Eating with the seasons is such a fundamental and interesting topic. The Earth produces just what we need, when we need it most, in the forms of different fruits and veggies that come and go with the seasons. For example, watermelon harvest is in the summertime when we need extra hydration from the summer heat. It quenches thirst and satisfies us in a special way — is there anything better than a fresh slice of watermelon on a hot summer day?
In the same respect, eating in season can be just as comforting, refreshing and natural in every season. Not only is the flavor incredible when indulging in seasonal fruits and veggies, but the cost is also lower when a food is in season.
Here are a few of my favorite fruits & veggies in season…
Apricots – The allure of apricots lies in the fact that they are free of cholesterol, saturated fats, and sodium – and are an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, fiber, and potassium. Originally from China, apricots skin color varies from cream to bright orange. The trick is to go for apricots that are uniformly colored, firm and plump.
Broccoli – Broccoli, a staple in my kitchen, is the hot veggie in season this spring. For the best outcome, select fresh broccoli heads with tight, bluish-green florets. It’s an excellent source of folate, vitamins, and dietary fiber.
Mangoes – Mangoes are quite popular year-round, but more so in the Northern Hemisphere this spring. Select firm mangos with a savory aroma, and try to avoid mangos with sap on skin. Cut these up atop your salads, toss them in your smoothies, or enjoy them raw.
Snow Peas – Popularly known as a Chinese pea pod, snow pea is another great green veggie available this spring. Good snow peas are flat and shiny with tiny peas inside and are high in manganese and iron.
Spinach – This season, pick crisp, fresh, green bunches that show no evidence of pest infestation. Rich in folate, manganese, magnesium, vitamins, and dietary fiber. Sauté some spinach as a compliment to your eggs in the morning or use it raw in a fresh salad.
Strawberries – Strawberries are a spring fruit staple – packed with vitamin C and folate. Free from fat and sodium, good strawberries are firm and bright red in color.
If you aren’t familiar with what fruits and veggies are in season throughout the year, try a quick Google search and make a list of your favorites and when they’re in peak season. Be sure to revolve your recipes around these in-season produce, and you will reap the benefits of eating fresh fruits and veggies in-season.
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