Time to Check out These Veggies & Fruits

by Elisa Olivier-Nielsen, MA, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, EON Consulting

As spring is upon us, this is an ideal time to start making healthful decisions by buying seasonal produce to increase your daily fruit and vegetable consumption.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that only 33% of adults meet the daily recommendation for fruit consumption and only 27% get the recommended vegetable servings.

Among the various benefits of consuming fresh produce in their season, let’s highlight the following:

  • Increased availability
  • More economical way to add variety to your diet
  • Best flavor
  • Highest nutritional content of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc.

There are several ways to locate seasonal produce besides your local grocery store such as cooperatives (CSA), local food directories, farmers markets or you can always grow your own.

Local farmers markets provide seasonal fruits and vegetables all year round, and their number is on the rise in the United States as buying local has become a popular consumer trend. Farmers markets also feature other locally grown foods such as meats and honey, and some for them also accept SNAP/ EBT cards.

Check out a quick reference list of seasonal produce:

Spring (March, April and May)

Vegetables:

  • Asparagus
  • Celeriac
  • Collards
  • Radishes
  • Cucumber
  • Potatoes
  • Sorrel
  • Spring greens
  • Savoy cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Artichoke
  • Watercress
  • Purple Sprouting broccoli
  • Spring onion
  • Spinach
  • Peas
  • Fennel

Fruits:

  • Apricots
  • Avocado
  • Asparagus
  • Jackfruit
  • Mango
  • Strawberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Pineapple

Enjoy these seasonal fruits and vegetables and always be open to try them in new recipes!