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Top 5 Seasonal Foods

1) Mackerel

Mackerel is a meaty fish considered popular for human consumption. Found in abundance off the shores of the UK, with huge numbers found in Scotland, this fish is a fantastic source of omega-3. Omega-3 is thought to have a wide variety of health benefits including; lowering blood pressure, reducing depression and preventing stiffness and joint pain. Mackerel arrive at UK shores around April/May and begin to Leave around September/October, which means that they are at their freshest between June and August.

2) Asparagus

Asparagus is a vegetable available all year round, however cultivation occurs between February and June. Admittedly, we’re pushed for time as the best quality asparagus is scarce after June, but you’ll still be able to find some good quality tips in early summer. Asparagus contains high quantities of Vitamins A and C, which is important for good vision, healthy bone growth and a strong immune system.

3) Crab

Crabs have a delicate and tasty white meat that is perfect in a pasta or a salad or even alone as dressed crab. In season between April and November, crab is prevalent throughout the month of June. Crab meat is low in fat and high in protein making it a tasty and healthy meal for people of all ages. Crab meat is also rich in selenium and that good old Omega-3, which are both hugely beneficial to the immune system.

4) Broad Beans

As a member of the legume family, broad beans are able to grow in most climates and soils, which means that it is fairly easy to grow your own as an alternative to buying them. Available from mid to late June until September, broad beans are an excellent source of many essential vitamins. The most notable of these vitamins being Vitamin K, which helps blood to clot and wounds to heal properly, it also ensures strong and healthy bones. Furthermore, broad beans are high in protein and fibre which are beneficial for weight loss.

5) Watercress

Watercress is one of the strongest-tasting salad leaves available and contains high quantities of Vitamins A, C and E. It’s available all year round but best between April and September, so June is the optimum month for eating this tasty leaf. A fantastic addition to any sandwich or salad, watercress has been show to improve thyroid, cardiovascular and bone health, not to mention it acts as an anti-carcinogen.

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