How The Best Olive Oil Can Compliment Spring Flavours

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil Is a Great Addition To The Season’s Produce

Seasonal Spring Vegetables
Seasonal Spring Vegetables

Spring is finally here and for food lovers, this means delicious seasonal flavours to enjoy – many of which pair well with a high-quality extra virgin olive oil like Morocco Gold.

Warm weather means lighter eating, and what could be lighter than fresh, seasonal produce? This time of year is perfect for experimenting with different flavors and spices in your cooking. One way to add flavor is by using the best olive oil available.

Olive oil is a great way to add richness and depth to any dish. It can be used as a marinade, dressing, or dip. For example, try mixing it with some vinegar and herbs to make a simple vinaigrette for salads. Olive oil also pairs well with grilled vegetables or fish. You can even use it as a finishing touch for pastas or rice dishes. With so many ways to enjoy olive oil, here are just a few ideas on how to incorporate it into the heart of your springtime meals.

What Are The Main Springtime Fruit And Vegetables?

If, like many of us at Morocco Gold, you are keen to follow the Mediterranean Diet principals by including more fruit and vegetables into your diet, Spring is a great time to explore some seasonal options.  These include:

Kiwis
Lemons
Avocados
Cherries
Spinach

Zucchini
Onions
Fresh herbs
Asparagus
Carrots

Cauliflower
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Cucumber
Lettuce

These vegetables and fruits work very well in mains, starters, sides or desserts.  When it comes to cooking with a seasonal flair, Spring is a great time to use herbs to finish dishes and marinade dishes.  And what better way to give your marinade a feeling of health and indulgence that with a quality extra virgin olive oil, such as Morocco Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

Head on over to our dedicated recipe page to try this delicious grilled vegetable salad with extra virgin olive oil or for something a little more adventurous, this Zaalouk Salad Recipe is bound to wow your Easter guests.

What Meat Is In Season At Springtime?

Moroccan Herb Tabbouleh
Moroccan Herb Tabbouleh

When we think of meat associated with Spring, most of us may think of a tender leg of lamb or lamb joint.  However,  there are many other Springtime choices for meat lovers – many of which work well with extra virgin olive oil.  It can sometimes be used in the cooking stage or simply as part of a side dish to accompany your meat centrepiece.

This Spring the following meats are in season:

  • Hare
  • Rabbit
  • Wood Pigeon
  • Lamb
  • Poussin

According to olive oil expert Judy Ridgway, extra virgin olive oil enhances game recipes.  And, as she explains, there are not just taste advantages to incorporating the best olive oil into your recipes:

“The olive oil helps to lubricate what can often be quite dry meat and gives an excellent flavour to the dish.  Using olive oil in this way also contributes to the two to three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil a day which many experts believe can reduce the risk of chronic disease and lead to a healthier future,”

Judy Ridgway

And when it comes to pairing lamb with extra virgin olive oil, nothing quite does it justice like a beautiful lamb tagine – the ultimate Moroccan masterpiece.

Here is one of our top picks from the Morocco Gold Recipe collection: Lamb Tagine With Herb Tabbouleh. Packed with spring flavours.

We hope you are inspired to explore some of the best flavours that Spring has to offer with a bottle of the best extra virgin olive oil close at hand.

Happy Cooking!