Buying seasonal produce is one of the best and most natural ways to shop. Fresh fruits and vegetables are always more affordable when they are in season, currently being harvested and sold by local farmers. Whether you shop at the local grocery store or visit the farmer’s market for your produce, it’s always smart to know which fresh fruits and vegetables are in season. Once you’ve brought your fresh spring produce home, check out some of Western National‘s favorite springtime recipes.
1. Spring Fruit Salad
Spring fruits include strawberries, bananas, mangos, pineapple, lychee, lemons, limes, apricots, and honeydew. No matter how you slice it, it sounds like a pretty good fruit salad. Choose your favorites, then toss with a half-cup of sugar and two tablespoons of lemon juice for that fruit salad zest. The lemon also helps keep cut fruit fresh if you need to pop leftovers in the refrigerator.
2. Traditional Stir Fry
You can make an excellent stir fry with the in-season vegetables you pick up this season. Spring veggies that are perfect for a traditional or more home-grown stir fry in your wok include scallions, bok choy, leeks, peas, artichoke, spinach, and watercress. Carrots, potatoes, radishes, and garlic are also in season. Toss together with oil, soy sauce, and protein of your choice. Spice to taste for an incredibly healthy and delicious spring stir fry.
3. Roasted Spiced Vegetables
Carrots, potatoes, peas, and asparagus are all in season in the spring. While that might not seem special, consider the roasting potential. With a wrapped meat roast or just popped in your toaster oven for a quick snack, spring veggies make a great roasted side. Lightly oil and season your vegetables and bake them for 10 to 15 minutes, flipping halfway through. You can also simmer them in stew sauce at the bottom of a roast pan for a delicious slow-cooked dinner.
4. Quick Sugar Tart
It’s also easy to make a quick and fancy dessert with fresh spring fruits. Start with a premade tart crust. You can buy them in several sizes at the grocery store. Sprinkle lightly with sugar and add a layer of fruit. Next, add a light layer of sugared custard and another layer of fruit until each crust is full. You can lightly bake the tarts or chill them depending on your preference.