Tomorrow is officially the first day of spring (March 20)! I’m so excited to read all the spring-themed posts around the web from spring cleaning your home, diet, closet, mind, digital space and more! It feels like a mini refresh + a time for a clean slate after the winter blues.
I have never paid much attention to eating with the seasons as I’ve never been very aware of what produce is actually in-season. It’s always been kind of a hit or miss for me (I know that watermelons and berries are most available in the summer?). I decided to do a little research and compile a list of seasonal produce: a fruit + veggie guide for spring!
Many of us are lucky enough to have access to nearly every type of produce we need at any time during the year. So why should we even care about eating seasonally?
- Nutrition + Flavour. Since they’re collected at their peak ripeness and experience shorter traveling time, eating foods that are in-season are more nutritious (and taste better!).
- Sustainable. It’s more environmentally sustainable as it is transported over short distances (especially when purchased local).
- Save money. Foods sold during their growing season tend to be cheaper as they are much more plentiful since they’re easier to grow.
- Variety. Switch it up! It will encourage you to try new foods that you have never eaten before! (I personally have never tried kumquats).
This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t eat foods that aren’t in-season…but a fun way to create themes for your meals and save a little money along the way!
the recipes to get you started
Grilled Asparagus and Creamy Lemon Quinoa // Thai Green Curry with Spring Vegetables // The Glitter Guide’s 5 Healthy Spring Recipes // Spring Abundance Bowl with Pickled Raddish // Zucchini and Carrot Noodles with Avocado, Pea and Kale Pesto // Avocado Artichoke Arugula and Spinach Salad // Collard Wraps with Herbed Cashew Spread and Roast Peppers // Kumquat Marmalade and Chia Seed Pudding // Dairy-free Apricot Ice Cream // Raspberry Rhubarb Crisp // The Ultimate Spring Salad
Simply right click and ‘save image’, then print! Stick it on your fridge or keep it in your purse to bring with you grocery shopping!
Bear in mind that the season and availability of certain produce may vary depending on your location, what kind of climate you’re living in, and even the specific month (in other words, this list may not include all produce in-season). If you are living in the U.S., I found this really neat tool from Sustainable Table that tells you what specific foods are in-season in your state!
Image 1 via Glitter Guide