Spring Produce Guide

Spring Produce Guide

April showers bring May flowers, and fruits and veggies too! It’s time to get to your favorite produce market, and grab all the freshest fruits and veggies. But maybe you’re not quite sure which fruits and vegetables are in season or how to select and store them.

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.

Peach or Apricot Scones

Apricot Stuffing 

Apricot Cream Cheese Thumbprints

Apricot Baked Ham

Apricot Granola

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

Artichoke Wonton Bites

Royal Artichokes and Asparagus

Salinas Style Artichokes


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

Asparagus and Roasted Pine Nuts in Lemon Vinaigrette

Asparagus Wrap

Wild Rice with Asparagus and Shiitake Mushrooms

Broccoli – Select odorless broccoli heads with tight, bluish-green florets. Store them in refrigerator, and use within 3-5 days.

Broccoli Casserole

Fettuccine and Broccoli

Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Soup

Savory Chicken Broccoli Bake

Penne with Red Pepper Sauce and Broccoli

Corn – Select ears with green husks, crisp silks and packed rows of kernels. Store corn with husks on in the refrigerator, and use within 1-2 days.

Country Corn Bread

Corny Dogs

Bobbie's Corn Casserole

Tomato Corn Macaroni

Sweet Corn Noodle Soup

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.

Honeydew Smoothie

Prosciutto Wrapped Melon Balls

Melon Tray with Fruit Dressing

Cold Melon Soup

Melon Salad

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

Mango Chicken

Mango Key Lime Pound Cake

Mango Chutney Chicken Salad Wrap

Orange – Select heavy oranges with firm, smooth skins. Store them at room temperature for 1-2 days. Refrigerate for 1-2 weeks.

Mandarin Orange Cake

Outrageous Orange Salad 

Orange Bread

Spinach, Orange and Bean Sprout Salad with Sesame Vinaigrette

Orange Tomato and Mushroom Breakfast Tacos

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.

Pineapple Chicken

Pineapple Au Gratin

Zelinda's Pineapple Pie

Wieners, Beans and Potatoes with Pineapple Chunks

Pineapple Soup

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

Garlic Spinach

Super Spinach Spiral Meatloaf

Goat Cheese and Spinach Turkey Burgers

Spinach Calzone

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

Strawberry Dumplings

Strawberry Bread

Mango Apricot Strawberry Smoothie


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