Spring is in the air! What wonderful veg is now in season?

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Spring is in the air! Daffodil shoots are emerging and the sun has been shining, oh how lovely it feels! For this week’s blog we highlight vegetables that are grown at this time of year. At Trove we encourage everyone to try and eat seasonally. Why not try a regular veg box which will give you the best of the season including some of these wonderful veg:

  • Asparagus
  • Artichoke
  • Beetroot
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac
  • Chicory
  • Cucumber
  • Curly Kale
  • Leeks
  • Parsnip
  • Purple Sprouting Broccoli
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Savoy Cabbage
  • Sorrel
  • Spinach
  • Spring Greens
  • Spring Onions
  • Watercress

See our top reasons for eating seasonally below.

Asparagus Seasonal Vegetables

Photo by Marcus Chis

Why make the effort to eat seasonable produce when you can get any veg all year around? So much joy can be found by consuming the best fresh food available, and one of the simplest ways to do this is to eat food that is in season. Here are just 5 great reasons why:

 

1. Food is cheaper

It is cheaper to buy food in season because you don’t have to add in all the additional costs of growing out of season and long-haul transportation. Who doesn’t love an easy saving?!

 

2. Fresher, more nutritious and our veg are really clever!

Seasonable food is usually fresher as it has a shorter time between harvesting and being on your plate. Seasonable foods are clever too because they provide the nutrients and minerals that our bodies need at different times of year. Grade A marks for seasonable produce!

3. Food has travelled less miles and consumes less energy

Less energy is needed to grow and transport food due to the localised nature of the growing season.

 

4. Increased diversity

By eating seasonally, you can very quickly create diversity in your diet with very little extra effort. We know diversity of our food is important for our overall health. A simple but effective hack.

 

5. Support your local economy

This is an easy one, and naturally close to Trove’s heart! It’s far better for your local community to buy food that is grown near to home than having flown thousands of miles. Food is a necessity spend so direct your spending within your local community rather than to an HQ many miles away!


It's Beetroot season!

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The humble beetroot is coming into season and has a great number of nutritional benefits making it a superhero of the vegetable world.

It has scientifically been linked to lowering blood pressure through vasodilation, contains anti-inflammatory betalains and is a great source of dietary fibre.

As if these potential health benefits weren’t enough, beetroot is a versatile veg that can be juiced, steamed, roasted and pickled.  Even the leaves of the beetroot plant can be eaten and somewhat resemble spinach so there is no waste from this marvelous plant.  Our personal favourite is combining cooked beetroot with some thick creamy yogurt for a delicious and colourful dip.

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You can even use your beetroot to keep the children entertained with some messy fun as the water from boiled beetroot makes a great natural dye for fabrics and can result in some wonderfully creative garments with a completely safe, non-toxic colour.  We don’t promise you wont all end up with pink hands.


Why eat local?

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Let’s start with the obvious, that food grown locally will have spent less time travelling the world and therefore be fresher than its international counterparts. If you buy a tomato that has been grown locally there is less chance that it was picked unripe and has spent its last couple of weeks turning red while travelling the high seas.

By eating local produce, you will also be eating seasonally and getting the best and most nutritious foods when they are naturally ripe. Whilst this is good for your nutrition it is also great for the environment as eating seasonally can help in protecting our soils and UK soil stores approximately 10 billion tonnes of carbon!

Finally, by eating local produce you are literally investing in your local community. If you buy and eat food from local producers, the money you spend goes straight into the local economy and keeps them producing great tasting food for you and your family.