What's in Season - April Produce Guide

What's in season in April? Check out recipes for peas, carrots, rhubarb, asparagus, artichokes, fava beans, radishes, leeks, and fennel!

April Produce Guide

Welcome Spring, and welcome to month 4 of our Monthly Seasonal Produce Guides!

April is all about spring vegetables—asparagus and artichokes are at their peak, snap peas begin to make an appearance, as well as young carrots with their fern-like carrot tops, and fava beans. Spring garlic, spring onions, leeks and fennel are thriving, as are the first spring radishes.

Winter citrus are fading, and while we are seeing some early strawberries, the "fruit" of April isn't really a fruit, but a vegetable that acts like one—rhubarb. Perfect for pies and cobblers.

What's in Season in April, Seasonal Produce Guide
Elise Bauer

What's in season in April?

  • Peas: Treat yourself to a handful of fresh snap peas, sear them and toss them with olive oil and mint.
  • Carrots: Did you know that "baby" carrots aren't really juvenile carrots at all, but regular carrots cut and shaped into bite-sized pieces? Nab a bunch of real baby carrots, the young carrots of spring.
  • Rhubarb: My father remembers picking wild rhubarb and dipping the tart bright red stalks in sugar to eat. Nature's Jolly Ranchers! You can do that too, or do what most of us do with it, cook rhubarb into cobblers and pies.
  • Asparagus: April is peak asparagus season! Roast, grill, steam, or boil them. They're great with salmon, eggs, shrimp, chicken, steak, or even on a pizza.
  • Artichokes: You can find artichokes in the market in the spring or fall. Look for artichokes that feel heavy when you pick them up, and whose petals (leaves) haven't opened wide. New to artichokes? Check out our guide on how to cook and eat them.
  • Fava beans: Gardeners love fava beans because they are a great cover crop. Fava beans help fix nitrogen in the soil for your summer garden. They're the only bean you have to shell twice, first when you take them out of their pod, and then again after you cook them, to remove a tough membrane.
  • Radishes: If you love radishes, spring is the time to buy them. Serve them thinly sliced with tacos and Mexican food. Roast them or put them in a salad. Or enjoy radishes like the French—slice them and serve them on baguette slices with butter. (If you've never had radishes with butter and bread, it's a game changer!)
  • Leeks, Spring Garlic, Spring Onions: Leeks grow in mounds of soil to keep their stalks white and not exposed to the sun. Sand and dirt have a way of getting lodged in leeks, so make sure you clean leeks well before using them in recipes. Use spring garlic and spring onions in recipes that call for regular garlic or onions.
  • Fennel: Slice raw fennel and toss with a mint vinaigrette to make a fennel slaw for seafood. Or serve it baked with salmon, halibut, or chicken.

What are your favorite spring vegetables? And how do you prepare them? Let us know in the comments!

  • Peas

  • Shrimp with Snow Peas

    Shrimp Snow Peas
    Elise Bauer

    A classic Chinese stir fry of shrimp and snow peas with a mild ginger-garlic sauce.

  • Seared Sugar Snap Peas

    Seared Sugar Snap Peas
    Elise Bauer

    Sugar snap peas seared in olive oil with green onions, mint, lemon zest and black pepper.

  • Carrots

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  • Carrot Ginger Soup

    Carrot Ginger Soup
    Elise Bauer

    Smooth carrot soup with ginger, orange and chicken stock. So easy and healthy too!

  • Roasted Baby Carrots

    Roasted Baby Carrots
    Elise Bauer

    Tender young carrots, roasted with red onions with rosemary, salt, and pepper, until lightly caramelized.

  • Rhubarb

  • Rhubarb Fool

    Easy Rhubarb Fool
    Sally Vargas

    Make this rhubarb fool for a quick and easy gluten-free dessert. Rhubarb sauce gently stirred with whipped cream.

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  • Rhubarb Crumble

    Rhubarb Crumble
    Elise Bauer

    Bright pink and fruity rhubarb, baked with sugar, vanilla, and cardamom, with brown sugar, butter, and flour crumble topping. Easy to make!

  • Asparagus

  • Flank Steak Stir Fry with Asparagus and Red Pepper

    Flank Steak Stir Fry with Asparagus and Red Bell Pepper
    Elise Bauer

    This Flank Steak Stir Fry comes together quickly with flank steak, asparagus, and red bell peppers. Perfect for a quick midweek dinner!

  • Baked Asparagus with Parmesan

    Baked Asparagus
    Elise Bauer

    Baked Asparagus with olive oil and parmesan cheese. Easy and elegant!

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  • Oven-Roasted Salmon, Asparagus and New Potatoes

    Sheet Pan Salmon with Asparagus and New Potatoes
    Elise Bauer

    Oven Roasted Salmon, Asparagus & New Potatoes are quick, EASY, and delicious! Make everything in one sheet pan, easy clean-up, perfect for a midweek dinner

  • Artichokes

  • Grilled Artichokes

    Elise Bauer

    Tender, smoky artichoke halves, easily and beautifully grilled.

  • Sauteed Baby Artichokes

    Sautéed Baby Artichokes
    Sally Vargas

    Baby artichokes, sautéed with onions and garlic, served with grated Parmesan cheese. So good!

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  • Fava Beans

  • Fava Bean Fennel Salad with Parmesan

    Fava Bean Fennel Salad with Parmesan
    Elise Bauer

    Fresh fava bean salad with sliced fennel, mint, scallions, and Parmesan.

  • Spring Succotash

    Spring Succotash
    Elise Bauer

    Springtime succotash with medley of corn, carrots, ham, spring onions, and fava beans.

  • Radishes

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  • Roasted Radish and Feta Salad

    How to Roast Radishes
    Sally Vargas

    Have you ever roasted radishes? Their flavor transforms in the heat of the oven, turning juicy and sweet. Toss them with a vinaigrette and some feta for a light meal or side salad.

  • Leeks

  • Potato Leek Soup

    Leek and Potato Soup
    Elise Bauer

    Potato Leek Soup is a classic! Nothing's better than a bowl of hearty potato soup on a chilly day. And it's easy, too! No cream needed, just purée the soup to make it thick and creamy.

  • Leeks Vinaigrette

    Leeks Vinaigrette
    Elise Bauer

    A French classic, whole leeks are boiled, drained, then marinated in a Dijon vinaigrette.

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  • Fennel

  • Fennel Slaw with Mint Vinaigrette

    Fennel Slaw
    Elise Bauer

    Fennel slaw salad with thinly sliced fennel bulb and a fresh mint vinaigrette. Great with seafood!

  • Roasted Chicken Thighs with Fennel and Orange

    Roast Chicken Thighs with Fennel and Orange
    Aaron Hutcherson

    Roast chicken, fennel, and orange come together in this makes a bright, flavorful one-pot skillet dinner. Serve it with rice, farro, quinoa or barley for an easy meal.