It’s finally spring. The winter weather is beginning to fade away, and here at Luvo HQ we are excitedly watching the crocuses pop up and the cherry blossoms dot our streets. What we’re even more excited about is the fresh crop of seasonal spring produce. Keep reading to find out what’s in season for April.
Cooking with local, seasonal produce helps to ensure you’re enjoying your fruit and veggies at the peak of their nutrition. Another way to ensure you’re eating your produce at the peak is to purchase flash-frozen fruit, veggies, and meals. Here’s why. What’s in season in your area will depend on what climate you live in. Be sure to check your nearby farmer’s market to see what crops are coming up in your area.
Here’s what may be in season near you
Apples are in season nearly year round (save for summer), but scope out your nearby farms or markets for the freshest options.
Did you know that the tip an asparagus spear is actually a flower? If you need some inspiration for how to prepare this spring favorite, here are 5 ways to put that fresh asparagus to use.
Beets are a great way to add color to your spring recipes. For days when the wintery weather won’t yet subside, this comforting and traditional borscht soup is wholesome and soothing.
With kale still enjoying its day in the sun, other nutritious greens like cabbage are feeling a little left out. Cabbage is low in calories and high in dietary fiber, plus it’s a source of vitamins C and A, calcium, and iron. With cabbage coming into season in April, why not consider making a batch of homemade kimchi?
Perfectly paired with hummus and other dips, carrots are coming into season and make a fast, easy snack. But there are infinite ways to roast, bake, boil, freeze, and enjoy carrots. Even in cake form (we won’t judge).
Hardy mushrooms grow all year round, but the most plentiful spring funghi are morels. Store your morels in a brown paper bag within your fridge for maximum freshness.
Citrus fruits are still in season, but you may have a hard time finding these locally if you aren’t living close to the equator! Your local grocer will still have fresh oranges brought from California and Florida in April.
Did you know that peas are one of the first crops to be cultivated by humans? We’ve been giving peas a chance for a really long time! Try adding your favorite variety of spring peas to salads and stir-fries, or mix up a pea pesto sauce.
Spring is just the beginning of potato season, meaning you’ll be able to find fresh new potatoes grown fresh in your area.
Ramps (or Leeks)
Cousins to both onions and garlic, these green stalks have a milder flavor that lends itself well to soups and quinoa salads. Tip: use the pale green interior, but chop off the tough dark green parts.
It wouldn’t be spring at the farmer’s market without these bright pink stalks. This tart favorite is perfect in muffins, pies or even your favorite smoothie.
Spring greens are here! Your local farmer’s market will have a variety of different shoots, sprouts, and greens popping up as the spring weather rolls in.
There is life beyond sweet potato fries. Sweet potatoes can pair perfectly with rice bowls, or try this vegan, fully-loaded baked option.
What’s your favorite fresh fruit or vegetable available in April? Let us know in the comments section!
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