Spring Produce at Morton Williams: MARCH ON!
Updated: Apr 11, 2019
From immune boosting citrus fruits to beautiful crunchy carrots, March is full of HEALTHY new fruits and vegetables. The recipe ideas begin to churn and the thought of raw foods and grilling inspire all to eat fresh and seasonal throughout the month MARCH and onward into spring.
March is a time when we start to see these super colorful fruits and veggies hit our produce section. You'll also being to see these ingredients in our chef prepared foods. Smart shopping is smart in every season, especially spring when we get excited about being outdoors and cooking.
A quick intro into spring at the market from thespruceeasts.com
An easy way to save on fruits and vegetables is to buy what's in season when they are at their most plentiful. And there's a bonus that money can't buy when you follow this strategy: Fruits and vegetables always taste better when they are in season. Our produce section is carefully managed to ensure our fruits and vegetables are at peek ripeness. Still, offering locally grown foods is a specialty here at Morton Williams. And when it's in season and local, good things and deals happen!
Early spring changes up the season list in season items to include artichokes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, parsnips, pineapples, radishes, rutabagas, asparagus, and turnips.
Talk about intimidating. Diving into those prickly leaves can lead to poked fingers and plenty of frustration. But when you bother to take that dive you are rewarded with a very nutty, lightly tannic, utterly delicious result.
When shopping mushrooms, always look for bright, unblemished mushrooms and store them in paper bags (no plastic! they'll get mushy!). Use within a few days of buying. For longer storage, consider drying them.
Cultivated mushrooms can be brushed clean with a mushroom brush or dry paper towel. For mushrooms that need a bit more of a clean, a quick swish or rinse in water and immediately laying them out on a clean kitchen towel or layers of paper towels is the way to go. Never wash mushrooms ahead of time—clean them right before using them.
Asparagus is lovely with lemon and mint. Shaved asparagus is great in salads and roasted asparagus makes a perfect springtime side dish. This springtime treat is super easy to steam and roast in the kitchen or on the grill. Yes, we said grill - it's spring!