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Spring food — what to make in March

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

Asparagus and artichokes are just coming into their peak season, sweet mandarins like Sumo, Pixie, Gold Nugget and Ruby Tango hit the citrus scene just as blood oranges start to disappear. IHOP is giving out free pancakes, and a whole week is dedicated to chocolate and chocolate chip cookies. So, a pretty good month right off the bat that only gets better with St. Patrick’s Day.

As any wild-eyed, green painted face can tell you, St. Patrick’s Day is for dyeing your local river green and drinking unreasonable amounts of green beer and/or Guinness and/or whiskey. Besides weeks of finding tiny shamrocks, glitter, beads and blinking bar schwag all over your home, St. Patrick’s Day also means a slew of shamrock shakes, frozen grasshopper pies and green-frosted cupcakes. Those are all fantastic themed desserts but it’s also a great month to try some traditional dishes from Ireland too, like cottage pie, boxty or Dublin coddle. Ah, ma-a-aybe skip the crubeens and black pudding if this is your first foray into Irish cuisine.

March Food Ideas

Asparagus, artichoke hearts, bell pepper, black pudding, barmbrack, boxty, broccoli rabe, Buffalo wings, cabbage, celery, celery soda, cereal, champ, cheese doodles, chocolate, chocolate chip cookies, colcannon, cold cuts, corned beef, cottage pie, coq au vin, crab, crepes, crubeens, fiddlehead ferns, fish, French bread, fruit compote, Golden Nugget mandarins, lobster Newberg, maple syrup, Mahi Mahi, meatballs, leeks, nachos, noodles, oatmeal cookies, paella, party dips, pecans, peanuts, peanut butter, pizza, popcorn, potato skins, potatoes, potato chips, poultry, ravioli, rhubarb, scallops, sliders, spinach, Sumo citrus, waffles

March Drink Ideas

Absinthe, Belgian wit, blonde ales, bock, chenin blanc, doppelbock, green beer, Guinness, hefeweizen, IPA, Irish ale, Irish cream, Irish whiskey, lambic/fruit beers, moscato, mulled wine, pinot grigio, pinot noir, riesling, saison/farmhouse ales, unoaked chardonnay, rosé, white blend

Seasonal Fruit

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Asian pears
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Blood oranges
  • Cactus pears
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherimoya
  • Coconut
  • Dates
  • Grapes
  • Grapefruit
  • Guava
  • Key limes
  • Kiwano
  • Kiwi
  • Kumquats
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Mandarins
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Passionfruit
  • Pears
  • Pecans
  • Persimmons
  • Pineapple
  • Pistachios
  • Pomelos
  • Raspberries
  • Starfruit
  • Strawberries
  • Tamarillo
  • Tangerine
  • Texas red grapefruit
  • Tomatoes
  • Ugli fruit
  • Walnuts

Seasonal Vegetables

  • Acorn squash
  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Bell peppers
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Broccoli rabe/Rapini
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Butternut squash
  • Cabbage
  • Cardoons
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Collard greens
  • Cucumbers
  • Dandelion greens
  • Delicata squash
  • Endive
  • Escarole
  • 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
  • Potatoes
  • Radicchio
  • Radishes
  • 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
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Mussels
  • Oysters
  • Trout
  • Red Snapper
  • Salmon
  • Scallops
  • 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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