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British Produce Gets Exciting in May!

Well I totally missed blogging about April produce, but here we are already in May and things start to get exciting on the British produce scene.

elderflowerThings are still pretty lean with regards British fruit in season, although you could be fooled into that isn’t the case due to the British fruits such as strawberries, already on sale in the supermarkets.  It’s amazing what can be achieved in polytunnels – but these early crops aren’t really in the true season.  The only British fruits truly in season are elderflowers & rhubarb (although rhubarb is technically a vegetable).

So, time to make that elderflower cordial and make the most of that lovely tart rhubarb.

But, when it comes to veggies it’s a different story as spring produce really comes into its own – asparagus, broad beans, peas, new potatoes, radish, watercress, wild garlic to name but a few.

I love asparagus – asparagusthe other half isn’t so keen, but I sneak it in whenever I can.  Be careful in the supermarkets though, as much of it is still the imported stuff from Peru – make sure it’s British.

I didn’t get around to sowing broad beans & peas in the garden last autumn, so no home grown for me this year (it was a spring sowing instead), but they should now be appearing in the shops, fresh in their pods.  Podding peas & broad beans certainly heralds spring and the approaching summer for me.  broad beansDon’t forget to use the pods to make stock!

Wild garlic is abundant on grass verges, but be careful where you pick from – not in common dog walking areas that’s for sure :).

May is definitely a time to embrace gorgeous British produce.

 

  • Asparagus
  • Broad beans
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Elderflower
  • Jersey Royals & new potatoes
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Rocket
  • Salad onions
  • Samphire
  • Sorrel
  • Watercress
  • Wild garlic