It's extremely slim pickings for British fruit this month. Last year's stored Bramleys and indoor rhubarb are both coming to an end and there's not a thing in to relace them. Not yet. If we were wild beasties living outside and only on what's available, we'd be looking at our very poorest. Lacklustre, rangey and mangey. Our stored resources from last summer would have been burned up long ago, in the coldest months of winter. Now, we'd be waiting, waiting, waiting for the new buds, grass, insects or other natural edibles to arrive. In fact, with our winter coat digested way back Nov-Jan time we'd be at our annual weakest and stupidest right now; once fat stores have been exhausted the body metabolises muscle and brain tissue to make up for any ongoing deficits in energy intake. Grim but true.