Seasonal in March

The astrological first day of spring, the vernal equinox is apparently 8 days away on March 20th. If you use the meteorological system then spring started over a week ago on March 1st.

So, springtime is here, flowers are in bloom everywhere and the time has come for long al fresco lunches in the sun with crisp chilled drinks. Isn’t it just the most beautiful time of the year?

Actually not really… I am sitting in an office in Denmark and gazing out of the window at a steely sky that has a pretty grim mixture of snow and rain streaming down from it. There have been months of this grey melancholy weather, and now spring may well be in the air but the sun has most definitely not yet got his hat on.

Despite this the ground is, or at least should be, positively heaving with fruits and vegetables ready to burst into the world, and the seas are teeming with all sorts of yummy swimming things.

Here is our list of some of the best seasonal things you could and should be eating in the month of March in the Northern hemisphere (although we might disagree about some of them depending on exact country).


Birds and beasts

Spring, therefore… lamb, obviously, but there are other things around too, don’t forget that a turkey is not just for Christmas.

Turkey
Lamb
Pork
Venison
Rabbit

Creatures from the deep

There is plenty to see in the sea at this time of year, but one of the highlights are the mussels. Simple, quick and relatively inexpensive, they are a great social food, with clouds of sea scented steam, dirty fingers, and the clinking of shells.

Cockles
Winkles
Mussels
Oysters
Dab
Dover sole
Lemon sole
Gurnard
Hake
Cod
Red mullet
Salmon
Skate
Langoustine
Lobster

The fruits of the earth

It’s March, everything is starting to grow, baby leeks and spring onions and asparagus and sprouting broccoli are bursting forth and ripe for the picking.

Oh, and yes there are nettles in the list, one of the most criminally overlooked and underused ingredients are happily growing wild all over the place right now!

Cauliflower
Celeriac
Chicory
Carrots
Jerusalem artichoke
Asparagus
Fennel
Kale
Leeks
Parsnips
Purple sprouting brocooli
Salsify
Shallots
Sorrel
Spinach
Spring onions
Swede
Black truffles
Nettles
Bananas
Rhubarb
Radicchio
Bramley apples
Watercress

With all of these amazing things in season there are really no excuses not to get outside and eat al fresco lunches even if you have to do it in boots and scarves and hiding under a bit umbrella.