Thursday, April 29, 2010

In Spring, Think Green


What's in season?
We used to keep a running list of seasonal produce on this blog. Somewhere along the way, the list disappeared. But we always get so many questions about eating seasonally and it's good to remind ourselves what fruits and veggies are at their peak. We don't want to miss the peak of artichoke season when the hearts of these delicious veggies are at their meatiest. Nor do we want to miss the sweet crunch of in-season asparagus. Eating seasonally is not only good for the body...it's wonderful for the taste buds.

So what's at it's best this spring? Think green.

Artichokes & Asparagus are the first arrivals that truly say spring is here. The best artichokes come from Castroville where they host a great festival in May, all things artichoke.

Cherries are some of the first of the summer fruit to arrive on the scene. You can typically find Bing and Rainier cherries toward the end of May.

Mushroom gatherers are busy in the spring hunting for the elusive morel mushroom. These sponge-like mushrooms have a rich, nutty flavor that makes them extremely popular with mushroom lovers.

Peas make their appearance in the spring and continue to proliferate throughout the summer.

Radishes are at their crunchiest and tastiest in spring.

Written by Linzi