How to select springtime fruits and vegetables
Tuesday 30 March 2010
The greatest food trends right now involve seasonal eating and fresh farm-to-table ingredients; spring is an exciting time to create fresh simple recipes by looking to your garden or local fresh markets.
It is important to know how to select the best spring and local ingredients, namely foods that are ripe for eating during March, April and May in the Northern hemisphere. Various sites and blogs including YumSugar, Food+Wine and Ceres Secrets, offer guides, recipes and know-how for making healthy spring meals.
Ceres Secrets, a seasonal food blog, offers a guide to help determine the best time to purchase your produce:
Available during early spring
Baby lettuce mixes
Garden peas/Petit pois
New potatoes and then other varieties
Sugar snap peas
Available during mid-spring
Green onions, vidalias & other varieties
Available during late spring
YumSugar, a food community blog, has a short ten-question quiz to test your spring produce IQ: http://www.yumsugar.com/Do-You-Know-Spring-Produce-7721587
Also Food+Wine, a respected food and wine magazine and site, has 100+ recipes for your spring produce: http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/spring-produce
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