Sadly, our UK cherry orchards are in decline and most of our cherries are now imported from abroad.  

The cherry is part of the same family as the peach, apricot, plum and almond...namely the Rosaceae family.

These small, red fleshy fruits are believed to have been first introduced to Britain in the 1st Century A.D. by the Romans, having first discovered the little fruit in the Asia Minor in 700 BC.  In days of old cherries were used for medicinal purposes as well as for culinary uses.

The British asparagus season runs from April to June and it is considered to be the best in the world, read on for fun facts and reasons to eat this great home-grown 'Queen of Vegetables' kindly provided by the British Asparagus Growers.

Find recipes for Asparagus in HerRecipes

The UK is seeing a revival in the age old practice of taking of  'Afternoon Tea'.   As well as our 'coffee mornings', we now also meet for afternoon tea with friends more often and apparently the trend is growing. 

It's believed that the afternoon tea was the creation of Anna Maria Russell, Duchess of Bedford (3 September 1783 – 3 July 1857)who was a lifelong friend of Queen Victoria, whom she served as a Lady of the Bedchamber between 1837 and 1841.

Getting children to eat more fruit and vegetables can often be a challenge.

Nick has 10 top tips on how to encourage children to eat more of them and furthermore, how to enjoy doing it:

1. Firstly, don't stress (easier said than done, I know). No child is going to eat every kind of fruit and veg under the sun.