7 delicious seasonal ingredients that shine in May

As spring brings warmer weather to the nation (hopefully!), the garden birds aren’t the only ones to really be singing out in May. There are some delicious ingredients that truly come into their own in the UK come springtime that should be stocked in your cupboard.

Here are a few recipes for you to try using the best ingredients in May:

Asparagus

Asparagus is packed with deliciousness that comes into season in May, and it only sticks around for a couple of months so get it while you can. This vegetable is best prepared steamed, grilled or blanched and served when it’s soft and tender.

Asparagus

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Lamb

For a spring classic that really shines in May, you can’t get better than lamb. Don’t limit yourself to just the traditional method of roasting a succulent joint though: get creative. Lamb can also be made into delicious burgers and can be a key ingredient in an unusual salad.

Lamb

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Watercress

Watercress is an oft-overlooked ingredient that is just about to come into season for spring. It’s a versatile ingredient that can be used in a salad as well as being blended into a soup. Its slightly peppery taste adds a lovely depth of flavour. Overlooked no more, we promise.

Watercress

Photo by: Amelia Crook

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Prawns

If you are looking for a versatile ingredient that is a real people-pleaser, put prawns on the menu. Great all year round, prawns are perfect for spring as they are light, versatile and incredibly tasty. Recipes can be as simple as a prawn cocktail, or as a topping on Italian bruschetta, or you could be more adventurous and use them to make a fish cake or a Chinese stir-fry.

Prawn cocktail

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Rocket

Rocket is related to horseradish and cress and carries a similarly peppery flavour. When mixed with crisp lettuce, rocket makes an excellent salad ingredient, but there’s so much more to be had from this dark green leaf. Some of our favourite dishes that use rocket come from Italy, including mixing it in with risotto and gnocchi.

Wild Rocket

Photo by: Jules

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Rhubarb

The perfect mix of sharp and sweetness, and goes beautifully with both sweet and savoury food… that’s rhubarb. Traditionally thought of as a British ingredient, it originally came from Russia. Rhubarb goes wonderfully in a fool, under a crumble topping or with fish.

Rhubarb

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Wild salmon

Salmon is a great mainstay on a weekly meal plan at any time of year as it’s light, versatile and a real crowd-pleaser. However, salmon is at its best in spring, when it’s in season. It’s a great ingredient for all meals – try it with scrambled eggs for breakfast, on toast for lunch or wrapped in filo pastry for dinner.

Salmon baked

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