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When it comes to the best of spring produce here’s what to choose, how to pick the best of the best and a few seasonal recipes (to boot):
- Artichokes – Look for them to be tightly packed and a bright green hue. And then try this vegan cauliflower pizza!
- Asparagus – One of my favorites! Asparagus is more versatile than one might deduce. I love it roasted; But it’s also great steamed or even raw if you’re adventurous. Look for the thinner stalks, tightly packed and uniform in length.
- Beets – Choose beets with minimal marks and nicks.
- Baby carrots – Authentic baby carrots (not the chopped kind bagged and marketed as so) come into season in late Spring and early Summer.
- Cherries – typically the darker the cherry the sweeter the taste.
- Kiwis – Look for a light brownish skin, and a firm texture. Did you know kiwi skin is edible? If you’re not game for the skin you may still enjoy this kiwi strawberry smoothie.
- Leeks – A cousin of the scallion and onion leeks should be bright in color and crisp. Avoid the flimsy ones they typically aren’t as fresh.
- Mint – Good mint is easy to spot. It’s bright green without brown edges. Pick some up and kick back with a fresh mint julep cocktail.
- Parsley – A great detoxifier parsley is a good addition to fish, poultry and even green juice. Again look for a bright green hue.
- Radishes – Should be still attached to leaves and have a little weight to them. (I’ve never gotten into radishes but in the spirit of trying new things I think this may be the year.)
- Spinach and most leafy greens – Greens are such a good source of vitamins, iron and calcium and you feel virtuous eating them… choose local varieties that are rich in color.
- Strawberries – The best of the bunch comes into season in late spring and early summer. Give these mouth-watering vegan strawberry pancakes a shot; You won’t be sorry
- Sweet Onions – Choose firm orbs with minimal blemishes.
- Sugar-snap peas – These should be on the plump side, but a few scratches or blemishes are okay.
Stay tuned for more tasty recipes featuring spring produce!
Readers, what is your favorite spring-time vegetable or fruit?