It can't be. April already? Read on and I'll share what happened to my build-in calendar sensors and why they got all out of whack (*wink*). But first the real deal: What is new this month?
- New potatoes,
- Mixed berries, from raspberries, blueberries to blackberries, and
- Cherry or grape tomatoes.
All these gems are joining the produce party this month. A sweet addition of vibrant red, purple and dark blue and softer, more cream colored, tones. [Check out the April Gallery to see what else is (still) In Season].
This post shows up eight days late. I disconnected. Went off-line for an extended weekend and escape with my family to the beautiful nature of South Lake Tahoe. It was not our first trip there but mein lieber Herr Gesangsverein! [German for oh my goodness], what a magical place. The mountain tops were still covered in light fluffy snow while everything around the lake was starting to bloom. Absolutely stunning. So we would spend the morning high up in the white and the afternoon digging our feet into the sand at the beach while looking for shells and enjoying the warming sun.
And back at home in Berkeley we celebrated the start of the spring season with one of the new veggie members - new potatoes. Paired with fresh oven-baked wild salmon, sautéed shiitake mushrooms, and fresh baby spinach salad with cherrie tomatoes and roasted pistachios. Let me know if you want the recipe and I'll send it over. It definitely turned out to be an improvised healthy feast.
There are so many kinds of potatoes out there. I have always wanted to get a better understanding of the different kinds of potatoes there are, their nutritional values, and how to prepare them depending on their type. I found this fantastic online source Potato Goodness. It is full of recipes, hints and tips on how to conquer the natural world of potatoes.
Did you know?
"With just 110 calories, one medium, skin-on potato provides 45% of your daily value of vitamin C and more potassium than a banana."
"There are more than 100 varieties of potatoes sold throughout the U.S.. Each of these varieties fit into one of seven potato type categories: russel, red, white, yellow, blue/ purple, fingerling and petite."
Over one hundred varieties. Mind-blowing. Potato Goodness also features great recipes. I'll let you jump over to their site to explore more. But don't forget to come back.
And berries. I don't need to tell you how good these juicy sweet 'n tangy fruits are. You can add them into your smoothie blends, salads, as toppings on your breakfast oats or in baked goods. Berries' high level of vitamin C, low sugar and high antioxidants make these little vitamin boosters true rockstars.
Happy Spring! Stay tuned for creations this month featuring April produce.