Spring has sprung!

It’s time to discover what’s in season: April.

The sun is out

Ah, finally the true feeling that summer is just around the corner.

So, we can begin to celebrate with some great produce coming into season including lamb, asparagus, new potatoes (my Dad’s favourite), purple sprouting…

Locally sourced

We all know eating locally sourced food is really the way forward.

Or actually, it’s the way back because this is what we used to do until globalisation.

But not only is it better for our planet by shortening the supply chain.

It’s also good for us.

A few reasons why eating in season is good

  • Economical: eating fruit and veg when there are loads of it means it will be sold cheaper than in off-season.
  • Health benefits: food that is in season contain the nutrients and minerals that our bodies need at a particular time of year.
    • e.g. butternut squash and apples are in season in autumn/winter – they are packed with vitamin so help keep away horrid winter colds.
  • Tastes better: which makes obvious sense.
  • Mass-produced produce tends to suffer from a lack of flavour.
  • Large commercial farms are about volume and often they are adapted to look uniformed and have better shelf life so flavour slides.

What’s in season: April

FruitApricot (coming into season)
Kiwi fruit
Vegetables Celeriac
Lettuce + other salad leaves
Spring greens
Spring cabbage
Spring onions
Turnip tops
Jersey Royal potatoes
Asparagus (coming into season)
Purple sprouting broccoli
Spring onions
Available most months in good condition: broccoli, button mushrooms
carrots, cauliflower, maincrop potatoes, onions.
Meat Lamb (coming into season)
Rabbit (still available)
Turkey (still available)

April recipes to try

Slow-cooked lamb

Bavette steak with chilli and garlic kale

Moroccan lamb tagine

Enjoy the sun shining (in the Northern Hemisphere) and get cookin’ with April’s wonderful seasonal produce.

If you have any great recipes for Spring, leave a comment.

Check out more What’s in Season? here

Reference: PennyGoLightly