What’s In Season in May
The cheapest and most flavoursome fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices are likely to be what’s in season in May! Cooking seasonally will not only save you money but also ensure that your food has the most flavour. A complete list of what’s in season in May can be found below, along with some extra info on a couple of our seasonal favourites.
Spotlight on Lemon
When life gives you lemons … you’re in luck! Lemons are one of the most popular acid citrus fruits in the world. As well as being a staple in the human diet, Lemon is used in the pharmaceutical industry, in food processing, in the cosmetic industry, for the production of perfumes and in the manufacture of cleansing products. It is also a popular and versatile Essential Oil!
Lemons are full of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants. They are especially good sources of vitamin C and folate. Lemon is a staple food on the ships around the world because it prevents scurvy.
A whole raw lemon contains 139 percent of the daily recommended vitamin C intake and has 22 calories. The health benefits of lemons are due to its many nutritious elements like vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, niacin thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus and protein. In addition lemon contains flavonoids, which are composites that contain antioxidant and cancer fighting properties. Furthermore it helps prevent diabetes, constipation, high blood pressure, fever, indigestion, as well as improve the skin, hair, and teeth.
Another amazing benefit is that studies have found the juice of lemons destroy the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases. The lemon peel contains the potent phytonutrient tangeretin, which has been proven to be effective for brain disorders like Parkinson’s disease.
Lemon juice, rind, and peel are used in a wide variety of foods and drinks.
Some of our favourite Thermomix Lemon recipes:
- Lemon Chicken and Rosemary Risotto by ThermOMG
- White Chocolate Blueberry Scone Recipe w Lemon Glaze by ThermoKitchen
- Spari Steamed Fish by Fayi
Spotlight on Brussel Sprouts
Their packages are small, but fresh Brussels sprouts deliver big flavour and plenty of nutritional goodness. According to surveys, about 50 percent of us don’t like sprouts. Many people have a specific gene which makes them taste bitter and unpleasant.
For those of us that like them, Brussel Sprouts are exceptionally rich sources of protein, dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. In addition brussel sprouts are one of the low-glycemic nutritious vegetables. 100 grams of sprouts provide just 45 calories, 3.38g of protein, 3.8g of dietary fibre and zero cholesterol. Furthermore brussels sprouts are incredibly nutritious vegetables that offer protection from vitamin-A deficiency, bone loss, iron-deficiency anemia, and believed to protect from cardiovascular diseases and colon and prostate cancers.
Most people boil Brussels sprouts, however they can also be steamed, roasted, stir fried and grilled. Be careful not to overcook them as this can make them turn mushy and causes them to give off an unpleasant sulfurous smell.
Here are a few of our favourite Thermomix Brussel Sprouts recipes:
- Braised Brussel Sprouts and Second Chances by Quirky Cooking
- Skinnymixer’s Bacon and Brussel Sprouts
- Brussel Sprouts Coleslaw by Cooking with Tenina
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What’s In Season In May – Fruits
- Custard apples
- Mandarins: Imperial
- Oranges: Navel
What’s In Season In May – Vegetables
- Bok Choy
- Brussels sprouts
- Sweet potato
- Swiss chard
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