A Seasonal Plant Food Disclaimer: Note that just because a new month starts, doesn't mean that one or the other veggie and fruit is out of season. We created this "seasonal calendar" as an orientation guide when to shop a certain food. Therefore, take a look at it before you go food shopping, pay close attention to the little signs next to your fresh produce at the supermarket that state the country of origin and then make a conscious shopping decision.
Hey Plant Friends! I am beyond excited you decided to take a look at this month's seasonal post. While the offer of fresh produce has been pretty scarce over the past months, we clearly see a difference now with more than one amazing "seasonal highlight". My personal favorites that should be available everywhere in Germany throughout April are Wild Garlic, Rhubarb & Asparagus. Ready to explore what's in season in April in Germany? Read on.
As you know, I am a true fan of eating fresh and seasonal! The fresher any food, the more nutrient-rich it is, the more vibrant and intensive the flavor and the better its support to our overall health and wellbeing. Ready to explore what's in season this month in Germany. The following list contains all seasonal fruits and veggies you should be able to find locally and freshly harvested in April:
2. Leaf Lettuce (Lollo Rosso)
4. Pink Radish
10. White Asparagus
11. Green Asparagus
14. King Oyster Mushrooms
Note that the last three plant foods (Shiitake, Champignons and King Oyster Mushrooms) aren't vegetables or fruits botanically. They form the own category in the plant kingdom. As many mushrooms nowadays aren't harvested wild any more, they are available all year around. I like to include them in the list of "seasonal plants" as mushrooms contain a unique and super beneficial nutrient profile for our health. They typically are rich in minerals, low calorie and comparatively protein-rich. Therefore, don't hesitate to grab a handful of fresh mushrooms during your next food shopping trip.
Even though the variety has already increased drastically compared to January /February when there's barely anything in season, variety isn't opulent. Though, if you want to go all regional (and do something for the environment), I highly recommend you to fall back to the fruits and veggies that were harvested over the fall/winter months in Germany and are still available for purchase at any nearby farmers market. For the month of April those are:
3. Lamb's Lettuce
4. Celery Root
8. Shallot /Onion
9. Beet Root
10. Chinese Cabbage
11. White & Red Cabbage
12. Savoy Cabbage
April means - summer is just around the corner. After months of rain, cold and snow, days finally get longer in Germany, the sun's greets with its beautiful warm sun rays, flowers start to peek out of the cold and muddy soil again and the variety of seasonal veggies & fruits grows steadily.
My absolute favorite seasonal plant foods in April are "Wild Garlic", "Rhubarb" & "Asparagus". If you've never tried a Wild Garlic Pesto and have access to it - Wild Garlic only grows under very specific weather conditions (read more here), then put it on your cooking bucket list. There's no other pesto than "Wild Garlic Pesto", I promise! :)
More super seasonal dishes, bakes and recipe inspiration is coming soon!
I hope I could inspire you with this article to befriend the fresh produce isle of your nearby supermarket, plan a stroll across the nearby Farmer's Market or maybe even plant your own veggie garden this summer. Like always, I would love to see your delicious, seasonal creations and repost them on my social channels. So make sure to tag me on Instagram, Pinterest or Facebook. Besides, if you have any feedback for me, questions with regards to this post, my recipe or if you just want to say "hey", comment below or shoot me a personal message through my contact form.
Love & Plants, Karo