Lots of things are in bloom in the springtime, including a number of nutritious vegetables. However, it can be difficult to decide what to purchase when you’re faced with the overwhelming possibilities in the produce aisle. Here are a few veggies that are in season in the spring, plus tips for choosing the freshest of the bunch.
1. Artichokes. Look for artichokes with tight, firm leaves that are deep green in color. Be sure to avoid ones with black spots, because this means they’re old and already rotting.
2. Asparagus. The thickness of the asparagus doesn’t matter, but you’ll need to check if it’s bright green and firm. Avoid bunches that are drooping or peeling.
3. Peas. Whether you’re looking for snow, sugar, or snap peas, you want to choose pods that are almost translucent.
4. Spinach. Spinach is one of the most nutrient-rich vegetables, but you should choose only fresh leaves to maximize its health benefits. Look for bunches that are darkly colored with no signs of yellowing or breaking.
5. Rhubarb. This isn’t the most common vegetable, but rhubarb is delicious in a number of sweet dishes from pies to cobblers. Avoid limp stalks and seek out ones that are deep red in color.
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