Saturday, April 18, 2009

Eating in Season

Spring is here! Not only does that mean warmer weather, but it also means a new supply of fresh, seasonal produce. Knowing what's available this time of year can help you eat healthy for less. Plus, buying local, seasonal produce is good for the environment and the economy.

Depending on where you live, your seasonal produce options will vary. A great tool to find out exactly what is ripe near you is the NRDC: Eat Local site. In general, though, here are some of the foods found across the country this time of year:

New England: arugula, mushrooms, radishes

Mid-Atlantic: spinach, asparagus, turnips, lettuce

Southeast: strawberries, blueberries, snap beans, cabbage, yellow squash

Mid-West: peas, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, asparagus

Gulf Coast: asparagus, blackberries, peaches, cucumber

West Coast: artichokes, green onions, cauliflower, lemons, cherries, beets

Mountain States: potatoes, rhubarb, sprouts, asparagus

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