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What's in Season - May

What's in Season - May

What’s in Season - May

Seasonal eating means two things, really: building meals around foods that have just been harvested at their peak - and adjusting your diet to meet the particular health challenges of Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. 

While it may seem like a luxury to have any food we want, anytime we want it, eating foods in season offers many benefits.
 
Simple joys 
For starters, it connects us to the calendar reminding us of simple joys - the first taste of Asparagus in Spring, the smell of ripe Strawberries newly picked in Summer, Apple picking on a clear Autumn day, celebrating Winter holidays with hearty, warming meals

Tastes Better
In-season produce is fresher and tastes better, sweeter - when perfectly ripe. 
 
When fruits and vegetables are picked for consumption that have been naturally ripened on the vine or the tree and harvested at the right time, they will have much more flavour and nutrition. 


More vitamins, minerals and antioxidants 
Produce eaten at its peak generally has more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than foods harvested before they’re ripe and then shipped long distances. 


  
Eat a more well-rounded and balanced diet 
A pleasant added benefit of eating what's in season is that you get a broader variety of foods in your diet. Those foods can broaden your palate, for one, but they may also expose you to dishes and ingredients you may not have otherwise explored. 
 
Supports small and midsize Farmers
Eating seasonally often means eating locally grown foods, so it’s good for the environment too. It supports small and midsize local farmers, cuts down on pollution from shipping and transporting food and reduces your carbon footprint. 
 
Saves you money 
And if all that’s not enough to get you to make some simple switches in your diet, - In-season foods will usually save you money.

Time to eat Seasonal
Each meat, fruit or vegetable has a prime time when it is at its seasonal best - and they tend to complement each other. That means extra flavour, extra crunch, extra juiciness - all super-fresh and great value.
 
And so here is what is in season - and most popular - in May to help you eat seasonally: 



  
Leaves and Stems : Spring Green Cabbage, Chervil, Lettuce and Salad Leaves, Mint, Pak Choi, Radicchio, Rocket, Sorrel, Spinach, Watercress, Wild Nettles 
 

Flowers, Fruits and Seeds : Asparagus, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Peas, Peppers 
 
Roots and Bulbs :  Carrots, Radishes, Spring Onions

 
Tubers :
 New Potatoes, Jersey Royal New Potatoes

Here is just a summary of the main Cuts that are popular in May

Thrifty Cuts : Bavette Steak, Beef Fillet Tails, Rolled Beef Brisket, Beef Meatballs, Lamb Shoulder, Lamb Breast Roulade, Hand Diced Lamb, Chicken Thighs, Chicken Wings, Hand Diced Chicken, Chicken Plum Parcels, Chicken Lemon and Coriander Parcels, Directors Sausages, Pork and Leek Sausages, Gluten Free Toulouse Sausages, Loin of Pork Boneless, Belly of Pork Slices, Pigs Cheeks, Hand diced Pork, Unsmoked Boneless Gammon
 
Roasts, Casseroles and Stews : Picanha, Carvery Rib of Beef, Silverside of Beef, Carvery Leg of Lamb, Lamb Noisette, Rack of Lamb, Shoulder of Lamb, Lambs Liver, Special Reserve Free Range Chicken, Otter Valley Organic Chicken, Chorizo Rosario Sausages, Loin of Pork Boneless, Shoulder of Pork Boneless, Porchetta with Chorizo, Wood Pigeon, Wild Rabbit, Venison Roast 
 

Seriously Low and Slow : Beef Short Ribs (Jacobs Ladder), Oxtail, Ox Cheeks, Lamb Shanks, Lamb Middle Neck, Unsmoked Gammon, Venison Saddle Eye, Pork Caul
 
Don’t forget our freshly made Beef and Chicken Stocks - these are no ordinary Stocks - and just bring a new dimension of taste to your Roasts, Casseroles and Stews 


Quicker Cooking : Fillet Steaks, Rump Steaks, Rib Eye Steaks, Marinated Rump Steaks, Master Steak Burgers, French Trimmed Lamb Cutlets, Lamb Steaks, Lamb Garlic Rosettes, Marinated Lamb Kebabs, Poussin, Chicken Supremes, Handmade Chicken Kievs, Peri Peri Chicken Wings, Marinated Chicken Skewers, Chicken Skewers, Traditional Lincolnshire Sausages,  Pork Chops, Pork Steaks, Marinated Pork Ribs, Veal Escalopes, Veal Chops, Barbary Duck Breasts

Every month we will pick out one Seasonal product and explore a little more about how best to prepare it
 
This May we feature Pork

 

With any luck the April showers are now over and we can really start looking forward to the Great British Summer. May sees an abundance of greenery finding its way into the shops, lunchtime soups are replaced by salads and some may even be brave enough to dust off and fire up the barbecue. 


