The idea of eating food in season can seem quite irrelevant these days, due to globalisation and the development of modern technology. However, eating seasonally is far easier and more important than you might think. Food products that are in season need fewer chemicals to preserve the food. This means that the prices of these foods are less expensive.
Fruit and veg require certain climates and temperatures to grow. When grown out of season, chemicals must be added to boost growth in unfavorable climates. If you don’t want to digest these chemicals, then eating in season is the way to go. There are many fruits, vegetables and even fish, which are more abundant than ever in spring.
Here are just a few:
Rhubarb - Rhubarb should be cooked with sweet foods in order to reduce its strong, tarty flavour. It is packed with vitamins and minerals, making it a very healthy food. On it’s own, rhubarb can be used to make crumbles, pies and purées, and rhubarb chutney can be served with fish, meat and cheese, giving you a more savoury option.Warm rhubarb and apple crumble with vanilla ice cream on the side makes a delicious dessert,while a rhubarb smoothie topped off with custard and granola makes a perfect start to the day.
Apples - Although most apples go out of season by the end of winter, spring apples do exist.
Bramleys can be used throughout spring as baking apples. They can be used to make apple crumble, apple strudel or even thrown in with parsnips to make a soup. An apple and orange glaze goes perfectly with baked chicken as a marinade.
Kanzi, Gala, Jazz and Braeburn can all be eaten throughout Spring and are defined as ‘eating apples’. They can be eaten as snacks, or used in a fruit salad. Braeburn apples, oats and honey combine to make delicious baked apples.
Bananas - Known to be high in potassium and many other vitamins and minerals, bananas are very versatile and can be incorporated into your diet in many different ways.
Banana smoothies are a great way to wake you up in the morning, filling you with all the nutrients required to get your day off to a good start, or if you need something more substantial banana bread is a delicious option. Bananas, oats and raisins baked together in flapjacks make for a tasty dessert.
You might also want to try adding bananas to curries, as the sweetness of the fruit balances out the spiciness having a similar effect to that of butternut squash.
Avocado - Surprisingly, avocados are classed as a fruit. In fact they’re actually classed as a berry due to the large seed in the middle.
With even more potassium than a banana and an abundance of protein, this superfood can be used in various ways. Enjoy avocado on toast,a healthy quinoa and avocado salad, or whip up into creamy guacamole, and use as a dip.
Spring Onions - As the name suggests, spring onions are in season throughout spring. They are such a versatile food, and can be used in soups, salads and even to add some depth to a standard meatball recipe.
Spring onion soup is a classic, yet very easy and quick to make. Perfect for a cold, rainy spring day.
Asparagus - Loaded with nutrients, asparagus is incredibly tasty.
Soft boiled duck eggs with bacon and asparagus soldiers is an inventive way to create a delicious meal with this spring vegetable. Tuna and eggs pair extremely well with asparagus and can be made into a quick and easy salad. Alternatively if you’re after something more filling, you could challenge yourself in the kitchen and cook up a deliciously warming salmon and asparagus quiche.
Plaice - Spring marks the beginning of the plaice season here in the UK. Like most other white fish, plaice is a versatile ingredient, which can be used in a wide variety of recipes.
Plaice can replace cod or haddock in the classic fish and chips or pair perfectly with tartare sauce for an easy dinner-party dish to enjoy with friends. Plaice and mint chutney rolls are a great little snack, or can work as an unusual and clever starter as well.
So, not only is it easy to eat in season, it’ll also save you a few pounds while doing it. Sounds like a good idea to us, what do you think?
Take a look at our handy infographic, which details which foods are in season and when. You can print it out and stick it up in your kitchen, take it to the supermarket with you or pass it on to your friends.
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