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Spring food — what to make in May

Looking for popular spring food for May? 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 May food holidays.

A month for disparate food and cultural tradition, tomatillos, gooseberries, loquats, lychee, honeydew, passionfruit and peaches are just entering their seasons in May. And thanks to the celebrations of traditional Asian-Pacific and Jewish food this month everything from matzah and moo ping, roast lamb and canned Spam, challah and huli huli are on dinner tables all throughout the country. Breakfast and brunch (and Champagne cocktails) are always popular for Mother’s Day and Memorial Day means backyard barbecues filled with hamburgers, hot dogs, brisket and babyback (babyback, babyback) ribs.

May Food Ideas

Baba, babobka, barbeque, beef sausage, brisket, buttermilk biscuits, challah, cheese souffle, chopped liver, coconut, cole slaw, Crepes Suzette, custard, derby pie, devil’s food cake, eggs, escargot, fiddlehead ferns, Filipino spaghetti, gazpacho, gefilte fish, gooseberries, grape popsicles, hamburgers, herbs, honeydew, hot dogs, huli huli chicken, knishes, limeade, loquats, lumpia, lychee, macaroni salad, macaroons, mandelbreidt, matzah ball soup, moo ping, nectarines, pastrami, pickled herring, pickles, pita, poi, potato salad, pulled pork, ramps, raisins, rhubarb, ribs, roast lamb, salads, salsa, sapote, shrimp, Spam, taffy, truffles, tzimmis, strawberries, Vidalia onions, walnuts, watermelon

May Drink Ideas

Belgian wit, blonde ales, bock, chenin blanc, coconut milk, doppelbock, hefeweizen, IPA, iced tea, Irish ale, lambic/fruit beers, lemonade, limeade, mint juleps, moscato, pinot grigio, pinot noir, orange juice, riesling, saison/farmhouse ales, unoaked chardonnay, rosé, white blend

Seasonal Fruit

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Apriums
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherimoya
  • Cherries
  • Coconut
  • Dates
  • Gooseberries
  • Grapes
  • Grapefruit
  • Honeydew
  • Key limes
  • Kiwano
  • Kiwi
  • Kumquats
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Loquats
  • Lychee
  • Mandarins
  • Mango
  • Oranges
  • Nectarines
  • Papaya
  • Passionfruit
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pecans
  • Pineapple
  • Pistachios
  • Plums
  • Pluots
  • Raspberries
  • Sapote
  • Strawberries
  • Tamarillo
  • Tangerine
  • Texas red grapefruit
  • Tomatoes
  • Ugli fruit
  • Walnuts
  • Watermelon
  • White grapefruit

Seasonal Vegetables

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

Seasonal Meat & Seafood

  • Tuna
  • Blue crab
  • Calamari squid
  • Catfish
  • Cod
  • Crawfish
  • Duck
  • 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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