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Early Harvest Plants

May is one of my favourite months of the year! Not only am I excited for warmer weather, more sunshine and the soon arrival of summer. I most look forward to the early harvest. Late spring and early summer provide the first taste of the season. I especially love the fresh asparagus, strawberries, rhubarb and cucumber available.

One of my personal food values is to cook with what is in season. I like how Foodland Ontario provides a comprehensive list of what is in season each month. For the month of May, the following are in season either from the garden or greenhouse (as marked with a *):

  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries
  • Asparagus
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce*
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Peppers*
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Rutabaga
  • Spinach
  • Sprouts
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes*

At this time of year, I particularly enjoy making strawberry rhubarb pie, grilled or roasted asparagus, any type of salad (spring bounty chopped salad) and of course any recipe involving sweet potatoes is must! I can’t wait to try these Cajun sweet potato fingers with chili mayonnaise.

Be sure to check out Ontario.ca/Foodland for more recipes and information!

What dishes do you enjoy making using the early harvest? We’d love to know! Please leave us a comment below.

Sources:

Availability guide. (2013). Ontario.ca. Retrieved 8 February 2017, from https://www.ontario.ca/foodland/page/availability-guide

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