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In Season: 5 Spring Vegetables

The sunny weather is here, the flowers are out and our bodies are making vitamin D again. April also marks a lot of British vegetables coming in to season. Eating locally-grown food is not only better for us, due to the higher nutrient content, it is also better for the environment as it reduces the distance travelled by our food which reduces the emissions used. It is also great for our economy to support local farmers and British-grown food. Besides all of the practical reasons, locally-grown, in-season vegetables are utterly delicious! Today we are sharing 5 vegetables that are coming in to season here in the UK and some of their benefits.

Radish


This pepper, crunchy vegetable has a lovely pink colour that makes it a great addition to salads. Radishes are high in vitamin C and phytonutrients, they are also prebiotics - a type of fibre that feeds our gut bacteria and promotes digestive health. Try this Orange & Rocket Salad with Radish for lots of fresh flavours. 


Rocket


Another peppery flavour, this spiky salad leaf is a love/hate item for many people. It certainly makes a salad pack some punch. Rocket is a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and iron. Delicious in an Italian salad with parmesan, tomatoes, parma ham and a classic balsamic viniagrette. 

Purple Sprouting Broccoli


The cool purple cousin of standard broccoli, this colourful veggie is absolutely packed with vitamin C and antioxidants. Broccoli also contains a type of antioxidant called sulphoraphane which is thought to help prevent a range of diseases. Use it in place of your regular broccoli, just be sure to cook it for less time as it is a bit more fragile and will lose its nutrients quickly!

 

Peas


We aren't talking about your mundane bag of frozen peas that have been in your freezer for 6 months. Fresh British peas are a true delight, their light, sweet flavour is lovely in pea soups, stir fries or just alone as a side. They are packed with vitamin K, vitamin C and antioxidant and are also a great source of fibre. Try this Lemony Pea & Ricotta pasta, which also features our next amazing veggie!



Asparagus 


A classic British vegetables that goes well with any spring dish, asparagus is another nutritional powerhouse. It is loaded with vitamin K, folate, B vitamins, prebiotic fibre and is a natural way to relieve water-retention and get rid of bloat.
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