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Spring Eats: Seasonal Produce & Recipes

Product Specialist | Shield HealthCare
04/12/19  4:41 PM PST
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Eating seasonally not only provides consumers with the healthiest and freshest produce, it supports local farmers and benefits the environment. Buying locally grown produce cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions by reducing distribution efforts. Additionally, this also reduces cost for the consumer.

Note that produce availability is different depending on what region you are in. Use this guide for seasonal produce shopping in your area. Discover new foods at your local farmers’ market and try new recipes each season!

Common Spring Produce

  • Apricots
  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Herbs
  • Mushrooms
  • Peas
  • Pineapples
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Turnips

Artichokes

In California, artichokes are ready for harvest in spring. The Spruce Eats offers tips for choosing and preparing artichokes: Choose artichokes with leaves that are closed tight, firm and feel heavy for its size. When preparing, de-thorn the artichoke and remove the heart, then cook and enjoy!

How to Steam Artichokes by The Spruce Eats.

Pineapple

How do you know when a pineapple is ripe? When ready, the base of the fruit will take on a yellow color and smell sweet. You can also check by gently pulling one of its green leaves. The leaf will detach easily from a ripe pineapple. Try your pineapple in a savory dish with Chicken.

Pineapple Chicken by The Healthy Foodie

Plant-based Fajitas

Try this healthy and refreshing twist on classic fajitas using seasonal arugula and mushrooms.

Mushroom Fajitas with Arugula-Pecan Salsa & Queso Fresco by Eating Well.

Spring Salad

Lighten up your meals with a refreshing crisp salad, packed with flavor, and loaded with seasonal vegetables.

Bright Spring Green Salad by Love and Lemons

Related Article:

Eat Seasonal: Winter Produce Guide

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