Seasonal Foods: What to Be Looking Out for in March
Did you know that the nutrients in your ingredients will decline over time? When food isn’t frozen or preserved, it begins to lose its nutritional value – which is one of the reasons why you’ll see certain ingredients at certain times of the year looking a bit on the sorry side.
Sourcing ingredients that are seasonally grown is often actually a healthier alternative as they’re fresher, often plumper and packed full of ripe delicious taste as the vitamins, minerals and all that good stuff is at its peak.
So, to help you plan out your dishes, or look for dining experiences that make the best use of seasonal foods, here’s what’s ready in March.
Seasonal Vegetables for March
- Cabbage (Savoy and Spring Green)
- Purple Sprouting Broccoli
- Spring Onions
- Wild Nettles
- Wild Garlic (Ramsons)
With a lot of leafy vegetable crops coming up, there’s plenty of options to make warm and filling dishes that will fill you up when the weather gets temperamental such as putting together a creamy artichoke and cauliflower bake or tucking into leek and pea dumplings with curry.
And there’s still plenty to enjoy as the weather turns warmer, with salad crops offering up new varieties of taste including fava bean and artichoke, or Spring Salad.
Seasonal Fruit for March
There’s not a huge variety of fruit in season in March, but rhubarb is still flexible enough to feature in a variety of innovative dishes, from the traditional rhubarb and custard to pies and tarts, and even combined with strawberry, mint and hazelnut to create a unique salad.
Seasonal Fish for March
- Megrim Sole
- Dover Sole
There’s plenty of fish in the sea that’s reaching the best time to be caught, and March brings a wealth of taste and texture, that can be combined into wonderfully flavourful dishes. Pollock, for example, is traditionally taken either inshore (cove fishing) or using handlines around rocks, and is a versatile fish that can be used as a less expensive alternative to cod or haddock – the taste lends its self especially well to fish pie!
Seasonal Meat, Poultry and Game for March
Whilst beef, chicken, pork, rabbit, and wood pigeon are always available in good condition due to the care of farmers, venison is a more seasonal ingredient which sees March as an ideal time to enjoy. Dishes that feature this meat include Braised Cobbler, a Saddle of Venison with Shallots, Baked Celeriac and sauce, or venison burgers, amongst others.
So, there we have just a brief snapshot of the delightful and delicious seasonal foods that are coming up in March, what dish are you looking forward to eating the most? Let us know – and share your culinary triumphs with us!