The arrival of sunnier days and warmer temperatures has us excited for the start of spring. And in the kitchen, that means the welcome arrival of a fresh array of fresh produce. From asparagus to strawberries we’ve highlighted 5 of our favorite fruits and vegetables that you won’t want to miss as well as some of our best tips for storing, prepping and cooking these beloved seasonal staples.
Low in calories and a great source of nutrients asparagus is great grilled or shaved in a salad. To keep your stalks fresh until you’re ready to eat them, try making an asparagus bouquet! Stand them up in a container filled with about two inches of water and store on a shelf in your fridge for 2 – 4 days.
Artichokes aren’t just for dipping in butter (but also so good!). For plant based eaters, artichokes are a good replacement texture wise for chicken or seafood. Try making crab cakes with the hearts or adding them as a pizza topper. A fresh artichoke should squeak when you rub the leaves together and can last in your crisper drawer for about 5 days.
People often think of colder months when they think of citrus, but grapefruit is still harvested into June. Jam packed with vitamin c, this hydrating fruit is said to do everything from boost brain power, lower cholesterol, and help with weight loss. To help cut the tart taste, a sprinkle of salt will actually help neutralize the bitterness and trick your brain into thinking it tastes sweeter!
Made up of 95% water and a good source of vitamin c, radishes are a great way to help keep your skin hydrated and looking fresh. With a crunchy and peppery taste, they make a nice addition to salads, but also are wonderful sautéed. Just don’t forget to include the greens which are perfectly edible and will lose their fuzzy texture when cooked.
Strawberries aren’t just delicious, they are also high in antioxidants and lower in sugar than many other fruits. For an easy trick to remove the hull without losing a lot of berry in the process, try pushing a metal straw in through the bottom of the fruit and up through the top. The core and leaves will pop right off!
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