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Have a Spring Produce Fling!

Make the best of the season's bounty with these tips and yummy recipes
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They're harvested in June in California; in July in Oregon; and in June and July in Washington.

One cup has 90 calories, 3 grams fiber, and 15% Daily Value for vitamin C.

Tips to try:

  • Keep cherries refrigerated and be gentle with them; they bruise easily.
  • Cherries add color and texture to fruit salads and green salads.
  • You can add cherries to smoothies, too!


In the United States, grapes are grown in California, where peak season runs from June-November.

One-and-a-half cup of grapes have 90 calories, 1 gram of fiber, and 25% Daily Value for vitamin C.

Tips to try:

  • Keep grapes refrigerated and wash them just before serving.
  • Make fruit kabobs by stringing grapes and other fruits onto a skewers or bamboo sticks.


In California, the peak season runs from January through June.

One orange contains 70 calories, 7 grams fiber, 130% Daily Value for vitamin C, and 6% for calcium.

Tips to try:

  • Refrigerate ripe oranges for a refreshing, chilled snack.
  • Perk up green salads by adding orange segments


Grown in Hawaii; the peak season is March-July.

One-half papaya has 70 calories, 2 grams fiber, 150% Daily Value for vitamin C, 8% for vitamin A, and 10% for folate.

Tips to try:

  • Let papayas ripen on the countertop.
  • Papayas are ready to eat when their peel is about 75% yellow to yellow-orange in color.
  • Add papaya to smoothies, fruit salads, green salads, chicken salads, etc.


California's peak watermelon season is May-October; Florida's is May-June; Georgia's is in July; and Texas' is in September.

Two cups of diced watermelon has 80 calories, 2 grams of fiber, 25% Daily Value for vitamin C, and 20% for vitamin A.

Tips to try:

  • Wash watermelons in water before cutting. Once you cut a watermelon, store it in the refrigerator.
  • One indicator of ripeness is a yellowish underside where the melon touched the ground when it grew.
  • Chilled, cut watermelon is a refreshing snack. Watermelon also adds crunch to fruit salads. You can even make a watermelon freeze with watermelon, crushed ice, and a blender.

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