Seasonal cooking and why it's best

Posted by theglobeinn on July 28, 2017

Photo: Roasted Beetroot & Goats Cheese Salad

There are some great initiatives like plough to plate and field to fork, which tries to encourage that link between farming and the food we eat, but there is still a lot of work to be done.  The majority of the UK population who grow up in urban areas have little awareness of when and where various foods are produced and with imports from around the world our supermarket shelves look the same week in week out.

That’s why we believe in changing our specials on a weekly basis, tieing into the best locally produced seasonal food that is available.  

Head Chef at The Globe Inn, Chris Hannaford, said: “Using good quality local produce, which is in season, is great for us and our customers.  It means we can keep our menu fresh every week and we change our specials to suit what’s being pulled from the nets around the coast or from the local farmers fields.”

Here are some reasons why buying good quality local and seasonal produce is important;

You may save money. It costs more to transport produce from overseas to your local store than it does from somewhere closer by. When you eat fresh foods in season, you don’t pay as much for transportation costs.

 

Your food may taste better. Foods grown and picked at their peak typically taste better. Compare the taste of a strawberry in May to a strawberry in January — you may never go back.

You may get more nutrients from your food. Produce starts to lose nutrients after being picked. The longer the travel time to your store, the more nutrients are lost.   

Chris continued: “Currently in season we have artichoke, aubergine, beetroot, broadbeans, spinach and if you are interested in wild foraging, wild nettles are very good currently.  We wait to find out what our suppliers can offer and then we design our specials menu to fit those key ingredients.”

Here is a full list of the vegetables that are currently in season: artichoke, aubergine, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, carrots, chillies, courgettes, fennel, french beans, garlic, jersey royal new potatoes, kohlrabi, lettuce & salad leaves, mangetout, new potatoes, onions, pak choi, peas, radishes, rocket, runner beans, samphire, spinach, spring onions, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, wild nettles.

For more information on our specials please visit our Facebook page or go online to www.theglobeinn.co.uk