May: In Season

I am sure you will all agree that fruit and vegetables not only taste better, but are better value as well as better for the planet when eaten in season.

This calendar helps you discover what’s in season throughout the year (you might find this BBC Good Food seasonality table useful too).rhubarb-352x308

This month’s best fruit is the great British favourite, rhubarb. Long, thin and proudly pink, rhubarb is versatile enough to form classic comfort puddings as well as complementing meat dishes. I really don’t cook as often as I would like to with rhubarb and so this month I will try to make a crumble with some added stem ginger as the flavours work well together. Some other suggestions from my recipe collection include rhubarb & custard cake and rhubarb crumble muffins.
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British asparagus is only at its best for a few short weeks, so grab it and make the most of it! Try dunking the spears in perfectly soft boiled eggs or simply griddle and serve with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, seasoning, lemon juice and shavings of parmesan.  Other recipes to tempt include asparagus soup and asparagus and parmesan pastries.

Other fruits just starting to come into season this month include tomatoes, strawberries, gooseberries and blackcurrants. As for vegetables look out for aubergines, carrots, globe artichokes. I can’t wait for our local pick your own farm to open up, hurry up June!

I can’t wait for our local pick your own farm to open up!

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