Radishes Photo ©Evie Saffron Strands
So, what new season produce can we expect to come through our doors in MAY?
Asparagus and outdoor-grown Rhubarb from our Kent grower throughout May. English Spring Onions continue.
Given a little warm weather we will be welcoming English Broad Beans and Peas, later in the month to take over from French and Italian varieties.
Small, crunchy English Cucumbers will be with us through May, along with Radishes and Spinach. We are particularly looking forward to introducing English Watercress direct from the grower later in the month. You can expect lots of fresh, vibrant Herbs. Hopefully, we will see some English Wild Hops too, if we have some warmer weather, though these will be fleeting.
Meaty, yellow ‘Pineapple’ Tomatoes and colourful Heritage ones are now here from France and we expect more varieties with real flavour as the month progresses.
French Apricots, hopefully some Bergeron, take over from the Italian and Spanish ones later in the month. We have had some promising English harvests over the past two years so we may have some for you in June/July.
Peaches and Nectarines from Italy will follow the Spanish this month, later joined by French ‘blood’ varieties.
Strawberries from Italy, Spain and France are tasting good, and we may have English-grown fruit from our Kent grower in mid-May.
Cherries from Italy, Spain and, later, France.
Towards the end of the month we could have English Gooseberries and Raspberries.
Courgette fruits and flowers and Fennel from both Italy and France.
Wet Garlic from France and Italy will continue, as will Italian Tropea Onions and French Grelot Onions.
The first new season Borlotti Beans and Yellow Fine Beans from Italy.
We expect French Artichokes to take over from Italian chokes.
New Potatoes from Jersey, France and Cornwall.
Morel Mushrooms will be available.
We will have foraged Sea Spinach this month.