10 Spring Fruits and Veggies You Should Try
The top produce items you're probably not buying -- but ought to be
By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
Are you in a fruit and vegetable rut -- you know, buying the same old fruits and vegetables, week in and week out? For me, it's broccoli, baby carrots, zucchini, and spinach that fill my vegetable bin. Then it's apples, oranges, pears, bananas, and grapes for the fruit bowl.
But it's time we all walk on the wild side and try some new spring and summer fruits and vegetables. And I've got 10 great ones for you to start with -- as well as a couple of recipes to use them in.
Don't know how to store or eat them? Don't know how to pick them out in the supermarket? You have no more excuses, because I've also got the answers to those questions for the 10 lucky produce winners.
If you're still not convinced, consider this: Recent studies have shown that eating plenty of produce has been linked to lower rates of heart disease and some types of cancer, and may help lower blood pressure.
1. Mini Watermelons
Who doesn't like watermelons! These are easy to eat, easy to store, and generally have great flavor, too.
You've got to try this new fruit, a hybrid of a plum and an apricot. I liked them even though I'm not crazy about plums.
3. Passion Fruit
This tropical fruit has a jelly-like inside, sweet-tart in flavor, with edible seeds. It gets the ooey-gooey award; you have to eat it with a spoon.
4. Blood Oranges
They look like regular oranges on the outside, but inside are darkly colored and full of flavor.
5. Star Fruit
This fruit gets the award for the most unusual shape! It adds a refreshing tropical flavor to any meal or dish.
6. Sunburst Squash
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