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There is so much delicious produce in April and if you are like me, I try to save money at the store by buying produce that’s in season. It’s cheaper, it’s fresher, and it didn’t travel very far to get to your table. My April — What’s in Season Guide is your guide to April Seasonal Produce along with recipes, tips, and more!
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April Seasonal Produce
The spring produce line up is exciting as most of the root veggies are outta here and there are more fruits and my favorite asparagus is in season! It’s such a nice time of year after the month and months of root vegetables and squash.
I hope this April — What’s In Season Guide is just what you are looking for. Furthermore, if you’re looking for more resources on your food journey then check out my Feeding a Family on a Budget guide or this Budget Friendly Menu Planning. I have lots of menu planning guides for various occasions and even a monthly & weekly menu planning printable that’s super helpful. Lastly, the best thing for eating healthy and in season is a well stocked pantry.
Easter is just around the corner and there are some delicious seasonal recipes included below that would make a perfect addition to your Easter menu. Two of my most popular recipes on AMFT are my Empty Tomb Rolls and Resurrection Cookies, if you are looking for a faith-based recipe for the kids. And my Spring Jello Salad and BLT Deviled Eggs are always a must on my Easter table.
April — WHAT’S IN SEASON GUIDE
Artichokes are pretty much the only vegetable I won’t touch. However, almost everyone I know loves it and goes crazy for anything made with it.
I wish I could grow asparagus because I buy it every week regardless of price and my family tends to prefer the thinner stalks, but will eat whatever I can find.
For the first 35 years of my life, I hated avocados…but I met an avocado farmer who told me I just hadn’t had a perfectly ripe avocado yet. She gave a few and said exactly what day to try them. I patiently waited and then…I fell in love. I’m a huge avocado snob and always look forward to when they are in season!
My kids never get tired of broccoli. They happily eat it and would eat it with every dinner if I let them. I tend to just roast it with olive oil, garlic, and a little kosher salt. I love it when it is just starting to turn dark which means the flavor becomes a little nutty. YUM!
Mostly I use cabbage for coleslaw and corned beef, but it is so delicious and has so many health benefits. It is a great source of vitamin K, vitamin C and vitamin B6. Plus it’s a good source of manganese, dietary fiber, and potassium to name just a few.
I love cauliflower simply roasted in the oven. But it’s so versatile and the hottest veggie on the planet these days. Additionally, it’s great for using in place of potatoes or rice.
Citrus: Grapefruits, Lemons, Limes, Oranges, Tangerines
I love citrus…really all of it! We have like 5 citrus trees: orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and kumquat. Seriously, fresh picked citrus is one of my favorite things in the whole world. Find a U-Pick location near you if you can and go to town. Most of all, I juice almost all my lemons and freeze in 2 cup proportions for summer-time lemonade!
Chives add a delicious little onion flavor to any dish. Keep them on hand and snip them with scissors into salads, in pasta, or a topping to french fries, biscuits, or anywhere!!!
I enjoy leeks, but I don’t cook with them often. They are sometimes hard to find here, but when I spot them I pick up a few and use them in soups, breakfast dishes, and side dishes.
Mangos are pricy little fruits, but waiting until they are in season means the price is affordable and the flavor is amazing! Smoothies, salsa, drinks, and ice cream are my favorite ways to use mangos…besides just slicing them up for a snack.
Never ever…NEVER buy canned peas. They are disgusting and yes I am biased. These little peas are one of my favorites. I’d choose them over chocolate any day! For reals! And my daughter asks for frozen peas for breakfast.
A smoothie made with papaya, coconut, pineapple and a splash of lime will take you far, far away. You’ll sip on it and feel like your a million miles away on beach enjoying the warm sun!
I don’t usually make recipes with pineapple because as soon as I cut it, it disappears. Usually, there is a battle to the cut pineapple and it never gets used in the recipe or fruit platter as planned.
Shallots have a mild onion-garlic flavor and can be used in place of onions or garlic or both. They are great in guacamole!
Thank goodness for March produce, because strawberries are finally coming into season. Of course, they are perfect for snacking, but cooking with them and making jam is always a must. Just don’t wash them until you’re ready to use them!
Wanna know what I love even more than potatoes? Sweet Potatoes! I usually just eat them plain…no butter, no sugar, no cinnamon. Just a baked sweet potato and a juicy steak and I’m set!
Watercress is a semi-aquatic herb that has a slight peppery flavor. It’s a great addition to salads and sandwiches.
Did I miss something in my April — What’s In Season Guide??? What’s your favorite in-season fruit or veggie during March….tell me, I’d love to know.