This produce guide explores what's in season in March to help you be successful in the kitchen. It starts with an infographic that tells you how to pick and store seasonal produce.
Each fruit and vegetable also has its own guide with all sorts of useful information. For example, the artichoke guide includes a 1:30 minute video from Martha Stewart on how to prepare them.
Lastly, recipes. The recipes on this page use only ingredients that are available this month. This includes fruits & vegetables that are currently in-season, as well as produce that's available at good quality all year. While none of us cook exclusively with seasonal ingredients every day of the year, this is the perfect place to find recipes that do.
What's available year-round?
Fruits: Avocados, lemons & Limes
Vegetables: Beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, fennel, garlic, herbs, mushrooms, onion-family, potatoes, radishes, sweet potatoes, turnips, salad greens and herbs.
A note about fruit quality
Citrus fruits don't get sweeter after they are picked from the tree, so it's important to find a source that sells tree-ripened fruit when possible. That's also why they taste better when they are in-season.
However, kiwi are like bananas: they can be picked well before they are ripe and still sweeten afterwards. While the flavor of a vine-ripened kiwi is better, they can still be pretty good (like a banana) after ripening on your counter.
Each recipe has been reviewed to make sure the ingredients are all in season for March.
Baked, stuffed artichokes - recipe on Simply Recipes
If you're new to stuffing artichokes, this recipe has great instructions with a lot of helpful pictures. It takes 25 minutes to prep (including making homemade breadcrumbs), and then they bake in the oven.
Get more information & recipes for artichokes.
Asparagus tart - recipe by The Petite Cook
This tart uses store-bought puff pastry dough, mixes cheese with herbs, and is topped with asparagus. Ready in 30 minutes, including baking time.
Get more info & recipes for asparagus.
Asparagus Caesar salad with quail eggs - recipe by Cooking LSL
Don't have quail eggs? Regular ones will work just fine. Get more info & recipes for asparagus.
Brown butter brussels sprouts pasta with hazelnuts - recipe by Two Peas & Their Pod
Get more information & recipes for brussels sprouts.
Grilled celeriac with white bean puree - recipe by Naturally Ella
Get more information and recipes for celeriac (celery root).
Cream of celery soup - recipe by Forest and Fauna
Get more information and recipes for celery.
Cashew chicken with couscous and grapefruit - recipe on Foxes Love Lemons
Get more information and recipes on grapefruit.
Seared scallops with grapefruit and avocados - recipe on The Wooden Skillet
Bonus recipes that we all need - desserts and cocktails
Vanilla cupcakes with kiwi buttercream frosting - recipe by The First Year
Get more information & recipes for kiwi.
Parsnip spice cake with maple pecan buttercream - recipe by Dishing up the Dirt
Spring parsnips tend to be sweeter than ones from fall, so this might be a fun new replacement for a spring carrot cake. Get more info & recipes for parsnips.
Clementine creamsicle margaritas with chili salt - recipe by Yes to Yolks
Get more information & recipes for clementines (mandarins).
Let's hear from you
Do you get in a cooking rut by the end of winter? Where do you find inspiration to get out of it?
Also let me know if you can't wait to make one of these recipes, or have a favorite to share that isn't in my list yet. Leave a comment below.