Spring Is Here!

13WHAM News ::Healthy Eating - Spring Is Here!

Its finally April and the cold weather is starting to dissipate. Its also the time of year that a lot of our favorite fruits and vegetables start coming back into season. This spring, take advantage of the fresh asparagus, artichokes, green beans, and more.

What do we mean when we say that a fruit or vegetable is "in season"?

When a fruit or vegetable is in season, it is the time of year that a crop ripens and is harvested for people to eat. Unless there is a problem with the crop, it is the time of year when a fruit or vegetable is most readily available.

Want to get more for your money? Buying in season often helps! Prices usually come down when a fruit or vegetable is in season. In addition, the quality of the produce (taste, texture, freshness, etc.) is at its best.

When you buy produce that is out of season (for example, buying berries in the winter), you are likely buying food that has been shipped hundreds or even thousands of miles. It is usually more expensive, less environmentally-friendly, and the quality not as good.

Your Guide to Spring Produce

Below is a list of vegetables and fruits that are typically at their peak during the spring months. Look for them next time youre at the grocery store! Remember that we suggest filling half of your plate with non-starchy vegetables, and a variety of non-starchy vegetables are available in the spring. We've marked them below with an asterisk (*).

Asparagus (green, purple, and white)*
Belgian Endive*
Butter Lettuce*
Collard Greens*
Fava Beans
Green Beans*
Morel Mushrooms*
Mustard Greens*
Snow peas*
Swiss Chard*

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