One of the most economical and greenest ways to get healthy foods into your diet is to eat seasonally. Buying fruits and vegetables in season means you're eating locally, so the food hasn't traveled miles on a truck to get to you, and because of that it's also fresher, abundant, and cheaper.
And I personally think spring (and summer) are the most enjoyable times to do this. After a long winter of starchier, heavier vegetables like butternut squash and potatoes, and leafy greens like kale, the more delicate flavors of spring vegetables taste amazing. Here's what's coming into season now in most of the country; this may vary, of course, depending on your location.
- Asparagus (my favorite!)
- Baby beets
- Fava beans
- Lettuce ("spring mix" is actually in season now and packed with nutrients!)
- Spring onions (these look like a cross between scallions and regular onions and are milder than storage onions)
- Peas (If you can find them fresh, buy them, otherwise stick with frozen)
- Swiss chard
• Navel oranges
My favorite recipe is pasta primavera; I also love a fresh spring mix salad and will eat asparagus and strawberries constantly (although local ones come into season in June where I am). But really, this is the beginning of the seasons when you can go to the farmer's market and be inspired by what's around, because there is so much bounty just waiitng to be discovered. It's fun and can encourage you to try things you never knew you liked.
What's your favorite spring produce? And what do you like to make with it?