One of the simplest ways to maximize our food dollars, and get the best flavor and nutrition punch for the money we spend, is to purchase foods that are “in season”. In season means that those foods are most commonly harvested at that time and are at the peak of their flavor and nutritional values. Supply and demand saves our budget when we purchase these produce items at their peak, because that is also the time when they are most plentiful and readily available.
My lists are for items you will find in the United States, and even then, some will be more plentiful in one area of the country, than in others with later growing seasons. Use the list and walk through your local grocery store. Note the items that are on the shelves in your produce department, and their prices. Pick the ones that fit your family’s tastes, budget and geographical region. Select from a wide variety of types and colors to maximize a healthy, well-balanced diet and don’t be afraid to try something new. You’d be amazed at the new “favorites” you’ll discover.
Look for These Fruits and Vegetables in April
Leeks (end of season)
Lettuce (leaf and head)
What are your family’s favorite April fruits and vegetables? Do they like them best raw or cooked? What’s your favorite way to prepare them? Is there a vegetable you’ve always been afraid to try, but might consider if you had an easy recipe?