The foods that we eat have a huge impact on our health and well being. Eating a healthy balanced diet containing fresh produce that is in season will be an investment to you and your health. When a food is in season it contains the highest levels of vitamins and minerals, and will generally taste amazing! I use the British Seasonal Chart from New Covent Garden Market https://www.newcoventgardenmarket.com/fruit-veg/british-seasonal-calendar which gives you a full breakdown of fruit and vegetables that we grow in the UK and when they are at their best!
There will be some of my favourites every month on this page...
Us Brits are famous for our strawberries. Generally if the weather has been kind to us they are readily available from June to August. They ripen just before the tennis season starts which is why many of us associate them with Wimbledon. Strawberries are simply delicious when in season and have a beautiful unique aroma. These small fruits are packed with vitamin C & K, full of fibre and contain high levels of antioxidants. They are sodium free, fat free, cholesterol free and low in calories. Eating a bowl of strawberries provides more vitamin C than an orange.
Strawberries are a wonderfully versatile fruit and can be enjoyed on their own, with yoghurt, made into a delicious smoothie or can be used as a salad ingredient.
Packed with vitamins A, C and folic acid, Pea Shoots are a delicious, nutritious modern slant on the classic British garden pea. Pea Shoots are a nutritious leaf with high levels of vitamin C and vitamin A. A 50g bag of these tasty greens offers more than half of the RDA for vitamin C, a quarter of the RDA for vitamin A and significant amounts of folic acid. It is great news that this healthy and simple to prepare British vegetable leaf is now readily available to consumers. They used to be available from April onwards but as now so popular they are grown all year round in the UK!
Pea Shoots are low in fat and with just 9 calories per 50g bag
and 14 calories per 80g vegetable portion (equivalent to a small bowlful),
they are a delicious addition to any diet. Quick to prepare they provide
a tasty and convenient way to help people achieve their ‘5 a day’ – especially
as they are ideal partners for other vegetables whether served hot or as part
of a mixed salad. Daily salad eaters have also been found to have better
intakes and blood levels of vitamin C, folic acid and carotenoids such as
beta-carotene (which the body can convert to vitamin A).
As part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, the nutrients found in pea shoots can help to maintain health and well being and taste absolutely delicious!
Fennel was traditionally used to aid digestion as it contains chemicals that soothe your stomach. Fennel is high in potassium and has many health benefits. Drinking fennel tea can help relieve bloating and flatulence. It is in season in the UK from July right through to November. It is a wonderfully versatile vegetable and It can be eaten raw in a salad or roasted which really enhances its a unusual flavour. Fennel pairs beautifully with freshly cut orange. I am truly addicted to eating fennel so you will find it in lots of my recipes!
Raspberries are probably the easiest fruit to eat, no peeling, no cutting, just a simple rinse under cold water, then they are ready to eat. Raspberries are a super fruit as contain vitamin C, copper, folate and manganese. They have a low GI which basically means they slowly release their sugar into your bloodstream, which avoids those horrible sugar spikes. Raspberries are ridiculously delicious and extremely moreish! They are in season in the UK from July to October (weather permitting). Buy frozen raspberries in the winter months as they will have been picked at their peak still containing high levels of vitamin c and anti-oxidants.
Beetroots are very much a superfood, containing high amounts of nitrates which help keep your heart and blood healthy. Drinking freshly extracted beetroot juice can help muscles recover after exercise and there have been some studies stating that drinking beetroot juice can enhance your performance. Raw beets contain vitamin A, vitamin B1, B2 & B6, niacin, calcium, zinc, copper, magnesium and selenium, hence why they are called a superfood! They are delicious grated into salad, spiralized and roasted. Keep the skin on when roasted for optimum nutrition and its easier to peel off once they are cooked. They are in season in the UK from July through to October!
Radishes are root vegetable from the Brassica family and are relatives to cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, turnips and kale. There are several varieties, colours and shapes. They are a good source of vitamin C, B6 & K and contain small amounts of several minerals including potassium, folate, niacin, calcium, magnesium, zinc and copper. They are a good source of fibre and a natural anti-fungal. They are simply delicious eaten fresh, try adding them to your salads, grating them into coleslaw for an extra crunch or griddle them to add them to a burger. Radish pickles very well, which creates an extra crunch and a real depth of flavour.
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