May signifies Autumn's impending departure in the lead up towards Winter and seasonal recipes this time of year are designed to be uplifting. It's also the month when we celebrate the women in our lives, with Mother's Day falling ritualistically on the second Sunday of May.
The leaves have played out their colourful dance and those snow bunnies among us start to dream of hitting the powder-filled slopes during the Winter months...
What's in Season for May
Mushrooms are renowned for their deep, earthy aroma and are ideal to accompany dishes during chillier weather – combined with beef brisket, potato gnocchi and leeks, they make a hearty family meal that is sure to satisfy even the most ravenous appetites.
With Mother in mind, why not cook her a meal to remember – perhaps starting with cauliflower, potato and leek soup;
Fruits in Season
Apples – Bonza, Braeburn, Cox's Orange Pippins, Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Jonagold, Jonathan, Mutso, Pink Lady, Red Delicious; Avocados – Fuerte and Sharwill; Bananas, Cumquat, Custard Apples, Feijoas, Grapes – purple cornichon and Waltham Cross; Kiwifruit; Lemons, Limes, Mandarins – Imperial; Melon – champagne; Nuts – chestnut, hazelnut and walnut; Pears – Howell, Josephine, Packham and red sensation; Olives, Persimmon, Quince, Rhubarb and Tomatoes.
Vegetables in Season
Asian Greens – bok choy, choy sum,