Spring Produce Guide
To help alleviate any concerns you might have, we’ve created a spring produce guide based on information from Fruits & Veggies - More Matters. We’ve also collected some tasty recipes that include and emphasize each healthy ingredient.
Apricots – Select plump and firm apricots. Store them at room temperature until they are ripe, and then place them in the refrigerator in a plastic bag for 3-5 days.
Artichokes – Select heavy and plump artichoke heads with closed leaves. Retract one leaf to make sure there aren’t any black blemishes on the heart. Store them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to one week. Also, make sure to keep artichokes dry to avert mold growth.
Oven-Braised Baby Artichokes with Lemon Aioli
Artichoke and Jalapeno Dip
Asparagus – Select odorless asparagus stalks with dry, stiff tips. Don’t choose an asparagus with a wilted stalk. Refrigerate them for up to four days by wrapping ends of stalks in a wet paper towel and setting in a plastic bag.
Breaded Asparagus Sticks
Asparagus Picnic Salad
Honeydew – Select well-shaped honeydew melons that are almost spherical and are heavy for size. The exterior should be waxy, not fuzzy. Refrigerate them for up to 2 weeks.
Prosciutto Wrapped Melon Balls
Mango – Select somewhat firm mangos with sweet scent. Avoid mangos with sap on skin. Store them at room temperature for 1-2 days. Refrigerate peeled and cut mangos.
Avocado Mango Salsa
Crab and Shrimp Salad with Mango
Pineapple – Select heavy pineapples with dark green leaves. Avoid soft or dark spots and dry-looking leaves. Eat as soon as possible. Store cut pineapple in refrigerator for 2-3 days.
Spinach - Select fresh, crisp, green bunches with no sign of insect damage. Loosely wrap spinach in damp paper towel. Store in plastic bag in refrigerator for use within 3-5 days.
Spinach Pasta Salad with Lemon Balsamic Dressing
Strawberries – Select shiny, firm strawberries with a bright red color. Caps should be fresh, green and unbroken. Avoid withered, soggy or leaky berries. Do not wash strawberries until ready to eat. Store in refrigerator for 1-3 days.
Rich Strawberry Tiramisu
Strawberry Marshmallow Crispy Bars
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