Food Lifestyle

July, the rad(ish) season of rhubarb

Eating locally & seasonally is a win-win situation - for your health and tastebuds, for the planet and for the local farmers!

As the dates in our calendars change on a regular basis, semi-predictable fluctuations in the weather follows. That is something we’re all aware of, it’s a commonly known fact.

However, most of us are quite unaware of the seasonality of our food. But just like choosing to hike the Scottish Munros in July rather than December is a wise move, so is purchasing food at its peak time, in terms of harvest. Not only will this ensure that the given type of food is at its cheapest, yummiest and freshest – it will also contribute to a less polluted, all around happier planet.

Alphabetic list of some fruit/veg currently in season in the UK:

  • Aubergine
  • Beetroot
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cherries
  • Chillies
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Radishes
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Rocket
  • Spring Onions
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips

These are but a handful of the UK greens currently in season, bursting with both flavour and nutrition. For a full list of all seasonal veggie-goodness to indulge in, check out www.vegsoc.org’s take on the topic. Now grab a pair of speakers, Turn-ip the Beets, and get Rhubarb Pie-cooking!

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PS. Seasonal food often also contain ingredients suited for the body’s needs for that time of year – e.g. summer fruits bursting with antioxidants and natural anti-histamine features as allergy season is in full bloom!

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