The Flavours of May.

Eating seasonal food means eating fresh and that means the food you’re eating has higher nutritional content. Our bodies have different nutritional needs at particular times of the year and seasonal foods offer the minerals and trace elements that we are likely to require. It is often cheaper too and especially helps support local British farmers who work to look after the countryside. We’re sure you’ll agree that these are all good reasons among many more.

But we digress, produce that has ripened naturally tastes better exactly as nature intended. That’s a sure winner. It's all about flavours, and that’s something we know a thing or two about.

May is here so the amount of fresh British produce available will now increase. British apples and pears are still on the shelves for a few more weeks. Look out for Bright Red Royal Gala apples. Conference pears are sweet and juicy and perfect for snacks, or why not try with a plate of cheese and biscuits. There is some delicious produce on our list which only grows overseas, but it is also in season now.

Vegetables: asparagus, broccoli, jersey royal new potatoes, lettuce & salad leaves, new potatoes, radishes, rocket, samphire, spinach, spring onions, watercress, wild nettles

Fruits:  Braeburn apples, conference pears, bananas (Windward), kiwi fruit, rhubarb, royal gala apples

Herbs/nuts: basil, chervil, chives, coriander, dill, mint, nasturtium, parsley (curly), rosemary, sorrel, tarragon

Meat: lamb, wood pigeon

Fish: cod, coley, crab, haddock, langoustine, plaice, prawns, salmon, sardines, sea trout, shrimp, whelks, whitebait

That's a wealth of flavours and a great starting point for inspiration to create some wonderful spring seasonal tastes.