At The Original Farmers Market, Los Angeles, we think nothing in the world tastes better than fresh-picked fruits and veggies, especially those that have matured right here under the California sun.
If, like us, you prefer to buy your fruits and veggies when they are the freshest off the farm, here’s an insider’s guide to the best fruits and veggies available in May.
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As spring blossoms into summer, we love nothing more than diving into a tasty bunch of grapes. It’s such a healthy little snack—one cup of grapes has just 100 calories and provides more than a quarter of the daily recommended Vitamin K and Vitamin C. Healthy as they are, this tiny fruit can also be incredibly versatile. Technically a member of the berry family, grapes can be sun-dried into our favorite dancing snack, the California raisin, and of course, they can be stomped, juiced and pressed into glorious California wine.
Whether you prefer them green, purple, seedless, frozen or in a glass, you can rest assured that the grapes you’re eating were most likely grown in California. In fact, 99% of all of the nation’s commercially grown grapes are grown right here in the Golden State. The state produced a whopping 115 million boxes of grapes just last year.
Special Treat: While we know grapes can be a healthy snack, if you like them drizzled in chocolate and served with a dollop of whipped cream, you might want to try the Tropical Crepe at The French Crepe Co. Stuffed with papaya, kiwi, mango, grapes, bananas and strawberries too, eating this sweet dessert is almost like taking a mini tropical vacation.
Plums, too, predominantly hail from California. More than half of all known varieties are grown in the central and northern parts of the state.
Packed with healthy benefits, one plum contains about 113 mg of potassium, which helps manage high blood pressure and also helps reduce the risk of stroke. High in antioxidants, plums are said to help protect against cancer and because they have a low glycemic index, they also help control your blood sugar and reduce the risk of diabetes.
Special Treat: A jar of Mr. Marcel Gourmet Market’s own home-blended Old Fashioned Plum Butter is a tasty way to spread summer onto your favorite slice of bread. But don’t stop there. You can also blend the plum butter into your favorite sauce or use it to glaze your favorite cut of meat.
As we start to think about picnics and barbecues, we can’t help envisioning eating white corn, fresh from the cob, as the juices drip down our chin.
Corn is almost as American as the proverbial apple pie. In fact, in our nation’s earliest days, corn was so valuable, many North American settlers used it as currency and traded it for meat and furs.
Although everyone knows that Iowa is the largest corn-producing state, many don’t know that California is the country’s second-largest corn producer, generating a healthy 16 percent of the entire nation’s crop.
Because corn is (relatively) high in starch, it sometimes gets a bad rep as not being healthy, but corn is low in calories, high in fiber and it contains Vitamin B, Vitamin C, as well as magnesium and potassium. It is also high in two types of antioxidants, which are said to be good for eye health.
Special Treat: There are so many ways to eat corn at Farmers Market, it’s almost hard to know where to start. You can eat it boiled, steamed, fried, baked and popped, but one of our secret “guilty-pleasure” snacks is the famed cornbread over at The Gumbo Pot. Served alongside a steaming bowl of gumbo while listening to live music on the West Patio, we just can’t think of a finer way to spend a summer night.
Seasonal Veggies Harvested in May
Artichokes, Arugula, Asparagus, Avocado, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Corn, Cucumbers, Horseradish, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Onions, Parsnips, Peas, Potatoes, Radishes, Rhubarb, Spinach, Zucchini
Seasonal Fruits Harvested in May
Apricots, Blood Oranges, Guava, Lemons, Oranges, Peaches, Strawberries
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