April is not exactly peak time for vegetables, but there are still a few fruits and veggies that grow in southern parts of North America this time of year, and all of them are very tasty and healthy. People who like to eat seasonal fruits and veggies are a little stranded during winter and early spring, but here you can find out which produce you can buy now and be sure they are not a cheap import but a quality-grown nutritional food.
First of all, there are the Ataulfo mangos. “Normal” mangos are green with reddish blush, but these are a bright yellow. They can be found all over the world, but if you are craving a mango in April, the best choice is to turn to Mexican Ataulfos. When it comes to shape, they are smaller than regular mangos, and have a slightly flat shape. But the flavor, gourmands agree, is amazing.
Although blackberries are traditionally a summer type of berry, Mexican ones will start filling the shelves this month. These blackberries are bigger than regular ones, and they are also very plump. Tartness is uncommon for April Mexican blackberries.
Asparagus: April is perfect for picking up some spears. Many regions in California are abundant with asparagus this time of year, especially where the land is black and soft. In early spring there is less white on asparagus to cut off and it is always a good idea to pick thicker spears. Contrary to popular opinion, thicker are usually softer spears.