Spring is here, the days will be getting longer and the sun will be shining down on us more regularly (here's hoping it lasts past April!)

Gardens and allotments are ripe for the picking, but which veg our ready now?

Here are a few of our favourite:

Asparagus, harvested now until June, this is the perfect time to pick up a spear and learn how to make hollandaise.

Beetroot, perfect for salads and delicious warmed up with some strong cheese on a crusty loaf

Chard, at its best right now; before the weather gets too hot; use it in stirfrys or as an accompaniment to your Sunday lunch.

Radishes, people forget about the tasty radish, it's easy to prepare just slice and drizzle with honey for a unique salad.

Purple sprouting broccoli, the delicate colour and exceptional taste, simply cook and served with a poached egg.