What is seasonal food?
If you grow your own vegetables the packet will tell you when you can expect to harvest the crop and this is when it is in season. If you see vegetables for sales outside of this time then they are not in season and may well have been imported or grown under heat in a greenhouse.
Why eat seasonal food?
Food that is in season has many advantages over imported food or that grown under cover:
- It will have the best and freshest taste.
- It will have a higher nutritional value.
- It is good for the environment as it will have low food low miles and less energy will have been used than glass-grown plants to produce it.
- As a result it will be cheaper.
- Finally, as a consumer, you will get seasonal variety and the excitement of the first taste of a just in-season food is hard to beat. A strawberry in winter may look appetising but it has minimal taste compared to a summer one.
What is is Season in April?(Please note I have based this list on UK and Northern France)
- Purple Sprouting Broccoli
- Jersey Royal Potatoes
- Water Cress
- Spring greens (collards)
- Wild garlic
- Moral mushrooms
- Nettles - you may not view these as a food but they are in fact very nutritional and I will blog about some recipes very soon.
Do you have any favourite recipes using these ingredients?
This is my recipe for Wild Garlic and Leek Risotto.
You should still be able to get in season leeks although they are reaching the end of their season in April.