosting antioxidants.
- Radishes. Add a delicious crunch to springtime meals and salads with heart-healthy radishes. Serve them raw, or add to risottos or tacos for a fun, flavorful topping. Try these Steak Tacos with a Radish Pineapple Salsa;
- Apricots. A great combination of tart and sweetness, apricots pair well with many types of meat, and are excellent for digestive and eye health. Try them in this Fruit-Pecan Pork Roast;
- Strawberries. Loaded with antioxidants, strawberries can be made into a salsa that pairs well with chicken or atop a spinach salad. For a fun way to enjoy strawberries, try this 5-Ingredient Strawberry Salsa;
- Okra. With a sweet flavor, and a texture that can be adjusted based on cooking preferences, okra works well in many different recipes. Try it in this Okra Succotash, which makes a great side dish for your next BBQ;
- Swiss chard. A tender, leafy green, Swiss chard sautés nicely and is rich in Vitamin K and nitrates, which can help to lower your blood pressure. This Simple Sautéed Swiss Chard pairs well with chicken or turkey