What’s In Season In March In The UK

Keen to find out what’s in season in March? We’ve got the full list, plus some seasonal recipes to get you started.

leeks, carrots and spring onions

What Fruits Are In Season?

This month is the one time in the entire year when we're left high and dry on the fresh, seasonal UK fruit front. You can grab some apples at the store, but good luck finding anything else – it's a bit of a challenge.

If you happened to read up on our summer posts, maybe you stashed away some frozen summer fruits. But if not, no big deal. April isn't too far off, and that's when the fruit situation starts looking up again.

What Vegetables Are In Season?

These are just some of the vegetables that are in season in the UK during the month of March:

  • Artichoke
  • Beetroot
  • Purple sprouting broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumber
  • Wild garlic
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Parsnip
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Spring onions
  • Swede
  • Watercress

How To Eat Seasonally

In March, eating seasonally in the UK is all about enjoying the shift from winter to spring tastes. Finish up those hearty winter veggies like parsnips and leeks, and get ready for the burst of spring freshness. Look for early spring greens like spinach and watercress, and indulge in the sweet and tangy goodness of rhubarb. You can still rely on root veggies and brassicas for that mix of comfort and freshness. But it’s time to try out new recipes that highlight these seasonal goodies, and think about signing up for a vegetable box, like Oddbox, to easily get your hands on March's delicious offerings.

Seasonal Breakfast Ideas

In March, consider experimenting with heartier, savoury breakfast options that include ingredients like spinach, spring onions, and purple sprouting broccoli. If you're still in the mood for something sweet, try making rhubarb pancakes!

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Chia Seed, Rhubarb & Vanilla Pancakes

These vegan pancakes are so delicious and easy to make. They also look beautiful inside and out, thanks to the bright pink rhubarb. Simply the perfect spring breakfast, served with a drizzle of maple syrup for good measure.

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Spinach Pancakes with Fried Egg & Maple Syrup

This delicious brunch recipe is perfect for a lazy weekend at home. Serve with a fried egg and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Purple Sprouting Broccoli Huevos Rancheros

One Pan Purple Sprouting Broccoli Huevos Rancheros 

This quick, one-pan Mexican-inspired recipe makes the perfect for brunch or midweek supper. The sprouting broccoli is cooked in chopped tomatoes with garlic, chilli and eggs (or tofu). 

Seasonal Lunch Ideas

March is the time of year to pack your lunches with fresh beetroot, crunchy cucumbers and buttery swede.

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Beetroot Rosti with Tangy Tomato Chutney

This dish uses just a handful of ingredients, but showcases two cooking techniques, It's perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner.

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30 Minute Meals: Vietnamese-inspired Cucumber Summer Rolls w/ Spicy Peanut Dip

“Summer rolls packed with fresh cucumber, zesty herbs and rice noodles served with a spicy peanut dip. These are great for picnics, summer bbq or as a light dinner or lunch. The cucumber is the perfect filling as it’s crunchy and fresh! These summer rolls are incredibly versatile and super fun to make.” - Storm, guest ODDBOX chef (@whatstormeats).

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Ginger Swede Stir Fry

Throw together this super speedy stir-fry in just 30 minutes. Cutting the swede in thin ribbon with a vegetable peeler makes the perfect trick for cooking this buttery veg!

Seasonal Dinner Ideas

This time of year, dinners are all about the goodness of cauliflower, leeks, and kale. They're a fantastic way to make sure you're getting in your 5-a-day with a smile.

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Zero-waste Cauliflower Cheese

This cauliflower cheese uses both the cauliflower florets, stalk and leaves. It is comfort food at its best, simple to make and relatively quick too.

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Spicy Miso Braised Leeks with Noodles

Ready in 20 minutes, these braised leeks with garlic and miso tossed in ramen noodles tick all the boxes.

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Kale Shakshuka

This comforting winter dish can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The kale is cooked in chopped tomatoes and served with (or without) poached eggs, feta cheese (or vegan feta) and served alongside crusty bread.

Seasonal Dessert Ideas

Don't forget about the sweet stuff - rhubarb is a wonderful addition to any dessert, or you can also experiment with the sweetness of carrots.

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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Make the most of your carrots with this moist carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. The carrots are grated with their skins to add a lovely sweetness and moisture to the cake. Serve as a dessert or sweet afternoon treat.

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Rhubarb Crumble & White Chocolate Custard

A timeless pudding to make the most of the seasonal rhubarb in Spring. The tangy fruit is balanced with the oaty crumble topping and chocolaty custard. 

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Rhubarb & White Chocolate Victoria Sponge Cake  

A Victoria sponge is the classic British celebration cake. And this version puts a twist on the original, layering sponge with rhubarb jam and white chocolate buttercream frosting.