10 Spring Fruits and Veggies You Should Try
The top produce items you're probably not buying -- but ought to be
Are you in a fruit and vegetable rut -- you know, buying the same old fruits
and vegetables, week in and week out? For me, it's broccoli, baby carrots,
zucchini, and spinach that fill my vegetable bin. Then it's apples, oranges,
pears, bananas, and grapes for the fruit bowl.
But it's time we all walk on the wild side and try some new spring and
summer fruits and vegetables. And I've
got 10 great ones for you to start with -- as well as a couple of recipes to use them in.
Don't know how to store or eat them? Don't know how to pick them out in the
supermarket? You have no more excuses, because I've also got the answers to
those questions for the 10 lucky produce winners.
If you're still not convinced, consider this: Recent studies have shown that
eating plenty of produce has been linked to lower rates of heart
disease and some types of cancer, and may help lower blood
1. Mini Watermelons
Who doesn't like watermelons! These are easy to eat, easy to store, and
generally have great flavor, too.
Buying tips: Find firm mini watermelons that feel heavy for
their size, but that yield slightly when you press on them.
How to store: Ripen at room temperature. Once ripe, store cut
or whole mini watermelons in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Nutritional attributes: 2 cups diced mini watermelon contains
20% of the Daily Value for vitamin A and 25% for vitamin C, according to data
from Melissa's Produce.
Eating/cooking/serving tips: Use wedges or half slices to
garnish plates. Or serve fruit salad in a hollowed-out mini watermelon half.
Serve cubes or balls alone as a side dish, or in a fruit salad or fruit
You've got to try this new fruit, a hybrid of a plum and an apricot. I liked
them even though I'm not crazy about plums.
Buying tips: They are ripe when they give under gentle
Best way to store: To ripen pluots, keep at 65-70
Nutritional attributes: Nutritional information was not yet
available for this new variety.
Eating/cooking tips: Anywhere you would eat and serve plums or
apricots, have these instead!
3. Passion Fruit
This tropical fruit has a jelly-like inside, sweet-tart in flavor, with
edible seeds. It gets the ooey-gooey award; you have to eat it with a
Buying tips: A ripe passion fruit has a wrinkled outer shell.
Look for fruit that is full of color and fragrance.
Best way to store: If the skin is still smooth, ripen at room
temperature, turning occasionally. Refrigerate ripe fruit in a plastic bag and
use within three days, or freeze it.
Nutritional attributes: 4 pieces of passion fruit (2 1/2
ounces) contain 8 grams of fiber, 10% Daily Value for vitamin A, and 35% for
Eating/cooking tips: Cut the fruit in half and scoop out the
edible pulp and seeds with a spoon. You can use as an ingredient in a smoothie,
or in a sauce or filling.