Seasonal food cloud for April (, 513k) – now available to download for easy reference and printing. Ideal for your fridge, noticeboard or back pocket!
Seasonal food can’t be bettered – it’s fresher, tastier, often more local and cheaper.
The supermarkets may have tried their hardest to break our relationship with the seasons, offering every type of food all year round, but seasonality is enjoying something of a revival. Air-freighted Peruvian asparagus, hot-house strawberries and Australian Brussels sprouts in July (spotted last year in Sainsbury’s) just don’t compare.But even the most dedicated lover of good food can find it hard remembering just what’s in season when. There are some useful resources on the web – the River Cottage seasonality table, Eat the Seasons, the BBC’s guide to the seasons – and many bloggers post evocative and tempting views on seasonal food – realepicurean, Cherry’s English Kitchen.
Tables of seasonal food are all very well, but I’ve long wanted a guide to the seasons that makes sense at a glance. Something to stick on the fridge or keep in my back pocket to furtively refer to in the greengrocer. Hence the seasonality cloud!
A note: my seasonality cloud is for the UK, though much of it will be relevant to other northern temperate areas. Most of the foods are in season in the UK in April, but not Mediterranean oranges! I’ve included these, because they’re the best oranges available in the UK. More on the relationship between local and seasonal to follow…