In Season

Produce that is grown locally in it’s season will always taste better, that’s why when designing their dishes our chefs work hard to highlight the seasonal ingredient rather than hiding it in a mix of flavours – when seasonality is concerned less is definitely more. Each month we are going to be putting together a series or hints and tips, maybe a few recipes, focusing around what you should be cooking and eating in that month.


In Season

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In season - June, lobster

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In season - June, elderflower

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In season - June, Mangoes

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In season - June, peas

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In season - June, cherries

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In season - May, Cornish new potatoes

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In season - May, lettuce

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In season - May, wild garlic

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In Season - May, spider crab

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In season - May, broad beans

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In season - April, radishes

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In season - April, asparagus

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In season - April, purple sprouting broccoli

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In season - April, Atlantic prawns

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In Season - April, spring lamb

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In Season - March, passion fruit

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In Season - March, cauliflower

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In Season - March, Parsnips

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In Season - March, sea bream.

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In Season - March, lemons.

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In Season - February. Scallops are an expensive but delicious seafood comprising of two fan-shaped shells which contain rounds of firm white flesh, sometimes with the edible cream and orange coral attached.

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In Season - February. Cavolo Nero is a loose-leafed cabbage from Tuscany, Italy, with very dark green, almost black, leaves, hence it’s name, black cabbage.

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In Season - February. Seville Oranges are far more bitter than other types of orange which is why they are often used to make marmalade.

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In Season - February. The onion is an endlessly versatile vegetable and an essential ingredient in countless recipes.

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In Season - February. Botanically, Rhubarb is a vegetable, but their thick, fleshy stalks are often treated as a fruit.

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In Season - January. Pineapple is is a tropical plant indigenous to South America. They can be consumed fresh, cooked, juiced, and preserved, and are found in a wide array of cuisines.

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In Season - January. Leeks are a member of the onion family. The leek is a versatile spring vegetable that makes a great addition to the base of soups and stews. Its mild flavour also partners well with butter and cream in sauces, and gratins.

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In Season - January. Blood orange is a variety of orange with crimson, almost blood-coloured flesh. They are smaller than a normal orange but pack a great flavour.

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In Season - January. Papaya can be eaten fresh, roasted, pureed and grilled. It works great in salads and blended into smoothies.

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In Season - Squid improves with freezing as it tenderises it.

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In Season - December. Cranberries, make sure you add lots of sugar when you boil them.

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In Season - December. Pomegranate, add a sweet sharpness, texture and colour to a salad.

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In Season - December. Clementine, try poaching in a little sugar syrup with Christmassy flavours like star anise and cinnamon and use as a desert with ice cream.

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In Season - December. Turkey, buy the best quality you can afford to get the best flavour.

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In Season - November. Kale is a member of the cabbage family. Perfect match: Game, venison, duck, chicken and Sunday roasts.

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In Season - November. Turnips are good for roasting, purees and pickling on salads.

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In Season - November. Venison has less cholesterol and fat than beef which makes it a very healthy substitute. It doesn’t taste gamey providing it isn’t hung very long. The longer its hung (2/3 weeks), the stronger the flavour.

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In Season - November. Chicory is a bitter leaf lettuce. It adds texture and flavour to winter salads. It has a strong flavour that will stand up to bold ingredients.

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Your quick guide to in season fruits and vegetables

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In Season - October. Hake is a really underused Cornish fish. To get the best flavour from hake, salt with course sea salt for an hour before cooking.

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In Season - October. Wood Pigeon: It is best served medium/ rare.

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In Season - October. Pumpkin: Pick a pumpkin that feels heavy and doesn’t have any soft spots.

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In Season - October. Apples: Don’t immerse in water to preserve them and stop them from going brown as they take on moisture and loose their flavour. Peel just before you are going to use them.

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In Season - October. Mushrooms can be used in almost anything, from pasta and risotto to soups and stuffed in roast joints.

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In Season - September. Mussels are so versatile. They can be used as starters or mains, with a simple sauce or something more stand out. Just don’t forget the bread!

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In Season - September. Figs are not just for Christmas. They are the perfect bite sized canape which can also be served sweet or savory.

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In Season - September. Hazelnuts are great in salad and add texture and flavour to a biscuit base for a cheese cake.

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In Season - September. Try making plum ice-cream, it’s scrummy and you don’t see that in the supermarkets!

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In Season - September. There’s just too much choice with carrots – roasted, fried, boiled, raw or pureed. If you want to add sweetness to your dish, then carrots can be the answer.

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In Season - August. Samphire can be foraged along the estuary shoreline. Pickle it or flash fry it in butter.

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