UK season fruits and vegetables to eat in May

May 13, 2020

Do you want to know how to get most of the fruits and vegetables during the season? If so, you've come to the right place!

I really would like to have a home garden which supplies us with the fruits and vegetables fully. However, I would need to double the size of it. What about local markets? Do you shop there? In Birmingham, there is an abundance of them. Sometimes I pop in the Bullring Open Market on my way home. What makes this so special? Not only, the quality of the products are much better but also prices are hard to beat. Tell me, in what supermarket you find a bowl of the avocados for £1 or £2? Yes, you read that right.

I don’t know about you, but I always forget what fruits and vegetables are in season now. I definitely need a cheat sheet. Sometimes I only have some glimpses of memory showing my mum bakes different kinds of cake during specific seasons. I remember in the spring it's rhubarb, in the summer strawberries and in apples and pears in winter. That's it.

Seasonal vs Non-seasonal

Let’s dig a little deeper. The key is to get as much goodness as possible. It means it's very important to skip the storage process. During storage, these products not only loose a lot of their nutritional value but also the starch and pectin break down, unfavorable simple sugars are formed, and the firmness of fruits and vegetables is reduced. Sounds bad, doesn't it? For instance, the vitamin C contained in cabbage reduces by up to 20 percent while storing it and potatoes lose as much as 70 percent of their vitamin C! Moreover, seasonal food is much cheaper than their out of season counterparts and it was proven that their carbon footprint is often lower than unseasonal fruit and vegetables. Astonishing, isn’t it?

Tip while choosing seasonal food

There is one important rule that should be followed when buying seasonal fruits and vegetables. The more intense the color of the fruit, the more purple, red or green, the more nutrients it contains and will affect our well-being and appearance.

Fruits in Season in May

  • Rhubarb

Vegetables in Season in May

  • Asparagus

  • Broccoli

  • Carrots

  • Cauliflower

  • Cucumber

  • Jersey Royal New Potatoes

  • Lettuce (Lamb’s and Curly)

  • Peas

  • Radish

  • Rocket

  • Samphire

  • Spinach

  • Spring Onions

  • Watercress

  • Wild Nettles

Herbs in Season in May

  • Basil

  • Chervil

  • Chives

  • Coriander

  • Dill

  • Mint

  • Nasturtium

  • Oregano

  • Parsley

  • Rosemary

  • Sage

  • Sorrel

  • Tarragon

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