There may be less vegetables ready to be harvested in spring, but there are still some delicious homegrown varieties available such as wild garlic and rhubarb. This guide to seasonal vegetables in April will help you to eat with the seasons. With over 40 recipe suggestions included.
Spring is in full flow outdoors and while it has traditionally been a time of scarcity for homegrown produce, April has some delicious treats available.
What is the hungry gap?
April is the start of the hungry gap, the time when the winter stores of roots and cabbages start to run out and before the summer crops are ready to be harvested.
In the past this was often a time of great hardship, but because we import so much food nowadays most shoppers don't even notice.
However, if you'd like to eat seasonally you may notice that you have less choice this month - but still some delicious options.
Read on for my guide to seasonal vegetables in April.
WHAT VEGETABLES ARE IN SEASON IN APRIL IN THE UNITED KINGDOM?
The following vegetables are in season in April in the United Kingdom*.
You will also find recipe suggestions below. All of these are perfect to make in April and they'll help you to make the best of the vegetables that are in season now. Please note that some of these recipes are on my other blog, Sneaky Veg.
- Asparagus (late April)
Couscous with broad beans and asparagus
12 vegan asparagus recipes
Roasted tomato and asparagus pasta
Pea and asparagus salad
How to cook asparagus
Sweet potato and beetroot curry
Rainbow roasted root vegetables
Maple roasted carrots
Carrot and tofu ramen
One pot carrot curry
Celeriac and chestnut buckwheat salad
Butterbean and celeriac mash
Warm celeriac salad
Jerusalem artichoke and celeriac soup
Vegan frittata with chard
How to cook chard
Stir fried chard with tofu and chickpeas
- Kale (end of season)
Butternut squash and kale risotto
Kale and sweet potato salad
Sautéed kale and mushrooms
- New potatoes (late April)
Broccoli pesto pasta with new potatoes and green beans
Leek and parsnip soup
Parsnip, chickpea and cauliflower korma
Curried parsnip soup
Parsnip and cashew nut roast
Rosemary roast potatoes
Potato and fennel soup
Sage roasted potatoes
Herbed roasted radishes
Watercress, radish and asparagus salad
12 vegan rhubarb recipes
Spiced rhubarb chutney
Vegan rhubarb bars
Vegan rhubarb muffins
Chickpea and spinach curry
Spinach and mushroom rotolo
Potato and spinach curry
- Spring greens
Sautéed spring greens
- Spring onions
Vegan pad thai
- Wild garlic
Wild garlic pesto
MORE SEASONAL VEGETABLE GUIDES
If you live elsewhere in the northern hemisphere you will have similar vegetables in season. However, there will be regional differences in the kinds of vegetables that grow in your area.