Does anyone else feel like winter lasted 2000 years? Or is it just me. Thank goodness it’s almost April!! If you can’t already tell, I loathe winter. My body is craving sunshine, warmth, and most importantly – fresh, local produce. Buying in-season is one of the best things you can do for your health. Why? Because the produce is cheaper, tastes better, has a higher nutritional value, and is more environmentally friendly. What else more could you want? So the next time you visit the grocery store or your local farmer’s market, look for these in-season fruits and veggies!
Asparagus is considered to be “in-season” from March until around June. Look for asparagus spears that are smooth in texture, are bright in color, and have freshly cut ends. The possibilities for cooking asparagus are endless! But my favorite way is season them with a little bit of salt/pepper and throw them on the grill!
This green guy is chock-full of iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants. It’s typically used in green salads or sautéed with other herbs. However, you can also throw it on top of homemade pizza for a little extra bite of flavor and a little extra boost of nutrition!
Random fact of the day: leeks are actually a relative of the lily. They kinda look like oversized green onions. Their mild but sweet flavor is perfect for soup.
Beets are earthy in flavor and are a good source of B vitamins, iron, and potassium (more like potassi-YUM am I right?!). Not to mention they are one beautiful piece of produce! As for preparing beets, check out this recipe for Baked Rosemary Beet Chips from the Minimalist Baker. It only takes 30 minutes!
Written by GUADS staff member Angelina with contributions from cookieandkate.com and www.thespruce.com.