>What’s In Season: March, and Kraut Noodles

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I find that there is never enough information about what is actually in season when we go grocery shopping. Not to mention, who remembers to check before we plan our meals (if we plan our meals). Shopping within the season not only treats you to better tasting fruits and veggies, but it can also lower your overall grocery bill because in-season produce costs less.
Don’t know if you have noticed, but a few months ago, I compiled a list of the in-season produce and grouped it by fruits/vegetables and month. I created a table and made a page for it. It is always there and there is also a short blurb always ready to view in my sidebar.

For some reason, I don’t think that is enough, so at the beginning of every month, I will post the in-season produce.

You’re welcome.
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Most Popular Fruits
Less Popular Fruits
Most Popular Veggies
Less Popular Veggies
Apples
Artichokes
Asparagus
Belgian Endive
Avocados
Papayas
Broccoli
Parsnips
Bananas
Tangelos
Cabbage
Rutabagas
Cranberries

Carrots
Turnips
Grapefruit

Celery

Honeydew

Lettuce

Lemons

Mushrooms

Oranges

Onions

Pears

Peppers

Pineapples

Potatoes, White

Thanks Miranda, but what the heck do I do with this list now? 
Take it with you to the grocery store, and use it when meal planning.

Then what? I like strawberries, but they aren’t on the list. Can I still find them?
You will be able to find many fruits and veggies that are out of season, but they will tend to be not at their peak and more expensive than when they are in season. Remember to shop in season for the best prices.

My In-Season item pick of the month: Cabbage!

What to look for when purchasing cabbage?
Compact and firm
Crispy leaves with no markings or browning
More color = more flavor
Head should contain only a few loose outer leaves
Stem should be fresh, not dry or cracked

Try this Kraut Noodles recipe with this often overlooked veggie.

Kraut Noodles
6 bacon strips
2 Andouillie sausage links
1/2 head cabbage, julienned
1/2 pound wide noodles
kosher salt
ground black pepper

Boil 6 quarts of lightly salted water and boil noodles about 8 minutes or until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Saute bacon and sausage until fully cooked then add cabbage. Cook on medium heat until cabbage has cooked down, about 30 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

Mix in noodles with cabbage and pork mixture. Serve in pasta bowls and top with more black pepper. 

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