The best part about the various seasons throughout the year, is the produce that is available for those specific months. The freshness and quality of the produce can’t be beat and by eating seasonally you can eat very healthy and for much less money too. Here are a few top produce picks for the Spring season . . . enjoy!
Asparagus – These delectable spears are typically harvested anywhere from March and continue through the month of June. Asparagus can be cooked and enjoyed in a variety of ways. One of my favorite ways to eat asparagus is to roast them in the oven with a bit of extra virgin olive oil and some sea salt and freshly ground pepper. The best part about these delicious spring vegetables is that they can be enjoyed anytime throughout the year, as you can freeze them! Simply blanch the spears for a few minutes in boiling water, place them in an ice bath until cool and freeze!
Peas – These versatile little pockets of green are that perfect addition to rice pilafs, salads and even make for a simple and healthy side dish to any entrée. Many different types of peas are abundantly available beginning in the Spring and continue to be freshly available up until Summer. As with asparagus, peas are able to be frozen and freshly enjoyed when you want to incorporate them into you meals.
Radishes – These crunchy and zesty veggies add that crunch to salads, but are great alone as a snack. I enjoy eating my radishes with a sprinkle of sea salt and knowing that they are rich in folate, I know that radishes are a healthy choice for a midday snack! Even my three old loves eating radishes (strange, but so true!). Perfect for picking in the Spring season, radishes can be freshly enjoyed up to the summer months. Believe it or not, radishes can be frozen. Even though radishes have a high water content, if you cut the radishes in small pieces, blanch them for a few minutes in boiling water and then soak them in an ice bath, fresh radishes are able to be enjoyed throughout the year.
Sweet Onions – Much less potent and pungent than your typical onion, sweet onions are able to be easily incorporated into salads and into other dishes without an over powering flavor. Fresh sweet onions are typically available starting in the Spring season. Sweet onions are able to frozen, however it should be noted that once defrosted they should primarily be used in cooking and not eaten raw, as the texture of the onion changes when they are frozen.
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