Apples and oranges getting repetitive? Too many iceberg lettuce salads? Embrace the sunny season with these lesser-known fruits and veggies. You find the best value and flavor during the springtime.
Harvested in the early spring in temperate regions, this bulb-shaped vegetable combines the crunchiness of carrots with the sharp, bitter taste found in beets and radishes. Kohlrabi is one of the lowest-calorie vegetables, and one serving–about 1 cup, chopped contains more than 100 percent of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin C. Snack on a few raw slices with a dash of salt.
Curried Red Lentil, Kohlrabi, and Couscous Salad
Kohlrabi and Potato Soup
(The Washington Post)
These bright red stalks are often the first sign of spring in some areas. This fruit’s crisp, tartness makes it the perfect ingredient in low-fat and low-sugar cakes and tarts. Pair it with lean meats for an especially pucker-worthy flavor.
Sugar-Free Rhubarb Coffee Cake
Dijon-Rubbed Pork with Rhubarb Sauce
(Taste of Home)
Sugar-Free Rhubarb Jam
Just like other greens, Swiss chard can get bitter when the weather turns hot, making it perfect for harvesting in the spring. With the texture of collard greens and the bitterness of kale, Swiss chard is known for being versatile in a variety of recipes. Sub for lettuce and create a powerhouse salad, bursting with Vitamins A, C, and K, as well as magnesium and iron.
Saut├®ed Swiss Chard with Parmesan Cheese
Swiss Chard and Herb Summer Salad
Roasted Tomato, Chickpea and Swiss Chard Soup
These soft and juicy morsels are the first members of the stone fruit family (think peaches and nectarines) to ripen. Just like carrots, this bright orange fruit is full of beta-carotene, which helps create healthy eye and skin cells. Apricots are small and easily portable, which means they can make the ideal sweet afternoon pick-me-up.
Arugula, Fennel and Apricot Salad
Sugar-Free Apricot Jam
(Super Healthy Kids)
Because their season begins at the end of winter, you can find these tiny, snack-ready fruits ripe for the picking in the early spring. Kumquats are high in immune-boosting Vitamin C and cancer-fighting nutrients known as free radicals. Just like clementines or tangerines, this fruit has the idea flavor balance of sweet and sour. Not to mention, they’re fun to eat
Sugar-free Kumquat Marmalade
Seared Scallops with Kumquat-Tarragon Vinaigrette
Beet, Blood Orange, Kumquat and Quinoa Salad
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