Spring's earliest produce can bring both elation and puzzlement. After months of lumpy storage vegetables and produce shipped from afar, verdant greens and tender roots are a welcome shift. But spring's first offerings aren't for the faint of heart – from spicy radishes to punchy greens to pungent alliums, early spring produce can prove tough to tame.
I've found that the best way to savor these first shoots and roots is to celebrate the season's assertive and uniquely green palate. To help, I have a few guidelines I turn to again and again to make the most of the season's early bounty.