When spring rolls around and warm temperatures are finally on the horizon, the need to readjust everything in your life might feel more apparent than ever (it’s called “spring cleaning” for a reason). But in addition to cleaning out your home and trashing old knickknacks, you should also restock your kitchen with ingredients fresh for the new season.
While some foods can be purchased in any season — like avocados or bananas — some are best enjoyed in the springtime. Using information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we found foods worth seeking out at the farmers market when those April showers are making way for May flowers. Here are the foods in season during spring.
Collard greens are a Southern delicacy and a superfood perfect for purchase in the spring. Collard greens are rich in vitamin A and vitamin C and a great source of fiber and calcium.
Salads are one of those items you can stop buying pre-made at the grocery store and make on your own. What better time than spring to perfect those salad-making skills? If you have fresh kale in your fridge, you can mix up a tasty salad in minutes.
Limes are handy if you’re concocting a tasty cocktail or jazzing up the best tacos in town, and spring is the perfect time to buy them. Adding a squeeze of lime juice to your water has also been proven to boost the happiness hormones serotonin, dopamine and endorphins.
You don’t have to be lounging on a beach in Hawaii to enjoy some pineapple. This sweet, tart fruit is at its tastiest in the spring. If you’re not sure which pineapple is worth the buy, the Produce for Better Health Foundation recommends looking for one that has dark green leaves and is heavy for its size.
Whether you live in Sumner, Washington — “the rhubarb pie capital of the world” — or not, not many things scream springtime quite like fresh rhubarb made into an iconic pie. You’ll be able to snag the freshest rhubarb at the market during spring.
If you’re missing important vitamins — like iron and magnesium — from your diet, spring is the perfect time to add spinach to your routine. Spinach is a superfood packed with healthy nutrients.
Strawberries are at their sweetest from spring until the end of summer, so enjoy the fresh fruit on top of pancakes or mixed in with your favorite yogurt. On its own, the berry is one of the best foods for weight loss.
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