British seasonal food in April

British seasonal food in April in season ingredients foods uk

Seasonal food tastes great and it’s often cheaper too. Here’s what to buy at the market, or pick from your kitchen garden this April.

Enjoy fresh bursts of green and help yourself to overwintered spinach, leaf beet, turnip tops and chard. You can also find fresh herbs, oriental greens and salads that have been grown under cover. Other seasonal treats include wild Spring mushrooms, lobster and crab, and imported exotic fruits.

FRUIT IN SEASON IN APRIL

Apples (from store), rhubarb (outdoor)

BEST IMPORTED SEASONAL FRUIT

Alphonso mangoes (towards the end of the month), pineapples

VEGETABLES IN SEASON IN APRIL

Asparagus (early spears), celeriac, chard, Jersey Royal potatoes, kale, leaf beet (perpetual spinach), leeks, lettuce and other salad leaves, parsnips, purple sprouting broccoli, radishes, seakale, spinach, spring greens and spring cabbage, spring onions, turnip tops, watercress

You can also find leafy crops grown under cover, such as oriental greens.

Available most months in good condition: broccoli, button mushrooms, carrots, cauliflower, maincrop potatoes, onions, rocket.

HERBS IN SEASON IN APRIL

Basil, chervil, chives, lovage, mint, parsley, sorrel, tarragon, thyme

Always available: chives, coriander, parsley grown under cover; older leaves of hardy perennials like bay, rosemary, sage, thyme.

WILD / FORAGED FOOD IN SEASON IN APRIL

Morel mushrooms, nettle tops, St George’s mushrooms, samphire (rock), wild garlic

Take great care when foraging as it’s easy to confuse edible and poisonous ingredients.

FISH IN SEASON IN APRIL

Brown shrimp, cockles, coley, crab, cuttlefish, john dory, langoustine, lobster, red mullet, oysters (native), plaice, sea trout (and brown trout), winkles

To the best of my knowledge, the list above excludes critically endangered fish. Visit The Good Fish Guide from the Marine Conservation Society for latest lists.

FISH IN SEASON IN APRIL, LESS SUSTAINABLE

Elvers, wild salmon

In good condition almost all year: herring, farmed sea bream and turbot, megrim sole, sustainably-fished monkfish, rope-grown mussels, prawns.

MEAT, POULTRY AND GAME IN SEASON IN APRIL

Spring lamb, Welsh lamb

Always available in good condition: beef, chicken, pork, rabbit, farmed venison, wood pigeon.

CHEESE IN SEASON IN APRIL

Ewe’s milk cheeses, fresh-flavoured goat cheeses, Single Gloucester. Imported: Coulommiers.

Many quality mature cheeses are available year-round.

 

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