Local Spring Eats
Spring is fantastic. Everything is fresh and new, including the first local produce of the season. Here are our top picks of the best local spring produce. We can’t wait to get our hands on some. We hope you enjoy some too.
Asparagus is one of the first spring crops to become available here. It’s also one of our favourites. Asparagus is packed with anti-oxidants, vitamins and folates that help keep your mind sharp. And with the spring grilling season starting, it’s one of our favourites on the BBQ.
If asparagus and baby spinach met in the middle, that would describe the tasted of fiddleheads. Slightly grassy, slightly nutty and always delicious. Make sure you wash them thoroughly. All you need to do to enjoy them is sauté in a frying pan with butter and lemon juice
We love the fresh flavour, crunch and slight heat that come from fresh radishes. Of course, they are a spring salad staple, but here’s a tasty twist to try. Cut the radishes into ¼ inch medallions, toss them with some olive oil and salt and bake in a 350F oven until slightly crisp.
We’ll let you in on a little secret. Rhubarb is actually a vegetable. But it’s bittersweet tartness usually sees it used in sweet dishes. Make sure you pick rhubarb with crisp, firm stalks. You can make a rhubarb base, perfect for blending into smoothies by combining ¾ cup of sugar, ¼ cup of orange juice and 4 cups of chopped rhubarb. And if you want to take it to a whole new level, try our recipe for rhubarb white chocolate bread pudding.
Are you one of the people who think turnips are a fall root veggie? You’re not wrong, but you might be missing out. Baby spring turnips are tender and delicate. The stems, which are also edible, have a slightly spicy flavour. You don’t even need to peel these beauties, just cut them into wedges and steam, roast or grill. You can also shave them into salads. Enjoy them before the summer heat turns them bitter and woody.
So, put a spring in your step with fresh spring produce. And remember, this is just the beginning. With summer and fall come even more delicious local produce. Visit your produce section or local farmers’ market often, and Ask for Local.