Friday Five : Spring foods

Amazing that spring is already here. This is absolutely my most favorite time of the year. The days are getting longer, the sun is higher, the temps are warmer. Keeping my fingers crossed that the weather is good for my half marathon next weekend !

And of course spring foods are part of this wonderful season, ….spring food being this week’s theme for the Friday Five link up ! Courtney at Eat Pray Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run always have such fun ideas ! Don’t forget to check them out !

With the long winter we have had, spring foods are not yet here in France. I try to eat foods in season as much as possible. I have this great calendar which highlights what is in season each month.

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So even if things are not yet abundant in our farmer’s markets, here are my favorites :

1. White Asparagus. In France we have both green and white. I learned a couple years ago that you can ” peel” white asparagus before cooking it, just like a carrot or potato. Take off the hard outer shell, steam it and enjoy !

2. Green Asparagus. I coat it with a bit of oil and roast it.

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3. Strawberries. Spain and Belgium supply most of Europe with strawberries until about mid June, where we get them from France. I know Spanish and Belgium strawberries come from a greenhouse, but I still eat them anyway. And kids love them. Sometimes we add a bit of ice cream, or whipped cream and some meringue or speculos for a bit of a crunch. Great dessert when you have guests.

4. Salads. There are a ton of varieties here in France. Batavia, Feuille de Chene, Roquette…

5. Cherries. This comes into season in June, which is still technically spring !

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What is your favorite spring fruit ? Veggie ? Ever tried to peel white asparagus ?

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Comments: 16

  1. Kelli March 27, 2015 at 10:53 am Reply

    I learned something new about the white asparagus. I’ve had it in a restaurant but never tried to make it myself.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration March 27, 2015 at 11:19 am Reply

      white asapragus is very easy to cook… but you really need to take off the tough outer layer. I find doing this BEFORE cooking it is best.

  2. Pam and Christine March 27, 2015 at 11:46 am Reply

    I have never tried to cook white asparagus, but I now know to peel it before cooking! My favorite spring fruit is strawberries….can’t wait to pick them next month!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration March 27, 2015 at 8:15 pm Reply

      I love strawberries, raspberries, cherries… any red fruit.

  3. lacey@fairytalesandfitness March 27, 2015 at 2:21 pm Reply

    I have never had white asparagus. I had no idea you could peal it. Roasting veggies is my favorite way to eat them. Such a good flavor.

    • Karen - French Inspiration March 27, 2015 at 8:13 pm Reply

      White asparagus is much bigger than green… and texture is different. But still good !

  4. Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC March 27, 2015 at 2:31 pm Reply

    you know, i like cherries in something else but don’t love them by themselves, which is so weird. have a great weekend!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration March 27, 2015 at 8:12 pm Reply

      Too funny ! I prefer to eat cherries by themselves and am not a fan when they are in something.

  5. Tamieka@fitballingrunningmom March 27, 2015 at 8:07 pm Reply

    I have never had or seen white asparagus……I will be on the look out now!

    I love all berries!!!

    • Karen - French Inspiration March 27, 2015 at 8:12 pm Reply

      I will see if I can find some pictures of White Asparagus. The season is very short…. I will look at the market this weekend.

  6. Melanie @ Happy Being Healthy March 28, 2015 at 12:44 am Reply

    I love that “in season” calendar! I need to find me one of those. I’ve never even heard of white asparagus, but it sounds great! I love your pictures of all of the yummy fruits and veggies. I love spring so much too!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration March 28, 2015 at 8:18 am Reply

      The calendar definitely helps remind me what is in season. I prefer to buy seasonal if I can… if not the food is shipped in from Norther Africa, or even South America… not good for the environnement. The only food I buy from South America is Mangos. Can not get those in Europe.

  7. Jenn March 28, 2015 at 3:00 am Reply

    So delicious. Fresh cherries are such a treat!
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  8. Coco March 29, 2015 at 2:02 pm Reply

    Isn’t there a big festival around the white asparagus in Germany? We teased a colleague who was there during that season because he *hates* asparagus and refused to join in. I love it and love your pan of roasted veggies!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration March 29, 2015 at 7:28 pm Reply

      Not sure ! Never heard of the festival…. but many people commented on the white asparagus which seems quite rare in the US. Too bad, its really good !

  9. Mar @ Mar on the Run March 29, 2015 at 5:11 pm Reply

    love the in season calendar! Strawberries and salads are definitely on my list!
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