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Discover the best seasonal produce to add to your March menu. This March produce guide will have you thinking spring thanks to seasonal recipes using tropical fruit, leafy greens, root vegetables, and more.
It’s not quite farmers market season in most parts of the country, but the early signs of spring are beginning to sprout. Every fruit and vegetable has a season, and what’s in season in March is a delicious array of versatile staple ingredients.
Since seasonal produce is fresher and more affordable, the March fruits and vegetables here will be a treat for your budget and your taste buds. So for your next round of meal prep or for inspiration for recipes perfect for everything from breakfast to dinner to party time, consider stocking up on these fresh fruits and vegetables during your next supermarket run.
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What’s in season in March?
- Tropical fruits and citrus: Can’t make a spring break trip a reality this year? Luckily, what’s in season in March can offer a taste of island flair right at home. Pineapple, kiwi, oranges, and tangelos are dreamy in cocktails, smoothies, fruit salads, desserts, and so much more.
- Cruciferous vegetables: Also known as brassicas, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower are versatile and cancer risk-reducing ingredients all in one affordable package. From stews to pastas to some of the trendiest side dishes in America, these vegetables can please even those who claim they’re veggie-averse.
- Spring greens and “daisy” family vegetables: While it’s the back end of kale and cabbage season, leafy greens like spinach, Swiss chard, and arugula are popping up in early spring. You’ll also find artichokes (which are technically thistles) and tender stems of asparagus.
- Root vegetables: Oh-so-springy crisp radishes, white-fleshed turnips, pale yellow parsnips, and yellow-orange rutabagas are at their prime in March. Enjoy radishes scooped into butter or dip, or slice and sprinkle them into salads. Try the others in everything from mashes to stews to casseroles and beyond.
The Best Fruits and Vegetables to Eat in March
Consider this your essential produce section shopping list for the month.
Tropical and Citrus Fruit Recipes
Get your fresh fruit fix with this collection of seasonal March recipes that star naturally sweet fruits like pineapple, kiwi, and oranges. There are also plenty of lemons, limes, and grapefruit too.
Cruciferous Vegetable Recipes
No need to hide the vegetables when they’re this delicious! These easy spring recipes for broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts will have everyone asking for seconds.
Leafy Green and Early Spring Vegetable Recipes
This time of year, hearty spring lettuces such as spinach, arugula, and Swiss chard are popping up in full fource The unique vegetable recipes below prove that it’s great for so much more than a side salad (not that there’s anything wrong with those, though!). And don’t miss my asparagus and artichoke recipes, too!
Root Vegetable Recipes
For a snack, side dish, or entree that will please the entire family while cleaning out the crisper drawer, consider these seasonal recipes featuring leeks, parsnips, turnips, radishes, and rutabagas.
Meggan Hill is the Executive Chef and CEO of Culinary Hill, a popular digital publication in the food space. She loves to combine her Midwestern food memories with her culinary school education to create her own delicious take on modern family fare. Millions of readers visit Culinary Hill each month for meticulously-tested recipes as well as skills and tricks for ingredient prep, cooking ahead, menu planning, and entertaining. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the iCUE Culinary Arts program at College of the Canyons.