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Seasonal Flavours

Favourite flavours make an appearance as the British growing season starts to heat up…

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Warners Budgens Taste Club - Seasonal Flavours

Asparagus

Officially kicking off on St George’s Day, 23rd April, asparagus season is one of the most anticipated in the food calendar. Perhaps it’s because the season is so short – a mere eight weeks, officially finishing on Midsummer’s Day, 21st June, or perhaps its because our locally-grown asparagus in the Vale of Evesham is some of the best in the world, but we certainly get our fill when it’s here! Partner it with eggs, pancetta, butter, Parmesan or hollandaise sauce and enjoy the moment.

Try this: make a simple starter using fresh asparagus. Boil for two minutes then serve with a dressing made from olive oil, balsamic vinegar and chopped shallot. Finish with shavings of Parmesan cheese.

Warners Budgens Taste Club - Seasonal Flavours

New Potatoes

These young potatoes are a spring favourite, used in salads or oven baked as an alternative to roast potatoes. They keep their shape when cooked and are sweeter than their fully-grown counterparts as their sugar has not yet converted into starch. Jersey Royals are a favourite new potato at this time of year and are particularly delicious boiled then dressed with butter and mint while warm.

Try this: crushed new potatoes makes a spring alternative to mash – boil new potatoes for 15 minutes then crush lightly with a fork. Dress with olive oil and a generous amount of salt and pepper.

Warners Budgens Taste Club - Seasonal Flavours

Rocket

This English leaf has been used in salads since Elizabethan times and delivers a strong peppery punch to dishes. It is great in sandwiches and can be used on hot foods such as pizza, pasta and risotto, although is best added at the end, just before serving. It is surprisingly easy to grow in the garden and can soon take over a vegetable patch if left untended.

Try this: make a rocket pesto with any surplus leaves by blitzing in a food processor along with olive oil. Add a clove of garlic, salt and pepper, a squeeze of lemon juice and a bag of pine nuts. Add grated Parmesan and more olive oil until you achieve your desired consistency.

Warners Budgens Taste Club - Seasonal Flavours

Strawberries

The official strawberry season begins on 1st May but this year we saw British strawberries enter stores two months earlier than that. In fact, the British strawberry season is extending each year thanks to new technology – 25 years ago, the season was just six weeks long; today we can expect to see British strawberries for up to nine months of the year. However, there is still a real excitement about that first flush of locally-grown strawberries with their ripe juiciness and sweet flavour that just can’t be equalled. Enjoy!

Try this: make a simple but tasty dessert by dipping strawberries into melted hot chocolate and allowing to set. Serve alongside other finger fruit such as pineapple, melon and mango.

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