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What's in Season: Fruit Edition
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What's in Season: Fruit Edition

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A chef is only as good as his or her ingredients, and although you can find most fruits and vegetables year-round from frozen, canned, or dried produce, it just isn’t the same. Having fresh fruit that’s at the peak of its season just tastes better. As May rolls around, many spring fruits are at their prime time of year. Why not take a trip to your local farmers market to see (and taste) for yourself the beauty of harvesting fresh seasonal produce? Here is some of my favorite produce that’s at its best in spring (especially May), paired with some recipes that you absolute have to try.

Nectarine

Spring desserts are just begging for nectarines (or peaches, they’re actually very similar!). Crisps and pies and cakes and cobblers with delicious and refreshing nectarines are always a sure hit. Then again, they’re so succulent on their own it’s hard to get around cooking them, but Honestly Yum’s Nectarine Salad might just be worth the effort. Taste's as good as it looks!

Image via Honestlyyum

What you will need

Nectarines/Heirloom Tomatoes/Buffalo Mozzarella/Basil/Prosciutto/Lettuce/Olive Oil/Balsamic Vinegar

Check out the full recipe here!

Apricot

Biting into a fresh, juicy apricot is like taking a bite of sunshine. Apricots are only at the peak of their season for a brief time, so be sure to take advantage of these opportune moments! So many recipes pair well with this sweet and tangy fruit like tabbouleh, salad, buckle, and more. You could even save your leftover apricots to dry and keep around for a yummy snack! Or spice up your evening with La Crème de la Crumb’s spicy apricot chicken, a sure favorite come dinnertime.

Image via LaCrèmedelaCrumb

What you will need

Chicken Breast/Egg/Panko/Garlic Powder/Salt/Crushed Red Pepper/Apricots

Check out the full recipe here!

Blueberries are the perfect finger-food snack for a sunny day. Get them while they’re at their plumpest and bluest this May, and try your hand at some blueberry dishes. Sure, there are the classic dishes like blueberry muffins, pie, pancakes, and crisp, but have you tried your hand at blueberry baked oatmeal? Not only is this a delicious and healthy breakfast option, it’s sweet enough that you might just find yourself stealing a bite for dessert. This recipe from So, How’s It Taste will definitely give you a newfound appreciation for oatmeal.  

Image via Sohowittaste

What you will need

Rolled Oats/Walnuts/Baking Powder/Ground Cinnamon/Salt/Maple Syrup/Milk/Egg/

Unsalted Butter/Vanilla Extract/Bananas/Blueberries

Check out the full recipe here!

Rhubarb

Technically, rhubarb’s a vegetable—did you know? But since nearly everybody uses rhubarb as a fruit while cooking, it just makes more sense to include it here. Why not celebrate the early signs of summer with a mouthwatering, delectable homemade rhubarb crisp? Here’s one of my favorite recipes for this classic dessert everyone’s bound to love from Sugar & Spice by Celeste.

Image via Sugarandspice

What you will need

Rhubarb/Stawberries/Sugar/All-purpose Flour/Rolled Oats/Brown Sugar/Ground Cinnamon/Salt/Unsalted Butter

Check out the full recipe here!

I hope you take full advantage of these delicious in-season fruits, whether it be to eat fresh and whole or to create a scrumptious springtime treat. What are some of your other favorite springtime fruits? Do you have any recipes you recommend? Share with us in the comments below!

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