Hello May....

We love May, mostly because the days are getting longer and there are two bank holidays to enjoy. It’s also the first month we can invite friends round and just about guarantee being able to sit in the garden for a great British BBQ, with a few nibbles and a drink.

If you want to rustle up something a bit different for your guests, why not try some cocktails from our recipe pages; they’re sure to be a real hit. Mint and elderflower flavours are classics for summer, and prosecco adds to the sense of occasion.

We also feel like summer is in sight, so hopefully everyone’s mood is lifting out of lockdown and a sense of normality is (hopefully) returning.

So, what else is special about May?

May is the fifth month of the year, has 31 days, and is named after the Greek goddess Maia.

Spring Month

May is commonly associated as a month of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn (fall) in the Southern hemisphere. It is said that this is the month when plants really start to grow.

May's birth flower is the Lily of the Valley and the Crataegus monogyna.

Seasonal flowers include peonies, tulips and roses.

The birthstone for May is the emerald which represents love or success.

Some National Days/Events during the month include:

  • May is National Walking Month
  • The two Bank holidays are on Monday 3rd and Monday 31st May
  • National doughnut week May 9th to 15th May
  • World Fairtrade Day – 9th May
  • Food Allergy Awareness Week 10-15th May
  • Dying Matters Week – 11th -16th May
  • Eat what you want day – 11th May
  • National Vegetarian Week 11th May – 16th May
  • Dementia Action/Awareness Week – 17th May – 23rd May
  • Mental Health Awareness Week – 18th – 23rd May
  • English Tourism Week – 22nd – 31st May
  • English Wine Week – 23rd – 30th May
  • World Turtle Day – May 23rd
  • Schools football week – 24th – 30th May
  • National BBQ Week – 25th – 30th May
  • British Tomato Fortnight – 25th May – 6th June
  • National Wine Day – 25th May
  • The Fresh British Spring Clean – 28th May to 13th June
  • National Biscuit Day – 29th May

 

Seasonal fruit, veg and herbs…

Fruit in Season in May

Rhubarb

Vegetables in Season in May

Asparagus

Radish

Broccoli

Rocket

Carrots

Samphire

Cauliflower

Spinach

Cucumber

Spring Onions

Lettuce (Lamb’s and Curly)

Watercress Peas

Wild Nettles

Potatoes (Jersey Royal New Potatoes)

Herbs in Season in May

Basil

Mint

Sage

Chervil

Nasturtium

Sorrel

Chives

Oregano

Tarragon

Coriander

Parsley

Dill

Rosemary