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
• Bitter greens: Collards, kale, mustard, turnip
• Leafy greens and lettuce
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)