Learning how to eat seasonally isn’t something that you just intrinsically know, it’s something which is learnt over time. Because most fruit and veg (and almost everything we eat) can be (and is) imported and exported so it’s quite hard to figure out what’s in season and what has been shipped in without looking further into it… or is it?
Rather than reading the label in the supermarket I’ve discovered the best way to go about finding what’s in season is to really explore what’s surrounding you in nature… it helps if you don’t mind a bit of fresh air.
This weekend I took a trip to Epping Forrest, which luckily for me is only a short drive away. The further I walked the more edible plants I found; and I really didn’t expect to find them growing wildly on the outskirts of busy London. There were the traces of the blackberries which have just finished their season but more importantly there was an abundance of both crabapples and sloe berries; both fantastic in their own right for different recipes (errm SLOW GIN say whaaaat)- and the best part is THE INGREDIENTS ARE FREE! (well the main ones).
I’m sure there were many more plants, herbs and edible fungi around if only I knew which was which but a few more years on the Farm to Face path to sustainable eating and I’ll find the knowledge… hopefully not hidden under some stinging nettle.
Stay tuned as next week I fancy another explore to see what else I can find, and this time I’ll actually take some bags with me to bring back the goods!