Asparagus on table with lemons

Spring food — what to make in April

Looking for popular spring food for April? Find some fresh ideas from our list of seasonal fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood. Need even more ideas? You can also check out our list of food holidays for April.

Except for occasional appearances in late March, April means the celebration of Easter and for the more strictly religious, the end to a period of Lenten fasting. Traditional Easter dinners typically include sides like scalloped potatoes, asparagus and biscuits with ham, chicken or roast lamb as the main dish. That’s if you’re an adult.

If you’re a kid, Easter means baskets stuffed with Easter grass, giant chocolate bunnies, and plastic eggs filled with jelly beans and candy or chocolate eggs filled with peanut butter, or maybe chocolate eggs filled with marshmallow yolk, or maybe… well, let’s just say Easter means that a lot of different kinds of eggs and sweet treats are going to be eaten. If you’re the parent of an Easter kid, there’s a really good chance you’ll need to know how to tie-dye a hard-boiled egg or bake a coconut bunny cake so be sure to brush up on your creative kitchen skills.

April Food Ideas

Asian pears, baba, babobka, BLT sandwiches, brisket, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, caramel popcorn, challah, charoset, cheeseballs, chocolate, chopped liver, cranberries, deep dish pizza, eggs benedict, egg salad, empanada, fiddlehead ferns, garlic, gefilte fish, grilled cheese sandwiches, ham, hot-cross buns, jelly beans, knishes, licorice, macaroons, mandelbreidt, marshmallows, matzah ball soup, mushrooms, pastrami, peach cobbler, pecans, Peeps, pickles, pickled herring, pineapple upside-down cake, pita, potato kugel, prime rib, sponge cake, sourdough bread, tomatillos, tomatoes, tzimmi, Twinkies, ramps, roast lamb, zucchini bread

April Drink Ideas

Amaretto, Belgian wit, blonde ales, bock, chenin blanc, doppelbock, hefeweizen, IPA, Irish ale, lambic/fruit beer, malbec, michelada, mimosa, moscato, pinot grigio, pinot noir, riesling, saison/farmhouse ales, unoaked chardonnay, rosé, white blend, white sangria

Seasonal Fruit

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Asian pears
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cactus pears
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherimoya
  • Cherries
  • Coconut
  • Dates
  • Grapes
  • Grapefruit
  • Guava
  • Key limes
  • Kiwano
  • Kiwi
  • Kumquats
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Mandarins
  • Mango
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Pears
  • Pecans

Seasonal Vegetables

  • Acorn squash
  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Bell peppers
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Broccoli rabe/Rapini
  • Butternut squash
  • Cabbage
  • Cardoons
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Collard greens
  • Cucumbers
  • Dandelion greens
  • Delicata squash
  • Endive
  • Escarole
  • Fava beans
  • Fava greens
  • Fennel
  • Fiddlehead ferns
  • Garlic
  • Green beans
  • Herbs
  • Horseradish
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Jicama
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lambsquarters
  • Leeks
  • Mizuna
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard Greens
  • Nettles
  • Onions
  • Orach
  • Parsnip
  • Pea shoots
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Purslane
  • Radicchio
  • Radishes
  • Ramps
  • Rhubarb
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Rutabagas
  • Salsify
  • Scallions
  • Shallots
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Spinach
  • Sprouts
  • Sunchokes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tatsoi
  • Turnips
  • Watercress
  • Winter squash
  • Zucchini

Seasonal Meat & Seafood

  • Tuna
  • Catfish
  • Cod
  • Crawfish
  • Dungeness crab
  • Sole
  • Grouper
  • Halibut
  • Lamb
  • Mackerel
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Oysters
  • Trout
  • Red Snapper
  • Salmon
  • Softshell crab
  • Swordfish
  • Tilapia

Food in italic is entering or leaving their peak season, or may only be available in limited quantities. Food in bold is available all year long, but may not consist of one species (for instance, tilapia is a common term for nearly a hundred different cichlid fish) or be imported from different regions of the world at different times of the year (avocados, pineapples) and therefore may have different flavors and characteristics.

Also, please note: While almost all fruits and vegetables, meat and seafood are available in some preserved form out of season and many of the most popular are effectively in season year round, the availability and quality of seasonal foods can vary dramatically according to species, region and natural circumstances (like weather and disease).

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