Spring is upon us! Get ready to make the September seasonal change knowing what’s in at the markets and what should be in your kitchen garden.
At the markets
The early-bird summer fruits of mangoes & nectarines are here -they are still quite tart but just seeing them lifts your spirits! But the summery vibe doesn’t stop there; pineapples are sweetening up and there are berries berries everywhere.
The best flavour is way off but you can still get your mango fix from this early-bird produce.
Spring vegetables are a whole lotta green. Look forward to freshening up your recipes with artichokes, broad beans, asparagus, spring onions and peas.
Spring means green (and a lots of it!)
At its best
Potatoes are slightly floury in texture, which makes them perfect for roasting – get that crispy skin and fluffy inside.
Fat fennel bulbs are a bargain this week as well - perfect shaved with lemon juice & olive oil in a salad.
In the kitchen garden
Keep an eye out for the first of the asparagus spears pushing their way from the soil into the springtime air. Picked straight from the garden, these sweet tender anti-inflammatoryy shoots always make there way into my mouth before the plate...a spear a day keeps the wrinkles away! Our lettuce & kale are going crazy and the peas are climbing vigorously.
It’s time to sow seeds of the cucumber family, so get those cucumbers, zucchinis and pumpkins in the ground and ready to grow! And if you have space, now is also the perfect time for melons....ours always self seed!
If you need a little inspiration for planting your Kitchen Garden! Visit this C18th F&V garden at Chateau de la Bussiere! AMAZING!