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In Season Now: The Freshest Fruits And Vegetables For March

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shutterstock_106006103As winter morphs slowly and sporadically into spring, we can finally expect a bit more variety in our peak-season produce—thank goodness. Nothing against tubers and tangelos, but I'm longing for something other than citrus, apples and root veggies right now.

Because March weather can vary so drastically across the United States, it's hard to say comprehensively what's “in season” (in some areas, the answer to that is still “very little”). Suffice to say, North Dakota is not currently producing fresh peas. But somewhere across this vast country, someone is—along with spring salad greens, carrots and strawberries. Take a look at the lists below for a general guide to March's bounty.

On-the-way in: 

  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Morel and other wild mushrooms
  • Peas and pea greens
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries

Peak season: 

  • Artichoke
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Collard greens
  • Fennel
  • Grapefruit
  • Green garlic
  • Leeks
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Navel oranges
  • Raddichio

On-the-way out: 

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Celeriac/celery root
  • Celery
  • Kiwi
  • Kumquat
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Parsnips
  • Rutabagas
  • Sunchokes
  • Tangerines
  • Turnips
  • Watercress
  • Winter squash

For a region by American region breakdown, see here.