Spring is here and it’s exciting to see the markets full of seasonal gems – my favorite vegetables and fruits at this time.  I love walking through a farmer’s market and browsing at fresh produce.  Here are some of my great finds this season…….

Persian Cucumbers

This short, crunchy, slightly sweet, and almost seedless variety are perfect for snacking, salads and pickling.  Because of its thin skin, you don’t have to peel it. What I love about this low-calorie vegetable is it’s rich in fiber, antioxidants, flavonoids and tannins which can reduce the risks of chronic diseases. On top of it all, it contains a lot of water which is good for hydration. How about adding it to a crudite platter or a cheeseboard?

Radishseasonal gems - radish

Rich in vitamin C, this crunchy, peppery root vegetable has a pungent flavor perfect for salads, snack, appetizer, tacos and sandwiches.  Try it on a bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese.

I love asparagus in any form – steamed, sautéed, roasted, grilled, in soup or salads. Not only is it delicious, this spring vegetable is rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Try my quick recipe for sautéed asparagus here. 

Chives

A perennial herb that belongs to the garlic family with a mild flavor.  I often use it as a topping for soup, salads, baked potatoes, eggs, and seafood. The light pink unopened flowerbuds can be added to salads or as a garnish. Try my recipe for lobster meunière with chives here.

Strawberries

One of my favorite berries, I can’t count the many ways I eat strawberries.  Delicious as a snack, in shakes, salads, pie, ice cream, cake etc. This refreshing fruit is rich in flavonoids, fiber, potassium, vitamin C and folic acid. Enjoy my recipe for sweet berry crepes with mascarpone cream here.

If you want to grow your own strawberry patch, try vertical gardening as shown here.