British seasonal food in April

Welcome to my guide to the best British seasonal food in April. Pick these ingredients fresh this month from your allotment or kitchen garden, or find some tasty treats via a good greengrocer or your neighbourhood box scheme.

Enjoy April’s new green shoots and help yourself to spinach, leaf beet, turnip tops and chard, and look out for ‘hungry gap’ varieties of kale. You can also find fresh herbs, oriental greens and salads this month that have been grown under cover. Other monthly seasonal treats include wild Spring mushrooms, brown crab, and imported exotic fruits.

Here’s what’s at its best right now:

British fruit in season in April

British seasonal fruit in April and imports UK fruits in season
Clockwise from top left: apples, pineapple, rhubarb, Alphonso mangoes

British grown fruit

  • apples (from store)
  • rhubarb (outdoor grown)

Best imported seasonal fruit

  • Alphonso mangoes
  • pineapples

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Vegetables in season in April

British Seasonal Food in April vegetables veg UK
Clockwise from top left: asparagus, purple sprouting broccoli, Jersey Royal new potatoes, spring greens

  • 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

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

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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.]

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Wild / foraged food in season in April

British Seasonal Food in April wild foraged food uk
Clockwise from top left: nettle tops, rock samphire, wild garlic, morel mushrooms

  • 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.]

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Fish in season in April

British Seasonal Food in April fish shellfish seafood UK
Clockwise from top left: red gurnard, pollock, brown crab, plaice

Fish in season in April, sustainable

The availability of fish and seafood varies a lot around different areas of the UK, and it changes in response to conservation, overfishing and general weather conditions. With that in mind, these are your most sustainable in-season fish options for this month:

  • clams (farmed Manila)
  • coley / saithe
  • crab (brown)
  • gurnard (red)
  • herring / sild
  • lobster (European)
  • plaice
  • pollock
  • prawns
  • sprat / whitebait

[Your location in the UK may affect which types of fish are most readily available. To the best of my knowledge, the list above excludes critically endangered fish but please visit The Good Fish Guide from the Marine Conservation Society for the latest lists as they can change quite significantly from year to year.]

Fish in season in April, less sustainable

You might also be able to source these sustainably from responsible fishmongers:

  • brown shrimp
  • razor clams
  • langoustines / scampi
  • native oysters
  • whelks

[In good condition almost all year: herring/sild, farmed halibut, farmed sea bream and turbot, megrim sole, sustainably-fished monkfish, rope-grown mussels, prawns, rainbow trout.]

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Meat, poultry and game in season in April

British Seasonal Food in April meat game and poultry UK
Left to right: roe deer, Welsh lamb

  • roe buck deer
  • spring lamb
  • Welsh lamb

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

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Cheese in season in April

British Seasonal Food in April cheese cheeses UK and French
Clockwise from top left: ewe’s milk cheese, Single Gloucester, Celtic Capra goat cheese, Coulommiers

British-made seasonal cheeses in April

  • ewe’s milk cheeses
  • fresh flavoured goat’s milk cheeses
  • Single Gloucester (hay-fed cow’s milk cheese)

Imported seasonal cheeses in April

  • Coulommiers

[Many quality mature cheeses are available year-round, especially hard cheeses.]

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I really fancied a treat so I’ve ordered some British asparagus to enjoy over the Easter weekend, so that’s a little taste of luxury I’m very much looking forward to.

At some point I’m going to take a long walk to the nearest greengrocer as well, and hunt down some of my favourite fragrant Alphonso mangoes too, because there’s nothing quite like them and you can only buy them for a couple of weeks or so in April.

Which April seasonal foods are going on your shopping list this month? Do you have any favourite recipes for this time of year?

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