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What foods are in Season in April

In Season April - Rosemary in Flower
Photo by Colin Purrington

April can be quite fruitful in it's bounties, if only you know where to look! If you grow your own food most of your time in April will be spent digging and readying the soil for March's plug plants. Don't worry, all that hard work will pay off soon enough as things start to warm up. April is a wonderful month, as the clocks go forward and the evenings become longer, more time can be spent in the garden however changeable the weather.

Rosemary being an evergreen plant is available all year round, in April rosemary plants bush out and start to flower, the flowers can be blue, pink or white depending on the variety you have but these can be used in cooking, their delicate flavour adding to sweet deserts such as ice cream as well as being visually pleasing used as a garnish for meat. April is a great time to trim back straggly rosemary bushes and use the stalks for skewers for succulent, tender spring lamb kebabs, making the rosemary both functional and flavoursome. Rosemary is extremely high in iron, calcium, and Vitamin B6 so its great to use for getting rid of those winter blues.

Chives have a very long season but are at their best right now, if you haven't got Chives growing in your garden you're missing out on a great culinary plant that can be useful all year round. Chives can be quite and architectural plant with their long tubular leaves and purple flowers. With their subtle onion flavour chives are an absolutely wonderful herb.

Morel Mushrooms in season AprilFor Hedgerow Harvesters Morel mushrooms and the wild St George mushrooms have a very short season and are available now.

Morel mushrooms (Morchella Esculenta) are probably one of the most sought after of the wild mushrooms and because of this they are the most expensive. Morels are a spring mushroom, usually appearing from March to May in open woodland, the farming industry have tried in vain to cultivate this mushroom and stocks are always harvested from the wild. If you are foraging for these woodland delights be careful not to mistake the false morel for a genuine morel, If in doubt don't eat! The false morel is poisonous and potentially deadly. If your foraging for mushrooms it's always best done with an experienced mushroom hunter.

St George Mushrooms are wonderful (named after the time of year they are ripe for foraging) and can be found on unimproved grassland, often growing in large rings. Again If you are unsure of it's identification do-not eat!

Stinging Nettles are still in abundance in April and have many uses in the kitchen try our nettle and ginger wine recipe for a alcoholic delight.

Purple sprouting broccoli is still at it's best so make the most of it while you can, it'll be out of season completely by the end of may.

In Season in April

Fish:

  • Cockles
  • Pollack
  • Salmon
  • Sea Trout

Hedgerows:

  • Nettles
  • Primrose
  • Morel Mushrooms
  • St George Mushrooms

Herbs:

  • Rosemary
  • Chives
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Sorrel
  • Watercress

Meat & Game

  • Spring Lamb
  • Wood Pigeon

Vegetables:

  • Rhubarb
  • Radishes
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Jersey Royal Potatoes
  • Cauliflower
  • Purple Sprouting Broccoli

 

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