May is here friends! As the weather warms up and the days get longer, the bounty of fresh produce available in May is sure to delight our senses. From sweet strawberries to tangy rhubarb, the fruits and vegetables of May are bursting with vibrant flavours and colours that are perfect for creating delicious and nutritious meals.
Strawberries are one of my most beloved fruits of May. These sweet and juicy berries are packed with vitamin C, fibre, and antioxidants. When selecting strawberries, look for plump and brightly coloured berries that are firm to the touch. To showcase the flavour of fresh strawberries, consider using them in a simple salad with arugula, feta cheese, and a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette. Or, add them to your morning smoothie for a burst of sweetness, although I love strawberry jam equally!
Another one of my May favourites is rhubarb, I have only tried it this year for the first time! This tart vegetable is often paired with strawberries to create a deliciously balanced flavour profile. Rhubarb is a good source of fibre, vitamin K, and antioxidants. When selecting rhubarb, look for firm and brightly coloured stalks. To highlight the flavour of rhubarb, consider making a classic rhubarb pie or tart. You can also simmer chopped rhubarb with sugar and vanilla to create a flavourful compote that can be used as a topping for ice cream or yoghurt, or just simply make a vanilla & rhubarb flan!
Other fruits and vegetables that are in season in May include asparagus, cherries, artichokes, and peas. Asparagus is a delicious and nutritious vegetable that is high in fibre, vitamin C, and folate. To prepare asparagus, simply roast it with a little bit of olive oil and salt for a tasty and easy side dish.
Cherries are another sweet treat that is in season in May. These bright red fruits are a good source of antioxidants and vitamin C. Consider using cherries in a fresh salad with goat cheese and arugula, or pit them and add them to your morning yoghurt or oatmeal; I love cherry jam and cherry compote too.
Artichokes are a versatile vegetable that can be prepared in a variety of ways. These spiky vegetables are a good source of fibre, vitamin C, and folate. To prepare artichokes, simply steam them and serve them with a side of garlic aioli for a delicious and healthy snack.
Peas are another nutritious vegetable that is in season in May. These little green orbs are packed with fibre, protein, and essential vitamins and minerals. To highlight the flavour of fresh peas, consider making a simple pea soup or risotto. I cannot wait to harvest our garden peas soon.
May is a wonderful time to explore the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables that are available. Whether you prefer the sweet and juicy flavour of strawberries, the tartness of rhubarb, or the savoury goodness of asparagus, there are plenty of delicious and nutritious options to choose from. So, head to your local farmer's market or grocery store and start experimenting with these flavourful and colourful ingredients today!
Cristina is a food photographer, food stylist, and recipe developer, loves travelling and spending time with friends.