Spring Fruits and Veggies For the Healthier You
Spring is a time of rebirth, of renewal, of hope. It’s a symbol that no matter how long and dark and seemingly unending the winter days may feel, brighter days lie ahead. In spring my palate begins to crave plenty of fresh produce and walks through the farmers market. By eating local produce in season, we enjoy food that nurtures both us and our environment. Plus, this lets you try new recipes every few months. Here are some fruits and vegetables that are in season during the spring.
In the spring, rhubarb is in season, and this continues through summer. This is a tart vegetable that is often used to combine with strawberries for pies and various other desserts. With just a few tweaks in the recipes, you can still make many of these classic desserts with rhubarb, strawberries, honey, and many other natural ingredients. Spring is the perfect time to try something new.
While regular onions are typically available year-round in most places, spring onions, also called scallions, are available in the spring and are best to get during this season.Spring onions are wonderful to add to soups, salads, and many other dishes. You can combine them with asparagus, another vegetable in season during the spring, for a funand healthy side dish, or just top your salads with them.
Many leafy greens start growing in the spring, which is why many people actually plant them late in the winter after the final frost. Having leafy greens is essential when you are on a diet. Not only can they help you prepare salads, but the large leaves provide a way for you to wrap up your favorite meals in lieu of using bread or tortillas. Some good leafy greens in season during the spring are romaine, spinach, arugula, and mustard greens.
Strawberries are in season during the spring and will last through the summer season as well. Strawberries can be used in so many different ways. You can add them to just about any salad, from a strawberry spinach salad to a garden salad with a strawberry vinaigrette. Add them to a smoothie or enjoy as a healthy snack with some fresh mint leaves.
Some of my other favorite fruits and veggies in season during the spring are peaches, apricots, new potatoes, avocadoes, and asparagus. Try making different recipes with this combination of produce for the fresh and healthy taste in the spring.