The start of Summer 
If there's one vegetable that truly signals the start of Summer, it has to be the humble Pea. 
 
Sure to brighten up salads and starters alike, Peas are a tasty way to get vitamins into your diet and kids will enjoy helping with the podding. 
 
Going hand in hand with Peas are the lesser favoured Broad Beans. As they need to be podded twice before eating, they are often left on the shelf. 


British Tomato Week 
British Tomato Week runs from 16–22 May, with greenhouse-grown British tomatoes already on supermarket shelves. 

Coming down in price 
Young Lamb is beginning to come down in price now and although there is a limited amount of Game at the beginning of Summer, British Wood Pigeons are available year-round and make a tasty alternative to Duck and Chicken (if a little smaller; you will need one bird per person). 

A love affair with Pork

And finally there is British Pork
 
The UK has a love affair with Pork stretching back centuries, and British Pork is admired and eaten the world over. The meat is integral to many of Britain’s national dishes – from Pork pie to Roast Pork with Apple sauce- but is also used in curries, stews and meatballs.


World of difference 
There is a world of difference between intensively farmed Pork and free to roam Pork
 
The secret to tasting real pork is to find farmers who raise happy and contented stress-free Pigs that can snuffle around in the open outdoors to their hearts content.


Slower more natural growth rate 
Pigs are such inquisitive animals, it is instinctive for them to dig and root in the soil.  This continuous activity and investigation not only leads to great muscle development but results in a slower more natural growth rate for the Pig.

Allows a flavour and succulence to develop 
Intensively reared Pigs are typically sent to slaughter at 18 to 19 weeks old, but our Blythburgh Pigs remain on the farm until they are 25 to 26 weeks old.  This extra time allows a flavour and succulence to develop within the meat that is not found in today’s intensively reared Pork.

Pigs raised like this may cost a little more but they are infinitely better eating

What to look for when buying Pork
When buying cuts of Pork, look for a deep-pink colour of meat, not grey or red, with a fine-grained texture. 
 
Pork should have a slight marbling of fat throughout the cut, which should look firm and white. 
 
Free-range Pork will likely have a deeper pink colour and a healthy amount of fat. 
 
Fresh Pork should be stored in the fridge or freezer. Offal and Mince should be eaten on the day of purchase.


How to cook Pork
Every part of the Pig can be eaten; from nose to tail - a cause championed by the great innovative chef Fergus Henderson 
 
The key to cooking Pork well is an understanding of which cooking method is appropriate for each cut.
 
Another important tip to remember when cooking Pork is that the meat needs to be seasoned well – this doesn’t have to just be with salt and pepper as you could also use herbs, spices or a brine to impart flavour.
 
Use a meat thermometer to check that the meat is cooked - Pork needs to reach at least 63⁰c in the centre to be safe to eat. However, it is more common to see Pork cooked all the way through, but still moist.
 
Like most meats, Pork should be allowed to come up to room temperature before cooking and left to rest for a period after cooking.


Slow methods for cooking Pork
The most common cuts of Pork for slow cooking include Leg, Shoulder, Cheek and Belly. 
 
Offal cuts such as Trotters and Ears can also be slow cooked. These cuts of meat have a higher fat content and are tougher; so a lengthy cooking method will help tenderise them.
 
Pot Roasting, Stewing and Braising are all good methods for cooking these cuts of Pork, just make sure the meat is basted at regular intervals to avoid it drying out.
 

Quick methods for cooking pork
The tender, less exercised cuts of Pork are better suited to cooking quickly – either in a pan on the stove or in the oven. Overcooked Pork is dry and tough, so make sure to keep an eye on it as it cooks.
 
The cuts of Pork most suited to rapid cooking include Loin and Tenderloin - or Fillet - as it is sometimes known. Often these cuts are marinated first to impart flavour.


What goes with Pork
Pork is a rich, fatty meat which, delicious though it is, can cloy if not counter-balanced with sharper tasting ingredients. 
 
The obvious pairing is Apple, which is well known for flattering the umami quality of the meat.
 
