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Ingredient: L

Lamb Chops


Lamb, which comes from sheep less than a year old, is a lean, tender meat with delicate flavor. It’s also a good source of protein, as well as vitamin B12, niacin, and zinc.


Related to both onions and garlic, leeks look like big scallions. Their subtle, sweet taste makes for a satisfying side dish, a savory tart, or a luscious soup.


Sunny yellow lemons perk up almost everything with their bright, acidic flavor.


Packed with protein, fiber, iron, and vitamin B, lentils are budget-friendly nutritional superstars. These legumes are a staple in Indian, Middle Eastern, and European cuisines, a favorite of vegetarians, and a great ingredient to keep on hand for quick-cooking meals and side dishes.


The essential salad ingredient, lettuce is packed with chlorophyll, which gives it a fresh green, grassy taste. The most perishable of vegetables, it is at its best when raw.


This small green citrus gives acidic balance and bright flavor to virtually any dish. Its stores of vitamin C saved 19th-century British sailors from scurvy on long voyages (hence “limeys”).

what's in season

Fruits and vegetables at their peak right now.

  • Cherries
  • Watermelon
  • Zucchini
  • Peaches
  • Cucumber
  • Blueberries
  • Arugula
  • Sweet corn
  • Fiddlehead Ferns
  • Tomatoes
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