Celebrate Spring’s Holy-days with Five Fresh Ingredients

Springtime is finally upon us, and with it comes warmer weather (hang in there, Northerners), more daylight, new beginnings and the holy holidays of Easter and Passover. Each season offers its own fresh selection of fruits, vegetables and herbs at their flavor peak, and spring brings some of my favorites.

Peas

“Peas Please!”

These green little spherical seeds are known for being kid-friendly, but they’re also one of my favorite spring veggies. I often use them in fresh pasta dishes, risotto, stews and soups. Try this chilled pea soup recipe for a cool treat on a warm spring day.
 
 
 

Morel Mushrooms

“Foraging in the Forest”

A rite of spring, the morel mushroom can be found in the wild. These unique and flavorful fungi make amazing sauces and are a wonderful complement to hearty proteins. If your local grocer doesn’t stock them, several reputable companies can ship them your way – www.oregonmushrooms.com is a great resource that I’ve used many times.
 
 

Grapefruit

“Keep it Local”

Formerly deemed a “forbidden fruit,” grapefruit swaps some of its trademark bitterness for a touch of sweet in the spring. Grapefruit is grown all over the state of Florida, and is a delicious local ingredient I use often. It’s delicate texture and fresh flavors pair perfectly with salads, light sauces and seafood dishes.
 
 

Artichokes

“Edible Flower”

Many are unaware that the artichoke is actually a flower. Hearty with a robust flavor, I love these tender perennial thistles when fried and served with a decadent aioli. Look for artichokes with tight, compact leaves and freshly cut stems.
 
 
 

Fiddlehead Ferns

“Music to my Ears”

Fiddlehead ferns are the furled fronds of a young fern, harvested for use as a vegetable. One of spring’s most elusive goodies, the unique shape of a fiddlehead resembles the curled ornamentation (or, scroll) on the end of a stringed instrument, like a violin. Create a savory side dish with these mild-flavored ferns by steaming them for a few minutes, then sauté with lemon, garlic and olive oil.
 
 

Incorporate these spring favorites into your holy-day meals for a delicious dinner that’s as fresh as it is flavorful. Planning a special event to celebrate? Let us do the cooking for you – we offer professional catering in Fort Lauderdale! Call us to schedule at (954) 200-2895, and from all of us at Roho Kitchen, we wish you safe and happy holy-days!