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asparagus, spinach and strawberries arranged on a plate

It’s spring! The weather is starting to warm up, and outdoor farmer’s markets are preparing to open. Whether you shop at the grocery store or from a local market, spring provides many great options for produce. During the spring season, strawberries, radishes, asparagus, and spinach are just a few produce items that start to make an appearance. Knowing what is in season has benefits: not only does fresh, locally grown produce taste good, purchasing seasonal items is a great way to save money.

Springtime is often seen as a time of renewal. What a great opportunity to try a new recipe that features spring produce! Many dishes that feature spring produce are light, bright, and vibrant, such as the spinach strawberry salad displayed in the video below.

If you’re not a salad fan and would prefer alternate ideas for using spinach and strawberries in your spring cooking, check out these suggestions to Make a Fresh Start with Spring Foods.  

Radishes are another colorful, nutrient-packed spring vegetable worth bringing into your kitchen this spring. Before you knock them, give them a try! Although grocery store radishes are often red and bitter, fresh spring radishes come in a variety of colors and flavors. They can be eaten raw or used as a garnish, and they can also be pickled, roasted, grilled or braised, to name just a few options.

Spring provides many great options for produce. Do you have a favorite spring produce item or recipe? If so, leave a comment to let us know!

Written by Skye Pietrzykowski, Dietetic Student, Middle Tennessee State University and Jenny Lobb, MPH, RDN, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Ohio State University Extension Franklin County

Sources:

Kiefer, G. (2022). Respect for the Radish. Edible Columbus. https://ediblecolumbus.ediblecommunities.com/eat/respect-radish

Klemm, S. (2022). Make a Fresh Start with Spring Foods. Kids Eat Right, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. https://www.eatright.org/food/planning-and-prep/cooking-tips-and-trends/make-a-fresh-start-with-spring-foods

USDA SNAP-Ed Connection. Seasonal Produce Guide. https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/seasonal-produce-guide

USDA SNAP-Ed Connection. Spring Recipes.
https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/nutrition-education/snap-ed-recipes/spring-recipes

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a mason jar containing refrigerator radish pickles

What do you do with freshly harvested spring radishes? I typically just eat them raw with cream cheese or hummus or occasionally add them to a salad. This year, though, I was introduced to a tasty new way to prepare spring radishes: seasoned refrigerator radish pickles!

The recipe used as a template in making the video above is customizable. Rather than using dill, we added parsley. Rather than adding garlic cloves, we used fresh chives. We added the mustard seeds and red pepper flakes recommended in the recipe, then supplemented those spices with whole, black peppercorns and celery seed. Fennel seed could be another nice addition.

For the brine, we chose to use apple cider vinegar for added flavor. While apple cider vinegar has many purported health benefits, none are supported by good evidence. Registered Dietitians from the OSU Wexner Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic caution that while apple cider vinegar is safe to use in small amounts, it is not intended for the treatment or management of medical conditions, and it is definitely not a cure-all.

Apple cider vinegar has a long history of being used to flavor and preserve foods, however, and it is ”appreciated as a culinary agent”.  We chose to use this flavorful vinegar in making the brine for our refrigerator radish pickles.  

After adding brine to prepared vegetables for refrigerator pickles, refrigerate them for at least 4 hours to allow flavor to develop; 24-48 hours is even better. Cooperative Extension resources recommend consuming refrigerator pickles within 2 weeks.

Quick pickled vegetables like radishes are great topping additions to salads, bowls, soups, and tacos, and are even a great simple snack. Will you give them a try today? If so, please leave a comment below sharing your favorite recipe and use for refrigerator pickles.

Sources:

Cleveland Clinic (2021). Exploring the health benefits of apple cider vinegar. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/exploring-the-health-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar/

Hoover, A. (2020). Apple cider vinegar myths and facts. West Virginia University Extension Service. https://extension.wvu.edu/food-health/cooking/apple-cider-vinegar-myths-facts  

Todini, K. (2020). Quick Dill Pickled Radishes. Fork in the Road. https://www.forkintheroad.co/dill-pickled-radishes/

Treiber, L. (2015). Refrigerated pickled spring vegetables. Michigan State University Extension. https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/refrigerated_pickled_spring_vegetables

Weber, M. (2019). Does vinegar have health benefits? The OSU Wexner Medical Center. https://wexnermedical.osu.edu/blog/does-vinegar-have-health-benefits

Written by: Jenny Lobb, MPH, RDN, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Ohio State University Extension Franklin County

Reviewed by: Alisha Barton, Family and Consumer Science Educator, Ohio State University Extension Miami County

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