Food in season: April

Spring! I told you it would come. Now, let’s face it, with COVID-19 knocking on everyone’s doors this month hasn’t come quite as expected. Most of us are staying in, quite a few of us are going a bit mad and some are trying to ignore an irresistible air of panic that seems to be hanging around quite thickly. However, it is also a time of opportunity. A little more time for cooking experiments perhaps, a renewed motivation to support local businesses or reach out to neighbours in need.

There’s a certain rebirth in that’s in season in April too. This month we have lettuce and dover sole pulling us closer to the warmer weather. It’s when salads start to change their nature – fewer hearty kale varieties are on offer and more herby delicate options begin to appear. Nonetheless it’s reassuring to know that for the days when April Showers blight us or coronavirus overwhelms us there are still comforting foods in season*, whether it’s the ingredients for a rhubarb crumble or cauliflower cheese.

* note that there will always be something comforting in season

Vegetables

Cabbage
Cauliflower
Celeriac
Chervil
Green garlic
Lettuce
New potatoes
Onions
Pak choi
Peas
Pepper
Potato
Purple sprouting broccoli
Radicchio
Radish
Spinach
Spring greens
Spring onions
Watercress

Fish and seafood

Anchovies
Barramundi
Brill
Clams
Cockles
Cod
Crab
Crayfish
Dover sole
Halibut
Langoustines
Monkfish
Octopus
Oysters
Razor clams
Red snapper
Salmon
Sea bass
Turbot

Fruit

Banana
Grapefruit
Pomegranate
Rhubarb

Meat and game

Pork
Spring lamb
Chicken