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Eat in-season: Spring produce for Minnesota

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Minnesota in-season spring produce

As spring comes to life in Minnesota, so does what's in-season to add to our plate. Try these five favorites this spring!

Asparagus

Asparagus is packed with folate and vitamins A, C and E, which help our bodies fight heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer. This green veggie also contains potassium, which can help lower blood pressure.

Cauliflower

A cousin of broccoli, cauliflower has risen in popularity with more people utilizing it as a healthy alternative to starchy mashed potatoes. Boasting anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich qualities, cauliflower is good for heart and brain function.

Mushrooms

With so many different types, mushrooms add variety to any meal and Portobello mushrooms are a great meat replacer for a vegetarian burger. They are known for being immunity boosters while you're fighting off a cold or the flu.

Peas

These low-calorie beans carry a healthy dose of fiber, vitamins B and C, as well as a slew of minerals: calcium, iron and zinc. For being small, peas pack a big nutritional punch. Peas add great texture and color to stir fry, salads or whole wheat pasta dishes.

Radishes

The peppery radish helps regulate blood pressure, relieve congestion and helps decrease inflammation in our kidneys and urinary systems because it's a natural diuretic. Thinly sliced radishes can add brightness to any salad and become mild when roasted.

Sources:

https://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/hpcd/chp/cdrr/nutrition/docsandpdf/MinnesotaSeasonalFruitsandVegetables.pdf

https://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/

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