In Season – May

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This is only a guide to seasonal fruit and vegetables. Of course, many are available all the time because of imports, and some are now grown for most of the year and they are included on these lists. Supporting local farmers and producers is by far the best way of eating good food, and helping local agriculture or fishermen; but the best person to ask what is in season is your greengrocer, fishmonger or butcher.

VEGETABLES

Asparagus
Aubergines
Beans
Cauliflowers
Courgettes
Fennel
Leeks
Lettuce
Mint
Mushrooms
Onions
Parsley
Peppers
Potatoes (early)
Peppers
Samphire
Spinach
Sweet Potatoes
Radishes
Watercress

FRUITS

Apples
Apricots
Avocados
Bananas
Cherries
Elderflowers
Gooseberries
Grapefruits
Grapes
Kiwi fruit
Lemons
Limes
Mangoes
Melons
Oranges
Pears
Rhubarb
Strawberries

MEAT

Duck
Lamb
Wood Pidgeon

FISH

Halibut
Haddock
Hake
John Dory
Lobster
Oyster (rock)
Plaice
Prawn (cold-water)
Salmon (Atlantic and Pacific)
Trout (brown)
Turbot

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About Cooking At Zero Degrees

This is a blog (it also works on an ipad and now has a Facebook page) about what we eat at home. Starters, mains, sauces, side dishes, cocktails and links to local shops. It’s all here. Food is fun, it should be fun to make and fun to eat. For some people making a meal is a chore. If it is then don’t do it; but please, it’s better to eat something, anything, that you make at home from scratch, because prepared, packaged supermarket dinners and food have about as much flavour as the plastic or cardboard package they come in. Food cultivation and husbandry is not just a moral argument. Eggs that don’t come from battery hens do taste better, cattle properly reared have more flavour - and just think about it: at its most simple, if they’re not being pumped full of chemicals then you’re not being pumped full of chemicals. How good is that? If you can buy local, use your neighbourhood shops, you will miss them when they are gone. Most of all, have fun making a meal of it! Oh, and why at zero degrees? Because that’s where we live – in Greenwich, London.
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