There are so many wonderful things about Spring. Something in the air just changes, you know? It is the Season of fresh starts and new beginnings and, where most of us have been in hibernation during the winter, Spring signifies the Earth, its inhabitants and its cycles coming back to life. Where nature tends to shut down during the winter, Spring provides nourishing light and more fertile conditions for nature to thrive in. These new light cycles and temperatures bring new plants, new produce and ultimately, new ingredients and meals for us to get jazzy with.
The Spring season is a colourful one, and not just when it comes to food, but nature in general. The grass is greener, the leaves return to the trees, and seeds that have been iced over since october begin to flourish once more. The sunrises are peachy, the daytimes a charming shade of blue (if we’re lucky) and the evenings are a deep, clear navy canvas revealing the mesmerising galaxy beyond our planet. Each day is longer, and we are blessed with more light and (eventually) more warmth. You may not be ready to say goodbye to your soups, stews and warm comfort foods as the weather in England is stubborn, but trust us, your body and mind sure are. These comfort foods simply cannot serve you anymore, and you don’t need them or crave them like you did during the Winter. Your life and your plate have been lacking in colour, and that’s what Spring is here to change. It is the season to eat more healthily, and to embrace the seasonal offerings - not just for your own good but also for the good of the Earth and your local farmers. Whilst Winter foods have generally grown underground and are therefore connected with the minerals of the soil, Springtime ingredients have had a closer connection with the sunlight and offer such powerful health benefits. You’ll notice that when you eat in season, the ingredients you have access to arebigger, brighter and - do we even need to tell you this - more flavoursome too. What are you waiting for?
Whether you're in the mood for rich vegetables or vibrant fruits, there is so much choice and opportunity this time of year. At one end of the spectrum you have Broccoli, Asparagus, Artichokes, Carrots, Cabbage Spinach and Zucchini, and at the other, an abundance of sweeter delights, such as Blueberries, Strawberries, Grapefruit, Kiwi and apricots - to name a few. More vibrant and energising ingredients with lighter, fresher nutrients await and are eager to liven up your life, one meal at a time. Play the game, get creative, and work with what the Earth is offering you!