5 spring vegetables every home chef needs

By / Food / April 30th, 2020 / 19
Spring vegetables

Each fruit and vegetable comes into season at a different time. While it may not feel like it, spring is upon us, and here are the vegetables that are going to be at their best in the upcoming months. Make sure to get your hands on some of these for some flavour-filled, perfectly ripe spring vegetables to incorporate into your recipes.

Scallions

If you’re not already incorporating scallions into all kinds of dishes, then you’re missing out. They’re not as poignant as red or yellow onion, making them perfect for some extra flavour that isn’t too overpowering. Scallions are great in pretty much any kind of recipe from soups to Asian-inspired dishes. Considering their versatility, you’ll definitely want to make the most of them while they’re in season!

Asparagus

I’m a bit biased here, as asparagus is a personal favourite vegetable of mine. However, it is at its best this time of year, so even if you haven’t used much of it before, this is the perfect time to start. I love them because they’re so versatile. Bake them in the oven, cook them on the grill or even fry them in a pan with some olive oil. In these times where grocery shopping in bulk is necessary, these are the perfect in-season vegetable. You can ensure that it never gets boring by preparing it in a variety of different ways and seeing which your family likes best!

Kale

Most people either love it or hate it. Regardless, you can’t deny that it’s great for the sheer fact that it is packed with all kinds of nutrients. While most of us are in quarantine, it’s always good to get an extra boost of nutrients to keep us healthy. A great activity to keep busy while you’re stuck indoors is making kale chips! They’re healthy, easy to make, and with enough seasoning, I’m sure even the most particular food critics will admit that they’re pretty tasty.

Sugar snap peas

When they aren’t in season, sugar snap peas can have an awfully bitter taste. Thankfully, this is their prime season, so you don’t have to worry about that now! Whether you want to serve them on a vegetable platter with some dip or cook them as a side dish for dinner, the options are really endless. One of my favourite things to do while they’re in season is to add them to my stir-fry dishes for a little extra crunch and nutrients.

Artichokes

I’ve always been hesitant to cook with fresh artichokes because honestly, I used to have no idea what to do with them. But while they’re in season, I might as well change it up and use the fresh variety as opposed to the canned ones! Use the hearts in a spinach dip, fry it up after steaming it, there’s a ton of ways to cook them that prove they’re not as intimidating as they may initially seem. If you’re still in need of some help with what to do with your artichokes, check out another article of ours for some tips and recipes!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alexa Nadeau is an English student at McGill University. Most of the time you can find her writing, whether it’s for academic or freelance purposes. If not, then she’s most definitely continuing her food tour of Montreal’s best restaurants.

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