What’s on the Market?

Spring is in the air and it’s time to start thinking about seasonal produce! Don’t be intimidated by unfamiliar fruits and vegetables; with these simple rules you will become a pro at buying spring produce in no time! Check out these fresh, vibrant fruits and vegetables this season:

Asparagus – Look for asparagus that is thin in diameter (about the diameter of a pencil or Sharpie marker). Make sure the asparagus has tight compacted heads and has firm, unwrinkled stalks. To store asparagus, chop 1/2 inch off the ends and place the entire bunch in a glass with a little water in the bottom. Invert a ziplock bag over the top of it and store it in the fridge. Click here for further preparation instructions.

Artichokes – Look for artichokes that are compact and heavy for their size. Look for crisp, tightly packed, bright green leaves. Avoid rinsing or cutting the artichoke before storing it. Put the artichoke in plastic bag, sprinkle some water over it and seal the bag; refrigerate. Click here to learn how to prepare an artichoke.

Mangoes – Ripe mangoes have a sweet fruity smell to them at the stem end and exhibit yellow-red skin. When you gently squeeze the mango, it should demonstrate a slight yield to the touch. Store ripe mangoes in the refrigerator. Click here to learn the secret to eating a mango.

Pineapples – Look for pineapple with dark green leaves and a firm shell. Make sure that the pineapple has a bright and uniform color with yellow at the bottom. If the center leaf plucks out easily, the pineapple is ripe. Pineapple can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator in a perforated plastic bag. Click here to learn how to cut a pineapple.


  1. Hmmm mangoes are delicious!!! Mangoes are used to make dressings for salads or for a sweet salsa to top off a piece of fish or chicken.

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