April 22 2015 – Robert Fiumara
April shower might bring spring flowers but it also often brings the opening weekend of annual farmers markets across the country! You might be wondering what’s in season right now and what you can expect to see in season over the next few months. Let’s take a look!
Leafy Greens and Root Vegetables
You can expect to see lots of green, leafy vegetables in April and even some leftover root veggies from winter! Napa cabbage, turnip, carrots, and all different types of potatoes are ending their peak season so they will be popping up at your local market! Try making a delicious Asian stir-fry with Napa cabbage by tossing it in your wok with a quick sauce. Add some other vegetables like turnips or radishes, with some toasted nuts to make a main course that’s both filling and beautiful. Leafy greens contains loads of good things like Vitamins C, A, and K. They also are low in calories and fat and high in fiber and protein, making them an excellent choice for those who are on a low calorie diet!
Asparagus, Apricots, and Artichokes
Asparagus is just now coming into season and with a variety of options to choose from including green, white, and purple asparagus; you’re sure to find one that you love. Asparagus is versatile and delicious and can be cooked in a variety of ways including roasting or sautéing. They can also be added to salads if you shave them and are quite tasty mixed with other vegetables and even on pizza and in pasta dishes!
Apricots make an appearance on the stands around May and this little fruit is packed with Vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. Apricots are great eaten alone or when added to salsas, salads, or desserts! A versatile fruit, Apricots are sweet and savory and can be used to make scones, pies, and even a wild rice stuffing!
Artichokes will make their debut around the same time as Apricots: from May to June. Although this vegetable can take a little elbow grease to prepare, it’s well worth it! Artichokes are high in antioxidants and can help with digestion and even liver function! They can be steamed, roasted, or baked and you can even grill them or stuff them with yummy quinoa! If you want to take advantage of artichokes without the hassle to prepare them, try to find some baby artichokes! Baby artichokes are quicker to prepare and can add a tangy flavor to any dish.
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