Spring has sprung!!
Yep, March 20th was officially the first day of Spring which means we have a whole new crop of produce coming into season.
When I think of Spring produce I immediately think of asparagus and strawberries. Every year for Easter I swear the highlight of the meal for me is that perfect, skinny, flavorful asparagus that you just don’t see any other time of year. Oh and strawberries…mmmmm. There really is nothing better than a fresh juicy strawberry on a cheesecake or with some whip cream.
Okay, now I’m just drooling thinking about food.
So besides asparagus and strawberries let’s go over all the other produce that is in season for Spring.
What’s In Season: Spring
- fava beans
- brussels sprouts
Benefits Of Eating Seasonally
I know we’ve discussed it on the blog before but there are some serious benefits to eating seasonally, the two most important (for me) being that the food tastes better and is WAY cheaper!
- Taste- Produce that has been allowed to fully ripen naturally not only tastes better but actually contains more nutrients. The reason for this is because when you eat in season you are usually consuming your food closer to the time it was harvested off the vine/tree. Studies have shown anti-oxidants like Vitamin C, folate and carotenes rapidly decline in foods when they are stored for long periods of time…like being transported all way across the world so we can eat strawberries in the middle of winter.
- Cost- This is pretty straightforward but when there is an abundance of produce available the prices go down. Remember supply and demand from high school economics class? But seriously, it amazes me just how cheap seasonal fruits and veggies are. Next time you’re at the store and you see blue berries for $8/ container skip them and get adventurous and maybe try those $.50 plums instead.
What’s your favorite spring fruit or veggie?
What’s your favorite way to eat asparagus?
Do you eat seasonally?