Foods in Season: April

april produce

Some of the fruits and vegetables that are in season for April include:

  • Artichokes
  • Arugula (Rocket)
  • Asparagus
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Chicory
  • Chives
  • Dandelion greens
  • Fava Beans
  • Fiddlehead Fern
  • Horseradish
  • Leeks (end of season)
  • Lettuce (leaf and head)
  • Limes
  • Morel Mushrooms
  • Oranges
  • Papayas
  • Peas
  • Ramps
  • Rhubarb
  • Shallots
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Onions
  • Turnips
  • Watercress

October Seasonal Produce

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It’s always best to shop for foods that are in season. Go crazy on all these delicious foods that are at their peak in October!

Beets
Blackberries
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Butter lettuce
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Chicory
Collard greens
Corn
Cranberries
Cucumbers
Dates
Eggplant
Figs
Grapes
Kale
Melon
Peaches
Pears
Peppers
Persimmons
Plums
Pomegranates
Potatoes
Pumpkins
Raspberries
Sweet potatoes
Tangerines
Tomatillos
Tomatoes
Watermelon
Winter squash

Blueberry Muffins

 

blueberry muffins

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Position rack in the middle of oven. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray the top of a muffin pan with non-stick coating, and line with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, 1 1/4 cups sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Mix together 1 3/4 cup of the flour and baking powder. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk, mixing just until incorporated. Crush 1/4 of the blueberries, and stir into the batter. Mix the rest of the whole blueberries with the remaining 1/4 cup of the flour, and fold into the batter. Scoop into muffin cups. Sprinkle tops lightly with sugar.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until golden brown, and tops spring back when lightly tapped.

Originally shared on AllRecipes.

Health Benefits of Garlic

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Reader’s Digest shares their insight into the health benefits of garlic.

Grow beautiful hair with garlic.
Garlic could end your hair loss problems because of its high levels of allicin, a sulfur compound similar to that found in onions, which were found to effectively treat hair loss. Rub sliced cloves of garlic on your scalp, squeezing as you go for the most benefit. You can also infuse oil with garlic and massage it into your scalp.

Garlic clears acne.
It might not be a main ingredient in your drugstore acne medication, but garlic makes a great natural remedy to banish unsightly blemishes. Its antioxidants kill bacteria, so rub a sliced clove of garlic on the pimple for an effective topical treatment.

Garlic prevents and treats colds.
Packed with antioxidants, a daily dose of garlic in your recipes could benefit your immune system. If a cold does sneak by, try sipping garlic tea: steep chopped or minced garlic in hot water for several minutes, then strain and drink. You can add a bit of honey or ginger to improve the taste.

Soothe psoriasis with garlic.
Since garlic has proven anti-inflammatory properties, it could be useful in relieving uncomfortable psoriasis outbreaks. Try rubbing a little garlic oil on the affected area for smooth, rash-free skin.

Control your weight with garlic.
Garlic could help you control your weight, according to nutritionist Cynthia Sass, who cites a study that showed mice eating a garlic-rich diet reduced their weight and fat stores. To take advantage of this benefit, try to cook with garlic daily.

Remove a splinter with garlic.
Placing a slice of garlic over the sliver and covering it with a bandage or duct tape has been a folk cure for years. As natural remedies gain in popularity, current bloggers swear this one works.

Treat athlete’s foot with garlic.
With its anti-fungal properties, some people swear that a benefit of garlic is its ability to relieve itchy athlete’s foot. Soak your feet in a bath of warm water and crushed garlic.

Keep away mosquitoes with garlic.
Scientists aren’t sure why, but mosquitoes don’t seem to like garlic. One study in India found that people who rubbed a garlicky concoction on their arms and legs weren’t bothered by the pesky buggers. Make a solution of garlic oil, petroleum jelly, and beeswax for a natural repellant or place cloves of garlic nearby.

Garlic conquers cold sores.
A popular cold sore home remedy involves holding a bit of crushed garlic directly on the cold sore; its natural anti-inflammatory properties could help reduce pain and swelling. Garlic supplements may also speed up the healing process, according to ecosalon.com.

Garlic works as a natural glue.
Have you ever noticed how sticky your fingers get after chopping garlic? That natural adhesive quality is why some people use garlic to fix hairline cracks in glass. Crush some cloves and rub the juice on the crack, wiping away any excess.
De-ice your sidewalk with garlic.
A town in Iowa used donated garlic salt to remove ice from roadways. Next time you stumble on old garlic salt in the back of your spice cabinet, save it for an icy walkway.

