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Produce in-Season Spring 2021!

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If you eat many fruits and veggies, you’re probably familiar with the even flow of produce prices and quality. That’s why buying produce in season is cost-effective and efficient. Naturally, produce is at its finest when it’s fresh but it’s even better when it’s in season. With spring on the way, let’s look at what produce is coming into season in spring 2021.

March

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Spring starts in March, which means that’s when the first round of fresh in-season fruits and veggies begin hitting grocery store shelves. What are some of those fruits and veggies? Artichokes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, lettuce, mushrooms, and radishes. The veggies alone make for one great in-season grilled vegetable medley. Try tossing some artichokes, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and mushrooms in olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Then pop them in the oven at 400 degrees until they’re cooked to your liking. You can also throw together a great side salad with fresh lettuce and a little bit of chopped-up radish. Check out more produce in season by reading the list below.

  • Artichokes
  • Broccoli,
  • Brussels sprouts,
  • Cauliflower
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Parsnips
  • Pineapples
  • Radishes
  • Rutabagas
  • Turnips

April

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On to April. April is the first full month of springtime, and it brings even more fresh produce with it. As the season goes on, the produce on the list above keeps getting fresher and fresher while other fruits and vegetables join the party. April marks the growing season for asparagus, rhubarb, spring peas, and more. Grilled asparagus goes great with baked chicken, steak, and salmon. Try tossing some asparagus in olive oil, salt, and pepper and then throwing them on the grill! Maybe bake some spring peas while you’re at it? Or even whip up a nice rhubarb pie! Read the list below to find out what else is in season.

  • Avocado
  • Asparagus
  • Rhubarb
  • Spring peas
  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet potato

May

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May is the last full month of spring, which means we see even more fresh fruits and veggies hit the grocery store shelves. May sees more fruits come into season, with apricots, cherries, mangoes, and strawberries making an appearance. Enjoy an excellent strawberry parfait, cook up a nice apricot cobbler, eat a fresh mango for lunch, or toss a fresh, plump cherry on top of your ice cream sundae, if you want to be a little extra. What else comes into season? Read the list below

  • Apricots
  • Cherries
  • Mangoes
  • Okra
  • Strawberries
  • Swiss chard
  • Zucchini

June

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Last but not least, June. May was the beginning of the fresh fruit season, but June brings in the heavy hitters, with blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, peaches, and the summertime classic, watermelon. This is a great time to put together a banger fruit salad, bake up some tasty blueberry muffins for breakfast, peel up some peaches for a nice peach cobbler, and cut up some watermelon for the kids on their first day of summer break. The list doesn’t end there. There’s more where that comes from. Read below!

  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Corn
  • Kiwi
  • Peaches
  • Watermelon
  • Black cherry
  • Mulberry
  • Loquat
  • Pearplum
  • Nectarine
  • Raspberry
  • Currant
  • Gooseberry

There you have it! Save some money at the grocery store by buying these tasty fruits and vegetables when they are as fresh as can be. At Nutropia, we regularly cook with the freshest produce and ingredients in season. If you’re not a fan of cooking, we can cook up some fresh, healthy meals and snacks just for you! Click here to learn more.

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3 Spices You Can Use to Spice Up Your Meal

Let’s be honest with ourselves. Salt and pepper are boring. They add a little flavor, sure. But they don’t quite make a meal tasty. Of course, not everyone is a master chief. So what can you do to mix things up a little? Luckily for you, we know our spices. Here are 3 kitchen seasonings you can use to spice up your meals.

Smoked Paprika

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Smoked paprika makes food tastier and spicier. It’s not super spicy, but it’s just enough to make your meal more interesting. Add some smoked paprika to your grilled chicken. It tastes fantastic on salmon and shrimp too. Cut up some potato wedges and toss them in olive oil, a little salt, pepper, and a dash of smoked paprika. You won’t regret it!

Onion and Garlic Powder

These two are a team so we mind as well count them as one. Skip the hassle of cutting up onion and garlic with these two simple seasonings. Use it in your go-to chicken, pork, or beef marinade. You can toss some on your vegetable of choice. Try sprinkling some on your rice too.

Lemon Pepper

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It smells off, but we can assure you it’s not. Add some zest to your chicken Alfredo with this fun spice. Try sprinkling some on your asparagus before you pop it in the oven. Put a few dashes of lemon pepper on your tilapia too!

Now you know how to spice up your meals! Be mindful of how much or how little spice you add to your meal. You want to add to the meal but not overwhelm yourself with spices. Of course, we’re always cooking up tasty meals in the kitchen. If you’re not a fan of cooking, we can do it for you! Just click here to learn more.