It’s April, spring has been rolling along since March, and some delicious produce is coming into season. Eating fruits and vegetables that are in season is beneficial in many ways. Fresh, seasonal produce tastes better, is loaded with nutrients, requires fewer pesticides, is fresher, and helps reduce your carbon footprint. What’s in season? We’ve got a list and some great recipes for this month.
• Vegetables are abundant at this time of year. Look for asparagus, broccoli, artichoke, carrots, cauliflower, cabbages, Brussels sprouts, rhubarb, turnips, spinach, and peas to get started creating delicious recipes. Want options that may be a little less familiar? Think saltwort, beetroot, fennel, dandelion, and endive.
• A few fruits are beginning to be in season in April. Oranges, lemons, apples, and pears are here, with early strawberries coming at the end of the month.
• We’ve got some recipe suggestions to add to your repertoire. Give some of these a shot to make the most of April’s seasonal produce:
o Fennel and Arugula Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette: Meyer lemons compliment the peppery arugula and crisp fennel for a deliciously simple salad.
o Strawberry Pasta Salad: This tasty salad features bowtie pasta, strawberries, crystallized ginger, and mint.
o Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms: This side dish works well with a variety of spring entrees and features vegetables roasted in olive oil and finished in butter.
o Chilled English Pea Soup with Crab and Meyer Lemon: This refreshing soup features crème fraiche, delicate herbs, and lump crabmeat.
o Broccoli Rabe and Avocado Salad with Lemon Dressing and Herby Molten Eggs: This recipe joins together warm and cold ingredients on one plate for a dish that’s delicious and light.
o Smoked Trout with Roasted Radishes and Fennel-Stone Fruit Salad: This unique dish features almond oil, apricot kernel vinegar, honey vinaigrette, and tart, underripe peaches.
o Citrus Herb Roast Chicken: This one pot meal uses fresh herbs, lemons, and onions for a beautiful spring flavor.
o Bucatini with Mushroom Ragu, Dandelion Greens, and Tarragon: The rich flavor of dried morel mushrooms make this a first-course pasta that’s flavorful but not too filling.
o Strawberry-Buttermilk Cobbler: Finish your spring meal with this dessert made of fluffy biscuit and sweet, juicy strawberries.
When you’re looking for fresh local produce and all the ingredients for a special springtime meal, you’ll find everything you need at NetCost Market. For over 20 years, we’ve been committed to helping our customers save time and money while offering them the world of food all in one place. We’re a local supermarket with a global reach, providing a selection of everyday food products as well as a variety of culinary delights from around the world. It’s our goal to provide authentic, high-quality food products from local farmers as well as suppliers from around the world. When you shop with NetCost Market, you’ll find a comfortable, gratifying shopping experience that even includes online shopping and home grocery delivery.