SPRING produce

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Even though the thought of Spring usually brings to mind fields of flowers and green shoots, the amount of fruit and vegetables available is not a lot. Flowers haven’t yet turned to fruit and most of those green shoots are not yet ready to be picked.

Luckily many of the vegetables associated with winter are still around with their late crops and can help the seasonal cook tide over until fruits are ripe and vegetables are mature. And we can still make ourselves happy by thinking about all the gorgeous fruits and vegetables coming our way, especially those delicious berries that can be found towards the end of Spring.

If you need to make those heavy winter root vegetables feel lighter, you are in luck, because many herbs are in season throughout Spring.

This list is based on the UK growing season, where the climate is mostly temperate maritime with cool winters and warm summers and lots of rain, but no extreme temperatures. If you live in a different area, your seasonal produce will be different than this one.

Herbs

  • Basil
  • Chervil
  • Chives
  • Coriander
  • Dill
  • Oregano
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Sorrel
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme (late Spring)

Fruit

  • Apricots (late Spring)
  • Bilberries (late Spring)
  • Blueberries (late Spring)
  • Bananas
  • Blackcurrants (late Spring)
  • Cherries (late Spring)
  • Gooseberries (late Spring)
  • Greengages (late Spring)
  • Kiwi
  • Peaches (late Spring)
  • Raspberries (late Spring)
  • Redcurrants (late Spring)
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries (mid and late Spring)

Vegetables

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Aubergine
  • Beetroot (early Spring)
  • Broad beans (late Spring)
  • Broccoli (late Spring)
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac
  • Chicory
  • Chillies
  • Courgette
  • Cucumber (early Spring)
  • Elderflower
  • Fennel (late Spring)
  • Kale (early Spring)
  • Leeks (very early Spring)
  • Lettuce
  • Marrow
  • Morel mushrooms
  • New potatoes
  • Parsnips
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Purple sprouting broccoli (early Spring)
  • Radish
  • Rocket
  • Samphire
  • Spinach
  • Spring green
  • Spring onion
  • Watercress
  • Wild nettles

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