Our Favorite Fruits for Spring 2020

Take a cue from spring itself and use the season to thaw out your menu with some springtime fruits! The season lies at an interesting crossroads between winter citrus and summer berries, offering some delicious fruits that you should definitely keep your eyes on. Here are a few of our favorites.

Avocados

We don’t need to tell you that avocados are one of the most popular fruits out there, but we’ll happily drop a reminder that their peak season ramps up during the springtime. That means fresh guacamole, stellar school salad bars, and trendy poke bowls are better than ever. 

  • Seasonality: February-April, August-October
  • Favorite Varieties: Hass, Fuerte, Choquette
  • Try Cooking: Avocado Cobb Salad

Boysenberries

Once the mad dash for boysenberries begins every April, you know for a fact that spring is in full effect. Make sure to take advantage of boysenberries’ sweet/tart flavor and juicy texture before their unfairly short season is up. Use these selection and storage guidelines to ensure your berries stay at the top of their game.  

  • Seasonality: April-June
  • Favorite Varieties: Brûlée, Thornless 
  • Try Cooking: Boysenberry Pie

Feijoas

Often referred to as “pineapple guavas,” feijoas are a truly special part of the season. The fruit is rewardingly complex; simultaneously balancing pineapple, guava, strawberry, and lemon flavor notes to create a one of a kind eating experience. No matter what you do, don’t sleep on this one. 

  • Seasonality: March-June, September-December
  • Favorite Varieties: Andre, Mammoth, Triumph
  • Try Cooking: Feijoa Spring Salad

Kumquat

Kumquats start picking up speed in the early winter and luckily, they don’t run out of gas in the spring. This citrus fruit is a welcome substitution if you’re tired of the heavyweights; kumquats are truly unlike other citrus fruits because they start with a subtle sweetness and finish things off with a powerful blast of tartness. For an intriguing dish, try substituting them into citrus forward dishes like orange chicken or orange creamsicles! 

Nectarines

Although nectarines are normally associated with summer, their peak season actually begins in the middle of spring! Lucky for us, we can start utilizing the rich floral-ness of nectarines to get a head start on light cocktails and mouthwatering appetizers.

  • Seasonality: April-August
  • Favorite Varieties: Flavortop, Sunglo, Heavenly White
  • Try Cooking: Nectarine Crostini