April showers bring more than just May flowers – they also bring a wide range of fresh, delicious produce to the grocery store! Up this month on the seasonal food chart are tender veggies like asparagus and peas, as well as bright citrus. When your farmers’ market opens up for the year, be on the lookout for these seasonal foods. Asparagus When you start spotting pencil-thin asparagus in your local grocery store, you’ll know that spring has officially sprung. When it’s at its seasonal best, asparagus will be thin, tender, and impossibly fresh. Roast it with a drizzle of olive oil or throw it on the grill with your first burgers of the season. Leeks If you like garlic and scallions, then you’ll love leeks. Leeks are unfamiliar to many home cooks, but are actually very easy to work with. Simply rinse them thoroughly and thinly slice the white portion of the stalk. You can then sauté them in a little oil and use them as you would onions or garlic. They add a great depth of flavor to soups, stir fries, and salads. Peas If you’ve only ever had canned or frozen peas, then you’re really missing out on one of spring’s best vegetables. If you’re a fan of raw veggies, pick up a pint of sugar snap peas. They’re sweet, crunchy, and can be enjoyed pod and all. Snow peas are another great choice, and are perfect for adding to stir fries and other Asian dishes (they don’t require shelling, either). Lemons A squeeze of lemon juice will brighten up almost any dish, and April is the perfect time to start adding it to your culinary repertoire. Toss fresh spring veggies with lemon juice, or enjoy it in a hot mug of water as a detoxifying morning drink. Morel mushrooms Maybe you’d prefer to skip the grocery store and farmers’ market altogether and head straight to the source. If you’re interested in foraging for your own seasonal foods, go on the hunt for morel mushrooms. These earthy gems start popping up everywhere in the spring, and are especially prevalent after warm spring showers. So pull on your rain boots and start searching! Fiddleheads While you’re foraging for morels, be on the lookout for fiddleheads. These strange-looking swirly vegetables are only available for a small window of time, making them all the more special to cook with and enjoy. They also happen to be a good source of vitamins A and C. Whether you’re shopping at the store or foraging for your own produce, these seasonal foods are the freshest ones available right now!