POPSUGAR Celebrity

A Seasonal Eater's Guide to Spring Produce

Mar 8 2016 - 7:00am

We love a zingy citrus and brussels sprouts salad [1] as much as the next person, but as Wintery weather [2] drags on, all those leafy greens and root vegetables can get a little dull — so we welcome verdant Spring [3] produce with open farmers market [4] totes. With that in mind, we've compiled a handy guide to what fruits and vegetables we can all look forward to devouring this coming season, from peppery radishes [5] to exotic cherimoyas, and loads in between.


Artichokes [6] are at their peak from March until June, with petite baby artichokes [7] available for a slightly truncated season: March through May.


Asparagus [8] is at its snappiest from March till May.


Cardoons [9], an Italian staple, are available in Winter, Spring, and early Summer.


The exotic cherimoya [10] can be found from January to May in a good year.


Chervil [11] is at its peak in Spring.

Fava Beans

Fava bean [12] harvest signifies the transition from Spring to Summer, as fava beans are typically available April through July.

Fiddlehead Ferns

Fiddlehead fern [13] season typically only lasts for a few short weeks in May.

Garlic Scapes

Garlic scapes [14] — the flowering stalks of still-developing garlic bulbs — are typically available for a few weeks sometime between late May and early July.


Leeks [15] are generally available year-round, with their peak during the Spring season.


While mangoes [16] don't typically grow in the US, their peak season runs from April through June in the equatorial climes where they're harvested.

Morel Mushrooms

The prized morel mushroom [17] is typically foraged (and therefore available fresh) during the Spring months; throughout the rest of the year, try dried morels.


Stinging nettles [18] are available in markets January through July.


English peas [19] — also known as shell peas and garden peas — enjoy a short-lived season during late Spring and early Summer and are at their best in May.

Pea Shoots

Tender pea shoots and tendrils [20] are typically available January through May.


Purslane [21] is typically available from April through December.


Although radishes [22] 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.


Ramps [23] are wild onions that have a limited season of about six weeks beginning in April.


Actually a vegetable rather than a fruit, rhubarb [24] is at its peak from April to June, though it is often available slightly later into the Summer season.

Spring Onions

Spring onions [25] are simply young onions that have been pulled before they develop into conventional onions, and they are available — you guessed it — throughout the Spring season.


Strawberries [26] are at their sweetest from April to July, though they are available at farmers markets as early as March and as late as October.

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