Spring Produce Guide

With the Spring season upon us, I thought I’d post a list of what produce is fresh and when for those of you who enjoy eating and cooking great food with the freshest of ingredients.

The spring and earlier summer is the best time to make some of the most delicious and fresh vegetable and fruit dishes imaginable.  The below information is courtesy of Ceres Secrets.

Spring Produce Guide
Early Spring – The following items are only available in early Spring unless otherwise specified.

Baby Lettuce Mixes ~Early Spring and again through Summer and Fall
Broccoli ~ Early Spring and again in late Fall and Winter
Broccoli Raab ~ Early Spring and again in late Fall and Winter
Fava beans ~Through early Summer
Fennel ~Early Spring and again through Summer and Fall
Garden Peas/Petit Pois ~Through early Summer
Morels ~Maybe be found as early as late winter depending on the weather
Mustard Greens ~Early Spring and again in Fall
New Potatoes and then other varieties ~Through Summer
Radishes ~Early Spring and again in Fall
Ramps ~Also known as the Wild Leeks of the Appalachia
Snow Peas ~Through early Summer
Sugar Snap Peas ~Through early Summer

Mid Spring – The following items are only available in mid Spring unless otherwise specified.

Asparagus
Amaranth Greens ~Through Fall
Artichokes ~ Spring and again in early Fall
Arugula/Rocket ~Through Fall, but most tender in Spring
Carrots ~ Spring and again in late Summer
Celeriac Root
Chives ~Spring through Fall
Collards ~ Spring and again in Fall
Dandelion Greens
Fiddlehead Ferns

Garlic ~ Spring and again in Summer and early Fall
Green Onions, Sweet Onions such as Vidalias and Other Varieties ~Through Fall
Lemons ~ Spring and again in Fall
Mangoes ~ Spring and again in Summer
Pineapple ~ Spring and again in Summer
Rhubarb ~Through Summer
Sorrel ~ Spring and again in Summer and Fall
Spinach ~ Spring and again in Fall
Turnips ~ Spring and again in Fall
Watercress ~ Spring and again in Fall

Late Spring – The following items are only available in late Spring unless otherwise specified.

Apricots ~Through mid Summer
Blueberries ~Though Summer
Boysenberries ~Through mid Summer
Cardoons ~Through late Fall
Chard ~Through Winter
Cherries ~Through early Summer
Loganberries ~ Through mid Summer
Olallieberries ~ Through mid Summer
Plums ~ Through early Fall
Pluots ~ Through early Fall
Raspberries ~Through early Fall
Strawberries ~Through early Summer

The Survivors – I call the following fruits and vegetables “Survivors” because some of the have been in the markets since early Fall, but their season is so long, that they will continue to show up in the markets until the middle to end of spring when their growing cycle comes to a close. All of these pair really well with the sensational lettuce varieties available. Combine many of them and prepare for a very colorful and multidimensional feast.

Chicories ~Mid Fall through mid Spring
Grapefruit ~Mid Fall through mid Spring
Haas Avocados (Mexico) ~Early Fall through late Spring
Kiwifruit (California) ~Late Fall through Spring
Loquats ~Late Winter through Spring
Mandarin Oranges ~Early Fall through late Spring
Pummelos ~Mid Winter through Spring
Tangarines ~Early Fall through late Spring

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