May

May is the time when we can expect to see the first new potatoes.

Historically many Cheshire dairy farmers would grow potatoes.  They would use the manure from the cows to feed the crop, and any unsalable potatoes would be then be fed back to the cows.

Don’t peel new potatoes (all the nutrients are just under the skin). Just scrub them, and then simmer gently for approximately 15-20 minutes until they’re just tender.  You can also cook them in a microwave.

If you’ve got a few left over, add a bit of mayonnaise and some fresh herbs, and you’ll have a wonderful potato salad.

Did you know that asparagus are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant?  If you don’t have any in your garden, you’ll find local asparagus in the markets in May.

After eating asparagus, some people find their urine has a strong, unusual odour.  There’s a debate among scientists, as to whether some people don’t make these sulphur compounds, or simply just can’t smell them.

Anyway eating asparagus helps you fight cancer and reduce heart disease as well as boosting your immune system.  It’s been described as a super food (www.british-asparagus.co.uk/superfood.php).

If you’ve not eaten asparagus do try some (don’t over-cook it). I think it tastes nice and it’s definitely different and greener than the asparagus that’s been flown in from Peru!

The British Asparagus Festival is a wonderful celebration of asparagus.  You can do tours of the fields in the Asparabus, and go to an asparagus auction in the Fleece Inn:

it’s a lovely 15th century pub owned by the National Trust.

Some Web Links

Have a look on the web for more ideas:
www.bbc.co.uk/food/seasons/may

www.bbcgoodfood.com/seasonal-calendar/month/may

www.eattheseasons.co.uk/may.php

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