Eat This Now: White Asparagus, Mini Cukes and Apriums

Here's a look at three deliciously unexpected spring fruits and vegetables and several ways to eat them

Apriums
Soft as a baby’s bottom and almost as cute, apriums are 75 percent apricot and 25 percent plum. While an aprium may look like an ordinary apricot, it has a distinct tart-sweet plum flavor and the texture and juiciness of an apricot. Apriums are delicious eaten out of hand, but would be a surprising addition to fruit desserts like pies, crisps or cobblers. They are in season through early July but peak in June, so grab them while you can at your local produce market or online at Melissa’s Produce.

More Ways to Eat Apriums:
Plum Crumble
Honey-baked Apricots with Marscarpone

Apricot Smoothie

White Asparagus
A true seasonal delicacy, white asparagus has a lighter, more delicate flavor than the green variety. But what makes it white? The asparagus are grown under a layer of soil to keep out the sun and prevent photosynthesis, which normally turns asparagus green. Because the skin isn't exposed to the sun, it can be a bit tough and bitter, so peel off the outer layer with a vegetable peeler. White asparagus can be found at most gourmet produce stores or online at Melissa’s Produce

More Ways to Eat White Asparagus:
Spring Panzanella with Asparagus and Balsamic Viniagrette

Prosciutto-wrapped Asparagus
Asparagus and Mushroom Pizza

Mini Cucumbers
Not only are these baby cukes adorable, they’re also practical – they are almost seedless and there’s no need to peel off their tender skin, just wash and eat! Mini cucumbers (AKA Persian cucumbers) are available year-round but peak in the spring and early summer months. Their smaller size make them perfect for homemade pickles, crudité platters and snacks for kids. Or you can use mini cukes in place of their larger counterparts in recipes. Look for them at your supermarket or online at Melissa’s Produce.

More Ways to Eat Mini Cucumbers:
Cucumber-Watermelon Spritz
Avocado-Cucumber Soup
Baked Salmon with Cucumber-Dill Sauce

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