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Your Ultimate Guide to Shopping For and Cooking With Spring Produce

Mar 22 2015 - 6:00am

Although hearty soups and stews never get old, we can't wait to be reacquainted with all the wonderful fruits and vegetables that are in season during the springtime. From strawberry shortcake, to mango-cucumber salsa, to a minted pea salad, we've rounded up our favorite recipes to make with all the produce popping up at your farmers market right now. Plus, we've included information on when you can expect to find each item at its peak!

The Spring Food: Artichokes

Artichokes [1] are at their peak from March until June, with petite baby artichokes [2] available for a slightly truncated season: March through May.

What to Make

Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Anna Monette Roberts / Nicole Perry / Camilla Salem

The Spring Food: Asparagus

Asparagus [9] is at its snappiest from March till May.

What to Make

Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Camilla Salem / Nicole Perry

The Spring Food: Fava Beans

Fava bean [17] harvest signifies the transition from Spring to Summer, as fava beans are typically available April through July.

What to Make

Source: Eat Drink Garden with Valerie Rice [25], My Darling Lemon Thyme [26], A Cozy Kitchen [27]

The Spring Food: Leeks

Leeks [28] are available year-round, but they peak in flavor during the Spring.

What to Make

Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Anna Monette Roberts, Top With Cinnamon [36], POPSUGAR Photography / Nicole Perry, My Name Is Yeh [37]

The Spring Food: Mangoes

While mangoes [38] don't typically grow in the US, their peak season runs from April through June in the equatorial climes where they're harvested.

What to Make

Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Lauren Hendrickson / Nicole Perry

The Spring Food: Peas

Peas [48] enjoy a short-lived season during late Spring and early Summer and are at their best in May.

What to Make

Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Lauren Hendrickson, Top With Cinnamon [56], POPSUGAR Photography / Anna Monette Roberts, Alexandra's Kitchen [57]

The Spring Food: Radishes

Although radishes [58] are available year-round, it's during Spring and Summer months when one can truly appreciate them for their crisp texture and spicy, juicy bite.

What to Make

Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Lauren Hendrickson, Alexandra's Kitchen [67], POPSUGAR Photography / Anna Monette Roberts / Nicole Perry

The Spring Food: Rhubarb

Actually a vegetable rather than a fruit, rhubarb [68] is at its peak from April to June, though it is often available slightly later into the Summer season.

What to Make

Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Nicole Perry, Cookie + Kate [76], Top With Cinnamon [77]

The Spring Food: Strawberries

Strawberries [78] are at their sweetest from April to July, though they are available at farmers markets as early as March and as late as October.

What to Make

Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Nicole Perry / Anna Monette Roberts, Cooking on the Weekends [88]


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