What to Eat in Spring

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Eat the Seasons - Spring Spotlight

By Patricia Romero from Heal Collective

Welcome to Heal Collective’s ‘Eat the seasons’ series, which highlights the best fruits and vegetables in season in the UK.

For us at Dosage and Heal Collective, we find it important to eat food that is in-season, organic and locally sourced if possible. Our goal is to have our food reflect nature and to have our bodies be in sync with our surroundings.

Why do we do this?

Eating seasonally is so important. Seasonal, local and organic food nourishes our bodies due to higher nutrient content and better farming practices, and cooking with the seasons means choosing fruits and vegetables that are at the peak of freshness and flavour.

There’s evidence that picking seasonal food is great for the environment. Growing seasonal food requires fewer resources, therefore leaves a lower carbon footprint. Buying local also avoids the food from being in transit for a few days or weeks, which also means that there are no preservatives and the nutrients are all there. It’s also a great way to be innovative in the kitchen and the create new recipes every season.

Spotlight on Spring

Spring signifies the end of cold and rainy winter days and a growing abundance of produce. There are new varieties of fresh vegetables and herbs growing, as well as rhubarb harvest being in full swing. Rhubarb and asparagus are peaking in May, along with peas and so many herbs.

What’s in season in Spring in the UK?

Here’s a breakdown of the fruits, vegetables and herbs being harvested. Note that some food that’s been growing the previous month might still be picked in Spring months. The best way to have access to the freshest ingredients is to head down to your local farmers’ market and have a chat with the local growers.

Herbs

Basil

Chervil

Chives

Coriander

Dill

Oregano

Mint

Nasturtium

Parsley (curly)

Rosemary

Sage

Sorrel

Tarragon

Fruit

Apricots

Rhubarb

Vegetables

Asparagus

Broccoli

Cabbage (Spring Green)

Cauliflower

Cucumber

Kale

Lettuce

Potatoes (Jersey Royal New Potatoes)

Peas

Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Radishes

Rocket

Samphire

Spinach

Spring Onions

Watercress

Wild Nettles

You can expect many seasonal recipes on Dosage. To stay up to date, follow us on Instagram @healcollective and join us at one of our upcoming events.

What is your number one spring fruit, vegetable or herb?