This post is the second in a set of seasonal guides on Mostly Eating.
The guides are quarterly, aiming to accomodate those uncertainties induced by geography and climate
which easily throw growing schedules out by a few weeks.
Here’s what you will find here:
- a list of fruits and vegetables in season between late March and early June. I’ve developed my list from a consensus opinion across a variety of sources including Eat the seasons, River Cottage and the Scottish What’s on your plate guide. It’s good for the UK and also for much of Northern Europe and the less sunny parts of the USA (for a State by State guide check out the Sustainable Table). For you antipodeans, Kathryn usually has a list for New South Wales.
- Recipe and snack suggestions that center around using the seasonal produce listed to help you to base your diet around fruits and vegetables.
- There’s a pretty PDF version of the list to stick on your fridge, or tuck into the front of your favourite vegetable cookbook as a quick reminder of what to look out for when you go shopping. The Spring recipe and meal suggestions are on the back.
Spring produce guide
Spring has to be the most anticipated of the seasons, particularly after the unusually cold and snowy winter we’ve just had. Many spring vegetables are brief visitors (blink and you’ll miss the asparagus and purple sprouting broccoli) but all the more appreciated because of this. With the exception of rhubarb, local seasonal fruits are few and far between – we have been supplementing our kitchen with delicious frozen berries, canned soft fruits.
Seasonal fruits and vegetables for Spring
asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, mushrooms, potatoes, chicory, cabbage, rhubarb, leeks, spinach, spring onions, purple-sprouting broccoli, new potatoes, cauliflower, radishes, carrots, watercress
Meal and snack ideas for Spring
Treat asparagus simply; griddled and topped with a few shavings of parmesan and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar
Dress sliced radishes, drained white beans and crumbled Wensleydale cheese in a honey and mustard dressing for a tasty lunch
Make a frittata using sautéed sliced spring onions, mushrooms, aparagus and eggs. Finish the frittata under the grill with a light scattering of feta cheese.
Blend humous with watercress using a food processor for a spread to use in sandwiches and as a dip for the new season’s baby vegetables
Start your day with a “thickie” style smoothie made with yogurt, rhubarb compote, ginger and oats
Top steamed purple sprouting broccoli with a poached egg
Make a lighter cottage pie using minced chicken or lentils flavoured with lemon zest, tarragon and crème fraiche. Top with a mix of mashed potato, spring onions and splash of milk
Roast heads of chicory in a oven tray coated in olive oil, orange juice, orange zest, salt and pepper
Steam or boil a head of broccoli and a roughly chopped onion. Puree the cooked vegetables in a blender, adding lemon juice, salt and pepper. Serve the hot puree over pasta sprinkled with a mix of crumbled feta cheese, lemon zest and chopped mint
Stir chopped spinach leaves into any curry, casserole or soup for a nutritional boost.
Accompany grilled trout with a side dish of baby carrots with plums and chilli
Marinade firm tofu in a honey, chilli and five spice marinade and serve with a thai-inspired hot and sour rhubarb sauce
Enjoy the last of the brussels sprouts in a quick stir-fry with leftover brown rice, egg, chilli, ginger and garlic
Make a classic Soup au Pistou. Sauté onion, garlic, carrot, celery and leek in a little olive oil. Add vegetable stock, white beans, canned tomatoes, chopped parsley and thyme. and simmer gently. Top with homemade or bought pesto
Mix canned salmon with low fat yogurt and horseradish sauce. Use this salmon mixture and watercress for a peppery sandwich filling.
Local fruit options are limited at this time of year so try nutritious defrosted frozen berries with yogurt and flaked almonds
I hope you enjoy the list and find a few new suggestions for eating seasonal fruit and vegetables. My lovely Australian blog
readers might enjoy the Autumn seasonal fruit and vegetable guide published on Mostly Eating last year.
I’m hoping to post a Summer guide in late June. If you don’t already subscribe to Mostly Eating but would like to hear about the Summer edition, look for the “Get our updates free” notice near the top of the page to subscribe for new posts by email or in your RSS reader.