Well, yes, sorta.
But these seasons slip by unnoticed, while we gorge on a monolithic diet of white bread, potatoes and red meat. We steadfastly ignore the real beauty of the alimentary calendar. The unique landscape and growing conditions found in each UK region should allow a recognisable distinctiveness that local people can not only take pride in but also work to their advantage.
Why not attract a large crowd to the opening of the mackerel season in Newlyn? Or celebrate the onset of gooseberry season in Evesham with a well-publicised race to get the first punnet to London – as is done with Beaujolais nouveau?
Most wromantic but logically wrong. For we are here agreeing that there is to be trade in food across regions in the UK. Fine, excellent, nothing wrong with that.
But once you\’ve accepted the principle of trade, once even two adjoining households are to swap their surplus production, all you have left to argue about is the boundaries of that trade area. And why on earth should said boundary be anything less than the entire globe?
Something which, of course, means that the eating seasonally here proposed is somewhat redundant for of course everything is in season somewhere.