Quick Seasonality Update April: In Ireland, April is a massive month for new season vegetables. Just coming into season we gain; asparagus, aubergines, carrots, cucumbers, pak choi, peppers, radish, scallions, tomatoes and the super powerhouse of spinach.
Spinach, originating in Asia, is used in virtually every cuisine. The reason for it’s global popularity, is that when in season, it is a bumper nutritional gift for the body. It’s rich in Vitamin A (skin & eyesight), packed with Vitamin K (bone building – remember ‘Popeye’?) and is a good source of Vitamin C (immune system), Vitamin E (kills free radicals), folic acid, calcium and iron. It’s packed with antioxidants and it is also rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. Try juicing, two large handfuls of spinach, 3 celery sticks, half cucumber and small quantity of ginger for the ultimate spring detox drink.
Coming out of season for the year we lose; Brussels sprouts, kale, leeks, parsnips. Goodbye to the winter Veg.
Still in season, and at their nutritional best are cabbage, cauliflower, mushrooms, rhubarb and round lettuce.
Fruit is not yet in season, it will still be a month or so before we see the Irish berries again. Irish apples are still good from storage. We gain some herbs this month, with basil, parsley, sage and thyme are all spring fresh.
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