While seasonal foods differ from place to place, I’ve tried to pick foods that are in season in most places for my top 10 spring superfoods list. Here they are:
Artichokes—Globe artichoke contains a natural phytonutrient called cynarin that supports healthy liver function and boosts the detoxification of harmful chemicals. Recent studies show that artichoke helps with digestive troubles, irritable bowel syndrome, and lowering high blood pressure. Choose artichokes that feel heavy for their size. Trim off the outer leaves and use the inside portion, known as the “heart.”
Asparagus—An excellent source of vitamins K, C, A, folate, B1, B2, niacin, B6, manganese, potassium, magnesium, and selenium, asparagus is a spring nutritional powerhouse. Thanks to the amino acid asparagine and high potassium content, it helps to cleanse the kidneys. By doing so, it helps reduce water retention in the body and balance blood pressure. It also contains rutin which helps maintain healthy blood vessels and aids the prevention of haemorrhoids. Choose thin stalks. Flex the stalk with both hands and it will naturally break off the woody portion of the plant. Use the top portion.
Cauliflower—Research shows that cauliflower eaters have lower rates of cancer than people who don’t eat this vegetable. It contains sulforaphane, which according to researchers at John Hopkins University School of Medicine, stimulates the body’s production of cancer-fighting enzymes. Plus, it packs a nutritional punch with vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.