Flavours of Spring

Spring recipes

March, April, May

Spring marks the transition from winter to summer.  The days are longer and the nights are shorter. For me spring means blossoms on the trees, bees dancing around and newborn lambs on the hills. Spring excites me, as the new season produce is inspirational; lighter dishes take pride of place on our menus.

At it’s best during March…

Brussels Sprouts, Beetroot, Broccoli, Crab, Carrots, Celeriac, Chicory, Clams, Cockles, Cauliflower, Eel, Hake, john Dory, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kale, lobster, Lemon Sole, Leeks, Mussels, Oysters, Parsnips, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Red Chicory and Radicchio, Spinach, Salmon, Scallops, Skate, Swede, Salad Onions, Sorrel, Sea Bass, Rhubarb, Turnips, Trout, Winkles.

Wild Foods for March…
Fat Hen, Garlic Mustard, Horseradish, Lime Leaves, Morel Mushrooms, Sea Beet, Wild Garlic.

Special Celebrations During March…

St’Patricks Day, Mothers Day, First Day of Spring (around the 21st). British Summer Time (Last Sunday of March)

At it’s best during April…

Broccoli, Carrots, Cucumber, Cabbages, Cockles, Crab, Cauliflower, Eel, Halibut, Jersey Royal New Potatoes, John Dory, Leeks, Lettuces, Lobster, Lemon Sole, Mint, Mackerel, Mussels, New Potatoes, Oyster, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Radishes, Rhubarb, Rocket, Rosemary, Spring Greens, Sea Kale, Salmon, Sardines, Salsify, Sea Bass, Sea Trout, Spinach, Sorrel, Spring Onions, Spring Lamb, Whelks, Winkles, Watercress.

Wild Foods for April…

Chickweed, Dandelion, Hop Shoots, Hogweed, Hawthorn Berries, Nettles, St Georges Mushrooms, Sea Beet, Morel Mushrooms, Woodpigeon, Wild Garlic.

Special Celebrations During April…

Easter, Queens Birthday, St Georges Day

At it’s best during May…

British Asparagus, Broad Beans, Broccoli, Cockles, Coley, Chicory, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Cod, Crab, Fennel, Halibut, Herring, John Dory, Jersey Royal, Kohlrabi, Lemon Sole, Lobster, Mint, Mackerel, New Potatoes, Nasturtium Flowers and Leaves, Radishes, Rocket, Sorrel, Sea Bass, Salmon, Sea Trout, Pollack, Plaice, Salmon, Sardines, Spring Onions, Spring Lamb, Rhubarb, Winkles, Whelks, Watercress.

Wild Foods for May…

Borage Flowers, Elderflowers, Marsh Samphire, Nettles, Sorrel, Sea Purslane, Wild Garlic, Wild Mint, Woodpigeon.

Special Celebrations During May…

Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling