Despite the arrival of warmer weather, springtime is a very lean period for British fruit and veg. Known as the 'hungry gap', it is the time in between the end of winter crops and the harvest of new season's veg.
However, some seasonal fruit and veg are still available - keep an eye out for:
Purple-sprouting broccoli: reaching the end of it's season, but is available throughout April
Spring greens: did you know these are actually a cabbage?
Rhubarb: following the winter season of 'forced' rhubarb, field-grown rhubarb is harvested from April onwards
Asparagus: the asparagus season in the UK is short - make the most of it between late April and late June
New potatoes: such as Jersey Royals
Cauliflowers: the winter variety are available until May
Radishes: these fast growing roots are usually available in April, they're part of the mustard family
Wild garlic: if you're looking for foraging opportunities, head to your local woodlands to hunt for pungent wild garlic leaves!
Spring is a busy time for farmers and home-growers, as warmer weather and longer days makes it perfect for planting! Here's a few recommendations for planting and propagating from late-March to May:
Beetroot: start sowing your summer crop of beetroot outside from March onwards
Spinach: sow from early spring to the middle of June
Kale: sow in April or May
Onion & shallots: get planting outside as soon as the last frost has passed
Radish: sow outside
Carrots: plant outside in loose, sandy soil in early spring to harvest in the autumn
Courgette & squash: autumn veg you can begin to sow indoors
Leeks: sow outside for harvesting from September onwards
Make sure to use seasonal spring greens in this recipe from renowned eco-chef Tom hunt to complement the sweet beetroot and strained labneh yoghurt
Following the winter season of forced rhubarb, grown in sheds, field-grown rhubarb emerges from April onwards. Try this delicious recipe from Tom Hunt for your breakfast
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@JamesMcIntyreBr Great to hear - thanks James.