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Friday, May 09, 2008

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has called for restaurants that serve fruit and vegetables out of season to be fined for not using home-grown produce.

Gordon Ramsay's war on out-of-season vegetables

Extract from the Telegraph:

"Ramsay said he had spoken to the Prime Minister Gordon Brown briefly about the issue and warned that buying food from abroad made cooks lazy.

"If we don't restrict our movements within this industry of seasonal produce only, then the whole thing will spiral out of control," he told the BBC.

He criticised fellow celebrity chef Delia Smith for her support of ready-made food and canned goods.

"I would expect students struggling on £15 a week to survive eating from a can but the nation's favourite, all-time icon reducing us down to using frozen, canned food - it's an insult," he said.

"And it makes our lives, from a chef's point of view, a lot harder. Here we are trying to establish a reputation across the world for this country's food and along comes Delia and tips it out of a can. That hurts."

Here is a list of which vegetables, according to the food website Eat the Seasons, are in season and when:

January - beetroot, brussels sprouts, parsnip, apples

February - cauliflower, chicory, leeks, pears

March - purple sprouting broccoli, rhubarb, spring onions

April - jersey royal new potatoes, radishes, watercress

May - asparagus, spinach, spring onions

June - artichoke, carrots, courgettes, runner beans

July - broad beans, cucumber, onions

August - peas, potatoes, raspberries, plums

September - butternut squash, marrow, blackberries

October - celery, kale, chestnuts, elderberries

November - pumpkin, swede, quince, walnuts

December - turnips, leeks, apples"

Fruit and vegetables can help you lose excess weight and improve your health in many other ways too. - See Sodium in foods and

Associated health conditions