Spring Time Vegetables & Fruits

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I always cook with the freshest ingredients possible. I buy local organically grown vegetables because of the nutrients and of course the rich earthy taste.  Living in California has it’s advantages with the wonderful weather we have and to be able to shop open markets all year long. I go every Saturday and Wednesday. I love the change of seasons, (yes we do have that) and the different vegetables that are available at that time. I always get excited when spring comes and sweet peas start to show up at the market along with sweet oranges and grapefruits. Avocados become available and I slice them up in everything, I enjoy them plain with fresh lemon juice squeezed all over and kosher salt. I love salads made with sectioned oranges or grapefruit, fresh herbs such as mint, dill, parsley, basil, avocado, sweet red onions, drizzled with fruity extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice and sea salt. Grilling fresh veggies is my favorite way to prepare them and adding them into pasta dishes along with fresh herbs is a great alternative to sauce. It’s spring time and  I thought it would be helpful to look at what is available in seasonal vegetables and fruits for the month of April and May. I’ve included a list for this time of year.

APRIL


Vegetables

  • Artichokes
    Asparagus
    Beets
    Broad beans (fava beans)
    Broccoli
    Brussel sprouts
    Cabbage
    Carrots
    Cauliflower
    Chard
    Chicory
    Dill
    Green onions
    Leeks
    Peas
    Parsley
    Rutabaga (end of season)
    Romaine lettuce
    Spinach
    Zucchini
  •  small red and gold potatoes

            Avocado *

Clementines

  • Lemons
    Oranges
    Refrigerated apples
  • Tangerines

MAY

  • Vegetables and Herbs:
    Asparagus (end of season)
    Beets
    Broccoli (end of season)
    Cabbage
    Carrots
    Celery
    Chard
    Chicory
    Dill
  • Endive
    Fennel leaves
    Fresh beans
    Immature cucumbers
    Immature eggplant
    Parsley
    Peas
    Peppers
    Radishes

 

  • Romain Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Zucchini
  • Apricots
    Avocado *
    Cherries
    Immature melons
    Loganberries
    Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries
    Summer oranges (Valencia)
  • Apricots
    Avocado *
    Cherries
    Immature melons
    Loganberries
    Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries
    Summer oranges

Photo’s by Diane Cu, Todd Porter & Cristina

 

 

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