What’s in season in April? Planting and produce this month

What’s in season in April? Planting and produce this month

From tulips to apple, cherry, magnolia and hawthorn blossom, April is a truly beautiful month in the UK. It’s not all about the candy pinks and whites, either. Daffodils linger, accompanied by the yellow flowering shrub forsythia and fields of rapeseed. Borders are bursting into life and growing at pace now, showing early hints of the summer displays to come.

April offers more opportunities to bring British cut flowers into our homes, and locally grown fresh green vegetables onto our plates. There’s a lot to enjoy this month – here are a few highlights.

What produce is in season? Fruits and vegetables in season in April

Vegetables in season in the UK in April include asparagus (from later in the month), broccoli, jersey royal new potatoes, salad leaves, purple sprouting broccoli, radishes, rocket, wild nettles, samphire, spinach, spring onions and watercress. The asparagus season is fleeting so we make sure to savour it come April. Wye Valley asparagus is some of the best you can buy.

Forced rhubarb gives way to outdoor grown rhubarb this month. It’s well worth experimenting with in desserts, bakes and on breakfast, but that’s about as far as it goes for seasonal, fresh fruit this month.

Foragers delight, it’s also wild garlic season! Wild garlic is easily identifiable – we’ve put together a guide on how to forage wild garlic with plenty of ideas around how to use this delicious ingredient.

April recipe inspiration:

Stewed forced rhubarb in a jar

Stewed rhubarb recipe

How to stew forced rhubarb for a vibrant topping for desserts and breakfasts.

Wooden trug with seasonal vegetables

Learn more about slow food

Discover the history of the slow food movement.

For more ideas, head to our list of seasonal recipe books.

List of seasonal food for April UK

Seasonal flowers and planting in April

In addition to the spring classics such as tulips, you’ll also find anemones, muscari (grape hyacinth) and lily of the valley. Green shoots and new growth will start to appear around the garden, with peonies and poppies preparing to flower in May and June.

There are plenty more seeds to sow in April, too. This month is the right time to be sowing sunflowers, plus summer vegetables such as peas, courgettes, cucumbers and more.

Slow, seasonal living this month

As the weather gets warmer and the evenings lighter, April is a great month to get reacquainted with the great outdoors to reap the benefits of reconnecting with nature. Did you know April is also Stress Awareness Month? Why not make time for a few long walks, or get up early to watch the sunrise on a clear day?

For more inspiration, head to our guide on how to slow down and find out more about the history of the slow food movement, or visit our April Pinterest board.