April showers bring May flowers and a fresh crop of produce to the grocery store. Just when you might be getting tired of apples and winter squash the spring finds start to crop up. You’re probably seeing more fresh berries, apricots, summer squash, and spring peas in the market. There are so many colorful and healthy fruits and veggies to choose from at the market. Check out some of my favorite market finds for spring time!
Love this veggie! The red-hued stalks of this vegetable are popping up in all sorts of recipes this time of year from the classic strawberry rhubarb pie to a marinade for chicken. One cup of rhubarb is a great source of potassium, calcium, and vitamin C. Be daring this spring and try using rhubarb in a new way – a marinade or chopped on a salad perhaps. Just be sure to steer clear of the leaves, they’re poisonous!
You know it’s springtime when stone fruit starts to make their appearance at the supermarkets and at the farmers’ stands. Leading the pack are apricots! These small golden orbs are a deliciously sweet treat and make the perfect afternoon snack. One small apricot has less than 20 calories and is a good source of vitamin A and vitamin C. They’re a great way to satisfy any sweet craving on their own enjoy apricot halves with some dry roasted nuts for a healthy snack.
Vegetable or legume? Call ’em what you want, there’s no denying that peas are nutrient rich and super healthy for you. In the springtime you can find peas in the shell at the farmers market and grocery stores. They are definitely worth a bit of extra prep work! Peas are a good source of plant-based protein and folic acid, vitamin A and vitamin C. Toss fresh peas on a salad or enjoy this seasonal find mixed into spring soups or pilafs for a healthy protein boost to your meal.
French breakfast, watermelon, fire and ice, cherry belle … The names of radish varieties make them that more intriguing and delicious! One hidden gem of spring produce I truly love are the radishes (for more than their name along of course). Tender, crispy, with a slight bite – this veggie brightens up any salad or pilaf. They add a nice pop of color to any dish and are a healthy low calorie snack choice with hummus or dip.
What’s your favorite spring produce?