May is named after the goddess Maia, who is identified with spring, growth, fertility, and birth. May is when spring becomes predictably warmer and tamer, yet explodes with color from plant life. It’s also the month when millions of green-thumbed Americans succumb to seasonal mania and plant tomatoes a wee bit too soon. Unless you’re in southern climates, folks, just hold off until Memorial Day.
So, vine-ripened tomatoes are still a good way off, but in the meantime, we have grilling, strawberries, and Vidalia onions in store. Click through the gallery to see the best of May’s food holidays.
Sara Bir is Paste’s contributing food editor. She is more than ready to go pick strawberries. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @Sausagetarian.