What Is In Season Now? May

May and Garden Month can be slightly agonizing. All these growing things, but nothing to show for it yet. What can we eat now? Here is a brief list of in-season fruits and vegetables that we enjoy this time of year. This is tailored to the Northeast and Midwest; check out our farmer's market reports for more snapshots of what's in season close to you.

The list of in-season items in most of the country is limited - this ain't August or September. But the things sprouting out of the ground are all delicious and some of our favorite seasonal treasures.

What's in Season? May
• Asparagus
• Cabbage
• Bitter greens: Collards, kale, mustard, turnip
• Leafy greens and lettuce
• Radishes
• Rhubarb
• Spinach
• Strawberries

Greens, greens, greens! Hurray! We've been waiting for fresh greens all winter.

As you can see, many of these foods really only come once a year; strawberries are not much good out of season, and rhubarb is simply not found other times of year. So take advantage of it now and cook and eat your seasonal fruits and vegetables. Here are a few favorite recipes that take advantage of these things.

Spring Radishes Braised with Shallots and Vinegar
Fresh Tuna and Radish Salad with Wasabi Dressing - Made with Kona Blue sea-friendly tuna!
Easy Braised Collard Greens with Bacon

What are you eating and cooking where you're at, and what kind of local produce are you seeing right now?

(Images: Flickr members Gaetan Lee and Lina N., both licensed under Creative Commons; and Faith Hopler for The Kitchn)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.