Spring is in the air, which means fresh vegetables are everywhere. You can start adding them to your favourite stews, soups, salads and sides to get a nutritious boost of vitamins and minerals!

We cannot stress enough the importance of buying and eating vegetables in season. That’s when they have the best flavor. You will find these  vegetables in the market in spring. Of course, crops and harvest varies from region to region, so check with your local vendors and supermarkets for what is in season.

Spring: what vegetables are in season

Seasonal produce varies in different countries and climates, so it’s best to check online. Because Italy is closer to the Equator than most places, we are lucky to have access to a variety of fruits and vegetables year-round.  

In Spring, vegetables in season in Italy include:

  • Artichokes 
  • Asparagus 
  • Beets 
  • Carrots 
  • Chard 
  • Fennel
  • Kale 
  • Leeks 
  • Lettuce 
  • Rhubarb 
  • Spinach 
  • Spring Onions 
  • Turnips 

When you have such a variety of produce you also need a suitable food to pair it up with. And what better option than couscous with vegetables!

Couscous is easy to cook with!

Couscous is not only tasty and easy to prepare, but it also offers an abundance of nutrients. This is especially true for couscous that is certified and of high quality with long traditions in how it is milled as with the family-owned Martino company. 

Of course, couscous can also be prepared in advance the night before simply by pouring over hot (not boiling) water over it and leaving it for less than 10 minutes to fluff up. This means you can prepare it and then add seasonal vegetables or fruits for a tasty and easy meal or snack. It’s certainly convenient and easy to have an alternative for a healthy dish that doesn’t take hours to prepare and is tasty and nutritional.

Couscous with spring vegetables: 3 spring recipes

It’s time to see how to cook vegetable couscous: they are versatile and perfect recipes for any occasion, from quick snacks to filling main dishes and yummy desserts – couscous opens many possibilities to experiment in the kitchen. 

Here are 3 recipes for couscous with spring vegetables.
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  1. Bake up a treat with Martino’s Oven baked onions stuffed with Couscous. In this Lebanese inspired recipe, baking the onions at a high temperature caramelizes them and turns them into sweet little vessels for a savory couscous filling. Serve them as a main course or use smaller onions for a delicious side dish.
  2. If you want a meal that is bursting with flavour, we recommend our Couscous baskets with vegetables and paprika. The Martino Couscous baskets with vegetables and paprika are easy to prepare and will leave you full and satisfied.
  3. Another filling meal comes in the form of the Vegetarian and oriental Couscous Martino. With it, you can bring the tastes and smells of the oriental cuisine in your kitchen. 

Discover now all our tasty recipes to prepare couscous in many original ways

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