Honey also combines nicely with Pork. Its mellow sweetness can be used to marinate the meat before cooking
 
Seafood and Pork is a surprisingly good combination as you will see from the recipe below

 
Splendidly seasonal Recipe suggestions:
May seasonal recipes to try include: 



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Cod with Pork Belly, Broccoli & Lemon Butter Sauce
 - by Matthew Tomkinson
Cod and Pork Belly may seem like an unlikely combination but this recipe proves that it works. Purple Sprouting Broccoli - which comes into season in early spring but sticks around until early summer - gives this delicious Cod fillet recipe  a more seasonal twist.
Preparation/Cooking time 30 mins.
 Click here for Pork Belly Slices
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• Herb-stuffed Pork Loin with Spring Greens & Jersey Royals
- by Graham Campbell
This stuffed Pork Loin recipe is packed with aromatic Herbs and tasty 
Sausage meat. To keep things light, Graham serves the roast Pork with Spring Greens, Jersey Royals and a Cider Vinegar and Dijon Mustard dressing. 
Preparation/Cooking time 2 hrs 30 mins. 
Click here for  Boneless Loin of Pork, Directors Sausage Meat, Dijon Mustard

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Pork Cheeks with Polenta  - by Food Urchin
A slow cooking recipe to make soft and silky Pork Cheeks. The Pig Cheeks are beautifully complemented by a sauce of Chicken Stock, Passata and a fruity Red wine. Season and envigour the Pork Cheeks with some cheesy Polenta and a scattering of Gremolata.
Preparation/Cooking time 4 hrs 30 mins.
 Click here for Pigs Cheeks, Streaky Bacon, Fresh Chicken Stock
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Braised Pork with Plums
Meltingly tender Shoulder of Pork in a spicy, fruity sauce, this meal is guaranteed to impress
Preparation time 25 mins : Cooking time 2hrs plus marinating.
 Click here for Shoulder of Pork Boneless, Fresh Chicken Stock
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Roast Loin of Lamb, Peas, Lettuce and Bacon - by Bryn Williams
Roast Lamb accompanied by Peas, Mint and Lettuce-this recipe captures Spring’s sweetness and freshness. Use the Fresh Chicken Stock instead of the Lambs Stock
Preparation time Less than 30 mins : Cooking time 10-30 mins.
 Click here for Lamb Noisette, Smoked Streaky Bacon, Fresh Chicken Stock
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• Rosemary Roast Chicken Thighs, New Potatoes, Asparagus & Garlic 
- by Barney Desmazery
An all-in-one Thrifty Roast with Jersey Royals and a whole bulb of Garlic - the Jersey Royals catch the lemony cooking juices
Preparation time 10 mins : Cooking time 45 mins.
 Click here for Chicken Thighs
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•  Chicken and Asparagus Quiche
The quick easy Quiche is a tasty way of using up leftover Roast Chicken - and it makes good picnic food too!
Preparation Time Less than 30 mins : Cooking time 30 mins - 1 hr

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Pigeon Breasts with red wine gravy, Roast Leeks and Wild Mushrooms - by Oliver Rowe
Pigeon Breasts are a delicious introduction to Game. Here they are served with Wild Mushrooms and a rich red wine gravy
Preparation time 30 mins - 1hr : Cooking time 10-30 mins. 
Click here for Wood Pigeon
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Old Fashioned Rabbit Stew  - The Hairy Bikers
Rabbit only needs a few ingredients to be transformed into a delicious one-pot meal
Preparation time Less than 30 mins : Cooking time Over 2 hrs. Click here for
 Wild Rabbit
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Asparagus with Fettuccine and Smoked Bacon - by John Torode
A Pasta Carbonara with a special summer treat of fresh Asparagus Spears. Ready in no time, and such a luxury.
Preparation timeless than 30 mins: Cooking time 10 to 30 mins. Click here for
 Smoked Streaky Bacon
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Spanish Chicken with Chorizo and Potatoes
Throw everything on a tray and into the oven without worrying - Chicken, Chorizo, New Potatoes.
Preparation timeless than 30 mins : Cooking time 30 mins to 1 hour. Click here for
 Chicken Thighs, Chorizo Rosario Sausages
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Fillet Steak with Morel Mushroom and wine sauce - by Jo Brand
A Steak this good doesn't need much with it, but to really gild the lily, add delicious Morel Mushrooms.
Preparation timeless than 30 mins: Cooking time 10 to 30 mins. Click here for
 Beef Fillet Steak

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Pork Cheek Vindaloo - by the late, great Antonio Carluccio
A gloriously tasty and Thrifty Curry cooked in minutes - with luscious Pigs Cheeks
Preparation time15 mins - allow for 4hrs Marinating in the fridge : Cooking time 20 mins. Click here for
 Pigs Cheeks

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     So there you have it - Free Range and Organic Chicken and other seasonal meat Recipe ideas for May using seasonal ingredients - with sometimes a delightful symbiosis of seasonal meats, fruits and vegetables - all on the same plate - just as nature intended!


Enjoying all the benefits
Now armed with all that information - what is stopping you to start eating seasonally and enjoying all the benefits that come with the healthier approach that each month has to offer?


So whether you choose one of the recipes above - or are just inspired to explore further recipes we hope we have given you much food for thought for your May meals

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Bon Appétit!
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