Seasonal Foods (And What To Do With Them): May

in Nov 30, 2023

Photo by Eneida Nieves.

Well, it’s another month, and that means more seasonal fruit and vegetables to enjoy! Here’s our roundup of some of the best produce to grab in May…

 

Asparagus

 

Generally, there’s really no denying the wonder of asparagus (well, if you like it of course…). But it’s very hard to beat the quality and taste of seasonally-picked asparagus. The season is very brief, running from May until July. So if you’re a fan of this green wonder, now’s the time to get eating!

Recipe idea: roast asparagus.

 

 Blackcurrants

 

Blackcurrants are another short season wonder, running again (according to BBC Good Food’s seasonal calendar) from May until July. This makes blackcurrants a truly special fruit for those early summer days.

Recipe ideas: blackcurrant jam, blackcurrant marscapone cheesecake.

 

Strawberries

 

Surely, strawberry season must be one of the most anticipated food events of the year? What in the world is more delightful than that first bite of that first strawberry of the year? It’s not quite in full swing yet, but it’s getting there. So keep those strawberry sensors on the lookout.

Recipe ideas: easy strawberry mousse, strawberry tart.

 

Chervil

 

Described by the BBC as looking like “a petite feathery version of flatleaf parsley”, Chervil is a herb with a “sweet aniseed” flavour. It might be that you’ve never heard of it before. It might be that you already love it. Either way, it’s in season now so why not give it a try?

Recipe idea: Tom Kerridge’s Hardcore Coleslaw.

 

Eating seasonal

 

For more information on seasonal eating, you can take a look at these fantastic resources: Eat The Seasons (a wonderfully simple website with week-to-week updates on what’s in season in the uk), and Eat Seasonably (another simple and informative resource, featuring a brilliant seasonal food wheel).