Eat In Season: Spring Foods

I look up quite regularly what ingredients are in season as each season arrives. This is because when vegetables are a-plenty, they tend to be a lot cheaper. They are also full of plenty of goodness, being naturally grown, rather than grown artificially. So I’ve been told. I also find that if we branch out with a new veg, we’re forced to try new recipes, sometimes they’re a hit and sometimes my baby beasts spit that stuff out and eat a plate of back-up fishfingers. This month spring has sprung and we’re eating spring foods.

spring foods

So, here is a list of fruit and vegetables which are in season this spring:

  • Asparagus
  • Peas
  • Apricots
  • Beetroot
  • Fennel
  • Beans
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Strawberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Mango
  • Watercress
  • Lettuce
  • Pineapple

If you have a local farmers market near you or farm shop, perhaps even a pick-your-own, then nip down there to see the deals you can pick up on the above. Farms are stocking plenty (if it’s native to Britain of course) and are wanting to sell as much of their produce off as possible without waste. Supermarkets are also stocking themselves up with the above, so you’ll notice some brilliant deals as you roam their fruit and vegetables aisles. This is why things like nectarines are £1.50 for months in the supermarket, then £3 all of a sudden. Because they’re not in season, their price goes up. So I only buy certain foods when they’re in season, we can’t afford to eat out of season!

I might start a seasonal recipe once a week, so I will see if there’s any interest in this. But until then…

A few things you could make with these spring foods are:

  • A strawberry smoothie
  • Rhubarb crumble
  • Roasted asparagus
  • Fennel curry
  • Beetroot salad (with those lettuce leaves and watercress)

There are of course plenty more ingredients in season right now but these, for us, are the most popular and easy to come by.

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21 Comments

  1. Fran Back With A Bump
    May 9, 2016 / 6:31 am

    I definitely make the most of in season fruit and veg. I love asparagus and we’re lucky to have a great fruit and veg stall in town where fruit and veg us really cheap. 4 avocados for £1 yes please! #marvmondays

    • firstooth
      May 9, 2016 / 7:03 am

      Gosh that’s really cheap!!!

  2. May 9, 2016 / 10:59 am

    I have always wanted to get better at eating with the seasons, not only because it is cheaper and full of goodness but also because I think it just makes sense (we dress with the seasons so why not eat with them too?!) But I find it utterly disorientating in the supermarket trying to work out which foods are in season and which aren’t as they seem to be stocked full of everything! I shall definitely be trying to plan my shop a bit better from now on #sharethejoy

    • firstooth
      May 9, 2016 / 11:57 am

      It’s not always very clear in the shops which food is currently in season (check back here monthly for updates ) but the best indication is a low price. Pop a little list in your bag next time you shop of all the fruit and veg in season and I reckon you’ll notice a difference in their freshness and their price. At least I hope you do!

  3. May 9, 2016 / 11:04 am

    Over here in Spain the local markets only stock in season fruit and vegetables and it’s ridiculously cheap! We stock up once a week and we’re all eating far healthier and for cheaper.

    • firstooth
      May 9, 2016 / 11:55 am

      Spain have the right idea! I’ve always noticed that when we’ve visited Spain or France that their markets are filled with colourful fruits and veg but I didn’t realise they were always those that were in season. It really does help encourage a healthy family meal and the money saving is a bonus!

  4. May 9, 2016 / 11:28 am

    Now the Fennel Curry has really caught my attention, and it is something I am going to google right now x

    • firstooth
      May 9, 2016 / 11:59 am

      A nice amount of fennel, a little cumin, garlic, curry paste, chopped tomatoes and stock and finish with a swirl or cream to accompany rice. Delicious! X

  5. May 9, 2016 / 11:38 am

    How I love this Lizzie because eating with the seasons is something that I’ve always aspired to but never managed! That said I do have strawberries and lettuce in the fridge this week so I can perhaps give myself a pat on the back for that 🙂 Thanks for linking up at #sharethejoy again this week – great to have you there x

  6. May 9, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    I have become a big fan of asparagus, I do like it wrapped and then served though, not that I am too picky 😉

  7. May 9, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    Don’t you just love fresh fruit and veg that is in season? I lament that the asparagus season is so short – and that it is so expensive. Luckily my 3 kids are not keen so we get to eat it all ourselves!

  8. May 9, 2016 / 8:11 pm

    You can’t beat eating in season, I ma picking all the wold garlic from the farm to cook with this month #MarvMondays

  9. May 10, 2016 / 9:24 am

    I am a big believer in eating seasonal food, strawberries are very popular here

  10. May 11, 2016 / 6:15 pm

    In the regular supermarket, besides knowing the normal prices, it’s super hard to tell which fruits and veggies are in season. This is a wonderful list, and one that will accompany me to the grocery store this spring! Of course, all the farmer’s markets around here are opening up for the year and I can’t wait to start buying locally! Thank you so much for sharing this <3

    • firstooth
      May 11, 2016 / 8:42 pm

      Actually lots of people have said this, maybe a board at the end of an aisle would be useful to show shoppers what’s in season. But until then keep my list to hand

  11. May 11, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    This is brilliant thank you – my mother and I were talking about this today! Kaz x

  12. May 13, 2016 / 7:13 am

    Great list. My favourite is most definitely asparagus. We have in stir frys, with poached eggs or to accompany a nice piece of steak. Love eating with the seasons. It also makes you think more about what you are eating.

  13. May 13, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    Such a great idea. I love lots of the spring fruit and veg that is in season at the moment and we are definitely making an effort to make the most of it. I’d like to see what recipes you come up with if you do decide to go ahead with this, I always need a bit of inspiration in the kitchen with little ones 😉 Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Emily

  14. May 19, 2016 / 6:40 pm

    Hi Lizzie,

    I have noticed that Spring and Summer foods are lighter and easier to make. Salads and smoothies to start with! As for deals, I always check the farmer’s market before I got to the store. I value quality over quantity. Great post, thank you for sharing your favorite spring foods!

    Zaria

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