Are you aware of what fruits and vegetables are seasonal in Texas this time of year?
Texas-based farms provide thousands of jobs and have a major impact on the state’s economy. According to Texas A&M University, more than 40 different vegetables and fruits are grown throughout the state. So keeping track of what seasonal produce is available for consumers seeking to support local growers is not always an easy task.
As spring approaches, several varieties of fresh produce are available including broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, grapefruit, mushrooms, oranges, spinach and sweet potatoes.
The assortment of vegetables on this list bodes well for consumers looking to prepare hearty meals such as stews and casseroles. The fruits on this list provide a good source of vitamin C, which is known to boost the immune system and help the body to absorb iron. Iron helps keep the body energized by carrying oxygen from the lungs to the muscles and other organs.
Many local restaurants use locally grown fruits and vegetables.
Dana Vaughn of Genghis Grill said that offering seasonal ingredients on the restaurant’s ingredient bar is a way to encourage balanced nutrition.
“We offer customers an experience where they are responsible for creating the meal they enjoy,” Vaughn said. “Vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and carrots are important in that they are nutritious and they add a heartiness to our meals that combines well with our seasonings and choice of proteins.”
Kyle Inman of Coco Palms, Tanning, Smoothies and Sports Nutrition said the business has seen an upswing in the sales of smoothies as customers have taken an increased interest in staying healthy during cold and flu season. Oranges and various vegetables are popular requested ingredients.
“Customers often come in looking for a convenient way to have a healthy quick meal, and smoothies provide that,” Inman said. “Every fruit and vegetable has its own nutritional benefits, and smoothies can be tailored around what particular nutrients a customer might be looking for.”