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What's in season at the Union Square Greenmarket: April

Mung bean sprouts from Hudson Valley Organic Gardens, Ulster County, N.Y.
Mung bean sprouts from Hudson Valley Organic Gardens, Ulster County, N.Y.Will Budiaman

At last, spring is here. A profusion of sprouts signals a return to warm weather and vitality, and with it, all things green and leafy. Here's what's unusual and interesting for the month of April.

Beautiful pea sprouts from Sprouts, Gowanus, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Beautiful pea sprouts from Sprouts, Gowanus, Brooklyn, N.Y.Will Budiaman

French sorrel: Prized for its tart, lemony flavor, this leafy green provides a burst of acidity and brightness to soups, salads, and sauces. Try it in this recipe from Food & Wine: Tangy Sorrel and Potato Soup with Bacon. Available from Oak Grove Plantation.

Garlic chives: Oak Grove Plantation also has an interesting twist on a familiar springtime member of the allium family which hails from Japan. Its pleasantly garlicky flavor makes it an ideal garnish to baked potatoes, nachos, and anything involving sour cream.

Sprouts: They are everywhere: radish sprouts, sweet pea sprouts, buckwheat sprouts, sunflower sprouts… Be sure to try them all! They are a great way to add vegetal flavor and nutrition to salads and sandwiches.

Words can only say so much, though. Be sure to check out the pretty pictures in the slideshow, and then most importantly, get out there and shop, because there's just so much more than could reasonably fit into this little story.

The Union Square Greenmarket is in operation Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., with a different set of vendors each day. To avoid wasting a subway ride, check Grow NYC's website for the day's vendor list and weather-related and holiday closures before going.