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What’s in season in May? + May 2019 personal update

Credit: Dot & Scolly |

Between the first glimpses of real sunshine, and two bank holiday weekends, May feels a little bit like a holiday after the long, grey British winter.

May is the time of year when we really start to see fresh herbs come into season, and can play with fresh flavours and bright dishes. I recently updated this rice & pea salad, which is full of fresh, seasonal herbs & greens.

Herby Pea & Rice Salad

May is also the (unofficial) start of the street food season.

With bank holiday weekends, and (hopefully) the start of decent weather, food festivals and other outdoor events begin to pop up all over the place in May.

I love trying new things at food markets & street food events. The vendors are usually very friendly (I should know – I’m married to one), and happy to talk to you about their food (and about any potential allergens). Use events like these to spot food trends, pick up ideas for exciting flavour combinations, and learn about a cuisine you might not have heard of before, all while supporting small, local and independent food businesses.

Most cities have regular street food markets, and (if they don’t happen year-round) May is usually the start of the season. For locals, May also brings us Leeds Indie Food Festival, with foodie events popping up at venues across the city.

May is the start of street food season

May 2019 personal update

I’m still working out the kinks in the relaunch of this blog, so most of my energy will be focussed on spreading the word about that in May. You can read about the relaunch here.

May is also the month of my wedding anniversary, so I guess we’ll be celebrating that (if Andy can get any time away from street food life).

Credit: Mark Newton |
Credit: Mark Newton |

What’s in season in May?

May fruits

  • Apricot
  • Banana
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Nectarine
  • Pomegranate

May vegetables

  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • New potato
  • Onion
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Potato
  • Spring onion

May greens

  • Lamb’s lettuce
  • Lettuce
  • Pak choi
  • Radicchio
  • Rocket
  • Spinach
  • Spring greens

Also in season in May

  • Basil
  • Chervil
  • Chives
  • Corriander
  • Dill
  • Mint
  • Nastrtium
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Samphire
  • Sorrel
  • Tarragon
  • Watercress

What to cook in May

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