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Food in Focus

A guide to our favourite seasonal ingredients.

Morel Mushrooms

Morel Mushrooms
April

These elusive and expensive mushrooms are only grown in the wild.

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Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Purple Sprouting Broccoli
March

Celebrated for its superior nutrient levels and importance to health.

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Forced Rhubarb

Forced Rhubarb
February

The outlandishly coloured vegetable that thinks it’s a fruit.

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Beetroot

Beetroot
January

Beetroot has enjoyed something of a deserved comeback in recent years.

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Sprouts

Sprouts
December

This much-maligned vegetable that is a horror for some at Christmas, has some fantastic nutrient levels.

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Pumpkin

Pumpkin
November

There is much more to this amazing autumnal vegetable than carving out spooky faces.

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Curly Kale

Curly Kale
October

Endorsed by nutritionists all over the world because of its incredible nutritional potential!

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Celeriac

Celeriac
September

Loaded with important vitamins and minerals

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Victoria Plums

Victoria Plums
August

The most popular plum in the UK is also one of the most attractive.

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Watermelon

Watermelon
July

This popular summer fruit is full of water and is an excellent way to stay hydrated. It also has some surprising uses and health benefits.

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Flat Peaches

Flat Peaches
June

These unusually shaped peaches have similar nutrition profiles to regular, but for sweetness, looks and convenience they are great.

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Broad Beans

Broad Beans
May

Once peeled this grey bean becomes a green jewel to brighten light, late Spring dishes.

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Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom Tomatoes
April

Heirloom tomatoes are much more flavourful than regular tomatoes and have pedigree.

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Wild Garlic

Wild Garlic
March

This wonderful rare herb that appears in March, is a treasure in the kitchen with some surprising health benefits.

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Conference Pears

Conference Pears
February

Britain’s favourite pear is surprisingly rich in health benefiting properties.

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Rainbow Chard

Rainbow Chard
January

The health benefits are just what you need after an indulgent festive break.

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Romanesco

Romanesco
September

This unique vegetable is not only incredible looking, but it has an even better nutritional profile than cauliflower.

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Food in Focus: How To Best Manage Stress

HEALTH MATTERS

HOW TO BEST MANAGE STRESS

Virtually everyone today lives with some form of stress and yet most people are unaware of its profound impact on health. Stress and its related conditions form the second most reported group of work-related ill-health conditions, after musculoskeletal disorders. Stress also dramatically affects the immune system and how we cope with illness. Research has shown that stress can sometimes be positive, as it makes us more alert and helps us perform better in certain situations. However, stress has only been found to be beneficial if it is short-lived. Read on to see how you can best manage stress.

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