We all know the old saying, April showers bring May flowers. What else is blooming in May? We love the sunny weather and visiting our local farmer’s markets as the fresh spring produce becomes available. Keep reading to find out what’s in season for May.

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:

Fresh ingredients that peak in May on marble background including radishes, carrots, and grape tomatoes
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Asparagus

These flowering veggies are a spring-loving crop, and nothing beats the taste and texture of fresh spring asparagus. Not sure how to cook asparagus? These 5 recipes will get you started.

Broccoli

This crunchy cruciferous vegetable is a relative of cabbage, kale, cauliflower and Brussel sprouts. Full of nutrients, broccoli contains more protein than many other vegetables. There are almost unlimited ways to prepare broccoli. If you want to be stealthy, puree it into a soup.

Carrots

Perfectly paired with hummus and other dips, carrots are coming into season and make a fast, easy snack. There are infinite ways to roast, bake, boil, freeze, and enjoy carrots—even in cake form (we won’t judge).

Cucumber 

If you live in a warmer climate or have greenhouse farmers in your area, cucumbers will be starting to appear at your local market. These hydrating vegetables are great on their own, but in case you need some recipe inspiration, take a look at our 35 cool cucumber recipes.

Kale

These on-trend greens are back in season. Kale has come into the spotlight in recent years for its high nutrient density, and more iron per calorie than beef. If you’re looking for an easy way to get your dose of kale, try our So Cal Kale & Bean Bowl.

Lettuce

Spring greens are starting to sprout with the spring sun. If you’re looking to get more fresh greens in your diet, we love lining a bowl with spring lettuce and then topping it with your favorite Luvo frozen meal.

Mushrooms

As the weather warms up, more of these fun guys (see what we did there?) will be popping up. May brings oyster mushrooms and shiitake mushrooms into season. Mushrooms are a great meat substitute if you’re looking to cut back on your animal protein consumption.

Potatoes

Spring weather means it’s running season, so it’s time to carb-up for a healthy run. Whether you’re training for a marathon or just taking a short jog, starchy vegetables like potatoes are a great source of healthy carbohydrates.

Radishes

These little red and white morsels are often found in raw spring veggie platters, but many people don’t know they’re also great cooked! We love pan-fried radishes as a salad topper or try this keto-friendly, low-carb radish chip recipe.

Spinach

Spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense vegetables you can find. It’s time to start thinking about fresh spinach salads, or throwing a handful of chopped spinach into your favorite pasta for a nutritious boost.

Swiss Chard

Did you know that these leafy greens are close relatives of beets? Blanched chard leaves make for a wrap, or make a colorful addition to your favorite stir-fry.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes really come into their own come summer, but warmer climates will begin to see the first crops of tomatoes popping up at farmer’s markets in May. Now is a great time to make a large batch of homemade tomato sauce. Don’t forget to freeze the rest into portioned containers so you can easily whip up pasta on busy evenings.

Turnips

Don’t turn up your nose, these aren’t your grandma’s turnips. There are many ways to enjoy turnips, from roasting them with other root veggies to grating them raw over your favorite spring salad.

A buffet of fruits and vegetables that are at their peak in May, including tomatoes, carrots, kale, and sprouts

What are your favorite fresh fruits and vegetables available in May? Let us know in the comments section!

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