Late spring brings the transition from the traditional winter crops of greens and roots to the first summer delights of peaches, sweet onions, new potatoes and early tomatoes.
In April, look for the wonderful, but fleeting few weeks when peas (sugar snap and pod peas), fava beans, finger-sized baby leeks and the last of the asparagus are available. In May, celebrate the arrival of local Arizona sweet onions. While proper storage can extend their shelf life, they are best consumed shortly after harvest.
Check with your local farmer on the status of the stone fruit (peach, apricot, nectarine) crop. The bounty (or lack thereof) from these trees is very dependent on the winter weather and its cold, heat and moisture.
Prickly pear pads and the edible flowers of certain native plants are harvested at this time. Here's what you can find during April and May at the farmers' markets in the greater Phoenix area:
Fruits and Vegetables in Season: April and May
- Fava Beans
- Green onions (bunching onions and I'itoi)
- Greens (collards, dandelion, escarole, mustard, rapini, Swiss chard)
- Lettuce (baby mix and other varieties)
- Onions (Red, Yellow, Grilling and Arizona Sweet)
- Peas (sugar snap, pod)
- Summer squash (baby and blossoms)