While strawberries are now available to buy in the depths of winter, and squash can be found on shelves during summer heatwaves, eating seasonally has become a growing movement.
As well as being friendlier on the purse strings, eating foods according to the season we’re in also locks in more nutrients and packs a more powerful flavour punch. It’s also often better for the environment – particularly if you can buy your fresh produce from local markets.
But, what’s in season when? What should you be shopping for in Spring, and what should you leave until the snow is beginning to fall?
Here’s our handy guide to eating in season so that you can embrace nature’s goodness in the best way possible.
Spring produce tends to be lighter, fresher and more vibrant. In terms of fruits, you might like to shop mouth-watering rhubarb, while spring greens will also be in abundance at this time of year. Throughout the spring months, you can also add plenty of carrots, asparagus, spring onions, celeriac and cruciferous veggies (such as cauliflower, kale and purple sprouting broccoli) to your basket.
If you enjoy meat, you won’t be surprised to hear that spring lamb is also on the menu – perfect served with homemade mint sauce.
As the temperature rises, fruits start to become more vibrant, colourful and abundant – think berries (raspberries, strawberries and blueberries) and currants in all their jewel-like beauty. Many spring favourites remain in season, such as carrots, cauliflowers and watercress, but you’ll also be able to shop courgettes, peas, garlic, radishes, new potatoes and plump and juicy tomatoes.
When it comes to meat and fish, why not try a fillet of wild salmon or some mackerel on the BBQ?
Autumn is synonymous with golden pumpkins and squash, but did you know that field mushrooms, sweetcorn and rocket are also in season now? You can also take your pick from a whole host of delicious fruits – British apples are at their best, as are blackberries, plums and pears. Perfect for crumble lovers.
Lots of game also starts to come into season as the temperatures drop, such as venison, as well as wild duck and guinea fowl.
While winter isn’t renowned for it’s spread of fresh produce, there’s still plenty you can enjoy. Whether you love them or hate them, sprouts are perfect at this time of year. You’ll also be able to enjoy lots of comforting root vegetables, such as potatoes, parsnips, swede and turnips.
If you crave a Sunday roast, then look for free-range chickens, turkey or beef.
Simply purchase your favourite seasonal goodness, then add in your food staples (such as Olivado oils, spices and herbs and pulses) and you’re good to go!