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May In Season

What is in Season in May

It’s been a cold and wet start to May this year but the mornings have been beautiful. This is my morning view on a good day !

So what’s in season in May. It’s a bountiful month with lots of new produce appearing.

Apple Blossom

The pale pink and white Bramley apple blossom is normally at’s it’s peak at the beginning of May but this year is slow to open out a good harvest is in question.

apple blossom bramley apple orchard bathing experience

You can learn all about the Bramley apples and see the orchard for yourself on my Bramley Apple Orchard Experience. Next date is in September when the apples will beready for harvest.

Find the Bramley Apple Baking & Orchard Visit details here

Asparagus in season

Asparagus is still at it’s peak and the fields around here are testament to the lambing season with the fresh mint appearing at the same time.

apricot & Almond tart recipe

Apricots

The first of the seasonal stone fruits to appear from Italy and Spain are Apricots. These are delicious in an Apricot and almond tart. Also on the fruit front Blueberries from Spain are in the shops now and are deliciously sweet.

Find my Apricot & Almond Tart Recipe here

Broad Beans

Look out for tender young broad beans from Italy and the UK, plunge into boiling salted water and cook on high for just a few minutes until tender. Serve with a drizzle of really good extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. I do grow my own broad beans as they are so easy to grow. But these will not be ready for at least a few months yet.

Broad Beans

Root Vegetables

Closer to home, beetroot and carrots are still lovely, I’m roasting them to bring out the natural sweetness or grating them for a healthy salad with a tahini dressing.

You can find my Rocket, Beetroot & Feta Salad recipe here. Beetroot is a powerhouse of nutrition and pretty much always on my shopping list.

Potatoes

Comber Earlies. Potatoes N.Ireland

Look out for delicious Comber Earlies . These unique and local to N.Ireland, potatoes have the PGI status (as do Armagh Bramley Apples) which recognises the unique location for a specific food. Simply simmer until tender and serve with lots of delicious Northern Irish butter and a good pinch of salt.

Jersey Royals will be hitting their peak soon, ideal with a roast leg of lamb and fresh mint sauce or salsa verde.

To learn more about what is in season and how to make the most of it, join me on my Cook the Season class. This is an informal cooking class in which I will be cooking a selection of sweet and savoury recipes focusing on lots of seasonal vegetables. Participants will help in the preparation and cooking process and we will all sit down to a delicious lunch with the dishes prepared.

See my  Cook the Season Classes here

Elderflower Syrup Recipe. Cookery School N.Ireland

Elderflower

And in the hedges the elder is once again green and leafy and the flowers should be appearing towards the end of the month. The large lacy cream flowers have a distinctive sweet aroma and make a lovely cordial (very popular in cocktails these days) which you can dilute with bubbly or sparkling water.

You can find my Elderflower Cordial recipe here.

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Mary Ann was a joy to watch in the kitchen as she demonstrated another tasty Lemon and Raspberry layer cake complete with Swiss Meringue icing, it was beautiful and one I think I might even attempt myself.

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