Protect plants with garlic.
Garden pests don’t like garlic, so make a natural pesticide using garlic, mineral oil, water, and liquid soap. Pour into a spray bottle and mist your plants to keep away destructive critters.

Catch more fish with garlic.
Fish are so attracted to the scent of garlic that you can buy bait with the smell built in. Or, get this benefit by making your own using food scraps and, of course, plenty of cloves.

April Foods

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Cooking with the seasons means choosing fruits and vegetables that are at the peak of freshness and flavor. Buying locally grown produce is the best: local produce is less likely to be damaged, uses less energy to transport, ripens more naturally and you support your local economy.

Some of the fruits and vegetables that are in season for April include:

  • Artichokes
  • Arugula (Rocket)
  • Asparagus
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Chicory
  • Chives
  • Dandelion greens
  • Fava Beans
  • Fiddlehead Fern
  • Horseradish
  • Leeks (end of season)
  • Lettuce (leaf and head)
  • Limes
  • Morel Mushrooms
  • Oranges
  • Papayas
  • Peas
  • Ramps
  • Rhubarb
  • Shallots
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Onions
  • Turnips
  • Watercress

From About.com

Seasonal Foods: October

Photo via IStockPhoto

Photo via IStockPhoto

Woman’s Day shows us which foods to eat in the month of October.

Grocery shopping is already a pretty time consuming task, but not knowing what to buy when you get there can be overwhelming and pricey. However, purchasing seasonal foods is a healthy and cost effective way to approach food shopping. Grocery stores tend to stock up on these items in bulk because they are plentiful, making them less expensive for you—especially when they go on sale. So at the beginning of each month, WomansDay.com will let you know which seasonal foods should be on your grocery list—making your weekly trip to the store easier on you (and your wallet).

Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables for October:

Apples
Beets
Blackberries
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Butter lettuce
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Chicory
Collard greens
Corn
Cranberries
Cucumbers
Dates
Eggplant
Figs
Grapes
Kale
Melon
Peaches
Pears
Peppers
Persimmons
Plums
Pomegranates
Potatoes
Pumpkins
Raspberries
Sweet potatoes
Tangerines
Tomatillos
Tomatoes
Watermelon
Winter squash

How to Shop like a Chef in your Neighborhood

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Using fresh ingredients is key to creating seasonally rich meals. There are green markets throughout the five boroughs that offer the freshest produce you can find.Below are the top markets throughout the city where you can find the ingredients for your meals, just as the Chef’s of NYC do:

  • The Sunnyside Greenmarket– From seafood to honey to fresh bread to wine, this farmers market has a bit of everything.
    Saturday 8am-3pm- Skillman Ave btwn 42 & 43 Street, Queens, NY- Website
  • Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Terminal Greenmarket– This is the good to market when the weather is not on your side. You’ll be able to find everything you need in NYC’s first indoor Greenmarket. This location often has activities and cooking demonstrations too!
    Tuesday & Friday 8am-7pm.- 4 South Street- Website
  • Fulton Stall Market– This market will be expanded last year and it is better than ever. Just one exciting vendor within the line up boasts 19 varieties of cooking greens!
    Sunday 10am-4pm– South Street between Peck Slip and Rive St., under the awning of the Fulton market Building, New York, NY- Website
  • Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket– This is the second-largest location in the Greenmarket circuit and it is sure to delight anyone looking for fresh goods and produce.
    Saturday 8am-4pm– Prospect Park West & Flatbush Ave- Website
  • Park Slope Farmer’s Market– Take a peek at the market’s website before heading out for the day for a list of vendors that will be selling!
    Sunday 11am-5pm– 5th Ave. and 4th St., Brooklyn, NY- Website
  • Eagle Street Rooftop Farm– Since May is leaf season, so now is the perfect time to buy some mustard greens, lettuces, and various radishes. You can also find a great fresh selection of herbs like chives, sage and oregano.
    Sundays 9am-4pm– 44 Eagle St., Brooklyn, NY- Website 
  • Union Square Greenmarket– This year round market features 140 regional farmers, fisherman, and bakers.
    Friday & Saturday 8am-6pm– 17th St. from Broadway to Park Ave. South, New York, NY- Website

Happy shopping!