Scroll down for recipes featuring ONLY ingredients that are in-season in April, or have a year-round season.
What’s available year-round?
Fruits: Avocados, lemons & Limes
Vegetables: Beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, fennel, garlic, herbs, mushrooms, onion-family, potatoes, radishes, sweet potatoes, turnips, salad greens and herbs.
Detailed pages for each of these will be ready soon! Get a list of all available fruit & vegetable pages, and see what’s in season for other months, here.
What’s starting and ending this month?
Cherries and strawberries also start this month on the west coast. Bing cherries can ship ok (but do taste a bit better if you can find them locally). Strawberries that are shipped in will be flavorless. Check your local farmers markets to make sure you get fresh strawberries, which might be closer to the end of May or beginning of summer depending on where you live.
A note about fruit quality
Strawberries and cherries don’t get sweeter after harvest. Neither do citrus fruits, which are ending this month. So it’s important to find a source that sells tree-ripened citrus and cherries (and plant-ripened strawberries) when possible. That’s also why you don’t want to buy them outside of their season!
Now what should I make?
That’s a good question! I scour the internet to find recipes that use fresh, seasonal ingredients, often with a fun twist. Follow Ask The Food Geek on Pinterest or Facebook to get access to the recipes I find every day.
Each recipe has been reviewed to make sure the ingredients are all in season for April.
Clementine cinnamon rolls – recipe by Superman Cooks
Say goodbye to the last of clementines with some cinnamon roles (and an extra side of fruit) for breakfast. Get more information and recipes for mandarins (clementines).
Strawberry rhubarb coffee cake – recipes by Serena Bakes
Spinach, artichoke, hummus pasta – recipe by Fooduzzi
Asparagus and mushroom pasta – recipe by Salt & Lavender
Get more recipes & information for asparagus.
Shaved asparagus, radish and quinoa salad with lemon-dijon poppy seed dressing – recipe by Vanilla And Bean
While radishes can be harvested year round in California (and ship well across the country), spring brings us wonderful watermelon radishes (slightly more mild than regular radishes with striking hot-pink flesh). Get more recipes & information for asparagus.
Honey roasted rhubarb power greens salad – recipe from Cotter Crunch
Get more information and recipes for rhubarb.
Asparagus with kumquats, dates, hazelnuts and feta – recipe by Feed Me Early
Celeriac, pea, and arugula soup with sumac roasted chickpeas – recipe from Cravings in Amsterdam
Fennel and blood orange tortilla pizza – recipe on The Food Gays
Fennel can be found year-round. Get more information and recipes for blood oranges.
Cherry & orange chicken salad with candied walnuts – recipe from The Goldilocks Kitchen
Get more information and recipes for cherries.
Buffalo chicken burgers with celery slaw – recipe by Yes to Yolks
A great way to make a flavorful slaw is with in-season celery for that extra bite. Get more information and recipes for celery.
Quinoa fritters with spring peas, feta, and cilantro-lime yogurt sauce – recipe from Immigrant’s Table
Rosemary-infused strawberry empanadas – recipe by Caroline’s Cooking
Get more information and recipes for strawberries.
Bonus recipes – cocktails and desserts
Broiled grapefruit margarita – recipe at The Cookie Rookie
It’s the end of grapefruit season, so let’s go out with a bang! Get more information and recipes for grapefruit.
Cherry almond galette with brown sugar – recipe by The Road to Honey
Use sweet or tart cherries depending on your style (and what’s available). Get more information and recipes for cherries (including a chocolate cherry galette!)
Grapefruit poppyseed cake – recipe by The View From Great Island
Get more information and recipes for grapefruit.