Beltane Foods: Because May Day is Just Another Excuse to Eat

Hey there, foodies! It’s almost Beltane, the time of year when the weather gets warmer, the days get longer, and the plants start to bud. But let’s be real, one of the best parts of Beltane is the food. I mean, sure, the ancient Celts may have celebrated the fertility of the earth, but let’s not kid ourselves – they were really just in it for the snacks.

So, in honour of this ancient tradition (and my own love of eating), I’ve put together a list of Beltane foods that will have you dancing around the maypole with joy.

  1. Scones
    What’s more British than scones, you ask? Well, how about scones with a Beltane twist? These little treats can be made with seasonal ingredients like rhubarb, strawberries, or even dandelion petals (yes, you read that right). Just slather them with some clotted cream and jam, and you’ll be in Beltane heaven.
  2. Mead
    If you’re going to celebrate Beltane properly, you’re going to need some mead. This honey-based beverage has been enjoyed for centuries and is the perfect way to toast the arrival of spring. Plus, if you drink enough of it, you might just start seeing fairies (although we don’t recommend trying to catch them).
  3. Asparagus
    Okay, I know what you’re thinking – asparagus is kind of boring and makes your pee stink. But hear me out. Asparagus is in season during Beltane, and when it’s fresh, it’s absolutely delicious. Try roasting it with some garlic and lemon, or wrapping it in prosciutto for an indulgent treat.
  4. Lamb
    Lamb is a traditional Beltane food because it represents new life and fertility. Plus, it’s just darn tasty. Try making a lamb stew with root vegetables and barley, or grill up some lamb chops with a rosemary and garlic marinade. Just be sure to leave some leftovers for the fairies.
  5. Wild Garlic
    Wild garlic (also known as ramps) is a pungent herb that’s in season during Beltane. It’s perfect for adding flavour to soups, stews, and even scrambled eggs. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try making some wild garlic pesto to spread on crackers or bread.

So there you have it – five Beltane foods that will make your taste buds sing. Whether you’re celebrating with a big feast or just cooking up a storm in your kitchen, these foods are sure to make your Beltane celebration one to remember. Just don’t forget to leave out some food for the fairies – they get hungry too!


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