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There is so much delicious produce in May 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 May — What’s in Season Guide is your guide to May Seasonal Produce along with recipes, tips, and more!
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MAY SEASONAL PRODUCE
May has is a mixture of spring and summer produce. I love all the fruit and berries this time of year. It’s also the beginning of stone fruit season! That means it’s time to start making jam and canning fruit at its peak. A couple girlfriends and I get together once a month or so and have a big cooking day. We make a ton of different jams and jellies, prep freezer meals, and can anything we can get our hands on.
I hope this May — 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.
MAY — WHAT’S IN SEASON GUIDE
Apricots are a good source of Vitamin A, rich in fiber, plus they are good for your heart, blood, and skin! My favorite thing to do with apricots is to dry them out in my dehydrator or blend them up in smoothies. So yummy!
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!
Does anyone else sing the sugar beets song from Sesame Street when they talk about or have any type of beets? I know, I’m showing my age..but the song always comes out when I’m making beets. Beets, Beets, Sugar Beets, Beets….
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.
All sorts of greens are in season right now. There are too many for their own category so I combined them in to one. From spinach to kale to various lettuces…there are so many options!
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.
I have to be honest…not a fan of mushrooms. Although hubby loves them, so when it’s a special occasion I will saute them up in some olive oil so he can use them all week long on burgers or pasta or on top of a steak. He can’t get enough.
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.
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.
One of my best friend loves radishes. Whenever we go out for Mexican food, she picks them off my plate and gobbles them up. Of course, I do the same thing with her black olives so it’s a win-win situation for both of us!
Thank goodness for May produce, because strawberries are perfectly ripe and so sweet. 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!
Did I miss something in my May — What’s In Season Guide??? What’s your favorite in-season fruit or veggie during March….tell me, I’d love to know.
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