What’s in Season and How Do I Cook It?

Nothing can beat the taste of recipes created using fresh ingredients. Often, though it is hard to know what is in season and what is not. If you’re buying local from farmer’s markets and green grocers though, it’s important to be prepared. Here are a few produce items that will be in season this spring and fun new recipes to really bring out their flavor.

Apricots

Broil Them: Coat halved apricots in sugar and broil until caramelized. Then, remove them from the oven and top with ricotta and pistachios.

Grill Them: Brush apricots with oil and season them with salt and pepper. Grill them and let cool. Toss the apricots with radicchio, arugula and a dressing of lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper. Top with burrata, ham, and vinegar and you’ve got a great side salad.

Top Them: Toss apricots in sugar and brown a few slices of brioche. Brown some butter, add apricots and salt until heated through. Create a smooth sauce from the remnants in the pan and top the brioche with apricots, ice cream, and the sauce.

Artichokes

Make Soup: Prepare artichoke hearts and add to a pot along with melted butter, sliced leed, garlic and shallots and cook until all vegetables are tender. Add diced potatoes and stock along with seasoning wrapped in cheesecloth. Cook for one hour and puree the soup. Add butter and cream when ready to serve!

Fry Them: Prepare baby artichokes and rub them with lemon. Start frying them at 300℉ in olive oil. Dry them off and fry again, working in batches. Brown the artichokes, drain them, and add whatever seasoning your heart desires.

Add Them to a Salad: Artichokes can be added to a variety of different salads. These delicious veggies add a unique texture to any dish. Here we’ve included a great recipe for a salad with artichokes, pine nuts, roasted red peppers, and more!

Carrots

Glaze Them: Boil carrots until tender. Add them to a skillet of melted butter along with honey and ginger. Cook until browned. Add chili pepper and continue to cook. Remove from heat and you’re ready to serve.

Shred Them: Peel and grate carrot, cooking them in a mixture of water, white-wine vinegar, coarse salt, ground cumin, ground pepper and red-pepper flakes with raisins. Cook until the carrots are a crispy tender. Mix in olive oil and chill.

Fava Beans

Mash Them: Shuck and peel fava beans and cook until bright green. Pound almonds, anchovies and garlic and combine with the fava beans along with 2 tablespoons of lemon oil. Mash it all into a coarse puree and stir in more lemon oil, parmesan, mint and lemon zest to create a fava bean pesto. The pesto can be used to top crostini for a fun, new appetizer for all.

Char Them: Blanch and peel fava beans. Heat olive oil, garlic and jalapenos and season with salt. Blacken the beans. Cook shallots in butter until softened and add lemon juice. Throw it all together with the beans and add cheese and tarragon. Season to your liking and you’ve got a great, spring salad.

Rhubarb

Pair Them: Cook onion, garlic, ginger and salt together in a saucepan. Add wine and raisins and boil. Add sugar and half of the rhubarb. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer until rhubarb is broken down. Stir in the rest of the rhubarb and repeat. Let it cool. Pair this chutney with sharp cheeses and toasted bread for a fresh appetizer.

Chill Them: Boil together sugar, vanilla beans, rhubarb and water. Stir in sugar and remove from heat. Add raspberries and cool. Mash the fruit and strain through a coarse sieve. Chill the soup and garnish before serving. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and raspberries to make the deal even sweeter.

Also in season are asparagus, avocados, chives, fennel, leeks, mangoes, morels, pasa, pineapples, potatoes, spinach and watercress. All of this delicious produce is versatile and offers myriad vitamins and minerals when prepared fresh. Try some of these recipes and enjoy! Share your favorites with us.


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