Spring is in full swing, and there’s no better time to head over to your local Farmer’s Market and check out what’s in-season!
Why the Farmer’s Market? The fruits and vegetables you buy there are the freshest and tastiest available, as they are allowed to ripen fully in the field and brought directly to you.
Here’s what to look out for on your next visit:
These are a great source of Vitamin C, folate and magnesium! To select the perfect artichoke, choose one with tightly closed leaves. Then, pull back one of its leaf to check the heart for black blemishes.
Fava beans are low in fat, and a great source of fiber, iron and potassium. When choosing fresh fava beans, find pods that are firm but without many markings. The pods should be heavy, with just a hint of the rounded beans inside.
Peas are a fat-free source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A and dietary fiber. To select the best peas, choose firm, bright green, medium-sized pods with no signs of decay or wilting.
An excellent source of Vitamin K and C, look for bright maroon/red/purple leaves that are moist and tender. Leaves that are dried, limp or yellowed indicate poor quality.
These delicious fruits are fat-free and low in calories. Choose flat stalks that are not curled or limp. Deep red stalks are sweeter and richer; tenderness is not related to size.
Asparagus is high in Vitamins A and C. To select, choose odorless asparagus stalks with dry, tight tips.
Fennel is great source of Vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Choose firm, unblemished fennel bulbs with bright green leaves, and refrigerate in a plastic bag for up to five days.
These are high in Vitamin C and folate. Choose shiny, firm strawberries with a bright red color, and avoid any that look shriveled, mushy or leaky.
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