Seasonal Produce Spotlight - Fresh Dish Post from Price Chopper

Seasonal Produce Spotlight

April 11th 2023

The spring and summer months bring more sunshine and longer days, as well as a wealth of bright produce. Did you know that seasonality affects the nutritional profile of fruits and veggies? Incorporate your favorite seasonal selections into recipes for meals that burst with freshness, flavor and health-promoting nutrients. Don’t be afraid to experiment with unfamiliar varieties, too!

Vidalia Onions
Known for their mild, sweet flavor, Vidalia onions supply vitamins B6 and C, as well as prebiotic, gut-nourishing fiber. They are incredibly versatile and excellent for everyday meals, grilling and a variety of other recipes. Their natural sugars caramelize, yielding an irresistible sweet and smoky flavor that’s fabulous when paired with burgers, pizza or steak. To grill, simply brush both sides of 1⁄2-inch-thick onion slices with your favorite marinade or olive oil and seasonings. Then place directly on the grill grates and grill until lightly charred and tender.

Late spring is the perfect time to celebrate the sweet goodness and nutritional value that these juicy gems provide. A one-cup serving of strawberries supplies has more vitamin C than an orange — plus folate, potassium and fiber. Eating just eight a day provides a combination of essential nutrients that benefit the entire body. Use strawberries to boost the flavor of salads, smoothies and dessert.

Arugula is a tender leafy green with a tangy, peppery flavor. It supplies vitamins C and K, folate and calcium, supports bone health and may reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Use it to punch up the flavor of salads, pizza and pasta dishes, as well as soups and sandwiches. It’s also a delicious substitute for basil in pesto.

Pineapple not only offers a sweet-tart profile but it also provides significant amounts of vitamin C, potassium, fiber and manganese. This tropical fruit makes a refreshing snack or sweet addition to salsa, fruit salad and a variety of luscious desserts. Its firm texture helps it stand up to grilling, which is a special treat on its own or when paired with your favorites.


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