Late winter and early spring can be a hard, hungry time. Winter stores of food are dwindling and gardeners have not start to produce fresh food, yet. Before modern supermarkets, shipping food long distances and freezers, this time of year would have bought empty stomachs. The full Moon of February was called the, ‘Full Hungry Moon’ because of this.
For gardeners in cooler climates, this time of year signals the beginning of the planting season. Here in Philadelphia, sweet peas are planted around the time of the spring equinox, depending on the weather. In the Mid-Atlantic region, now is the time to plant cool weather crops before the weather heats up too much. Weather has changed here in the Philadelphia region. Spring warms up very quickly, now. Any broccoli or cauliflower I plant can quickly go to seed. So, we have to plant cool weather crops as early as possible.
The following foods are ‘in season’, this is the time they are growing and at the peak of production and harvest. Some foods are in peak season in other places and shipped here. An example would be the abundance of citrus fruits grown in our food markets this winter since are in peak season in warmer places like California and Florida.
To learn more about eat seasonally, visit CUESA, to find seasonal chart and what is in season now.
Seasonal Foods for Spring
artichokes, Jerusalem (American native plant)
fiddle head ferns (Ostrich fern – American native plant)
mushrooms – morel, chanterelle, shiitake
onions – spring, visalia
peas – English, sweet, spring, snow
potatoes – new
zucchini blossoms (American native plant)
Leafy Green Vegetables
ramps (American native plant)
shoots – garlic, pea
sprouts – daikon
blueberries (American native plant)
lemons – Meyer
limes – key
oranges – blood, navel
Fish & Seafood
crayfish (American native food)
soft-shell crabs (American native food)
shad (American native food)
chives – garlic