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British Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

It’s important to eat seasonally for many reasons, the main ones being that you support your local farmers/ producers, cut costs on added airmiles and reduce your C02 footprint. Also food just tastes nicer when its fresher and not artificially ripened or preserved. It’s really easy to not know how to eat seasonally because the supermarkets stock the same fruits and vegetables all year around, although you will notice the prices change throughout the year! For example, Strawberries will be really expensive in February as they are a summer fruit and Figs are at a premium in May/ June as their season is early autumn.

The other thing to look out for in the supermarket is whether you are buying British grown produce (or your country if not in the UK). When fruit and veg comes into season in the UK you suddenly see a huge increase in the amount of British local varieties on the shelves. If everything is flown in then thats a good indication that its not the correct season for it.

Of course the other thing to do is buy from your local market and farmers markets, although be careful because I found out my local market had many fruits which had been flown in!! Now that’s one way to confuse the consumer! Make sure you ask about the produce before purchasing.

Below I have listed my seasonal guide which I use and include in my “Seasonal Produce: Guide and Recipes” tab at the top of the blog. I haven’t included every fruit or vegetable and some do overlap seasons 🙂 Also things like mushrooms, although they do have a season, are good to eat all year around!

Spring (March, April, May,)

  • Asparagus
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumber
  • New Potatoes
  • Purple Sprouting Broccoli
    • Rhubarb
  • Snow peas
  • Sorrel
  • Spinach
  • Spring Greens/ Cabbage
  • Spring Onion
  • Watercress
Vegan Apple, Spinach and Asparagus Pizza

Vegan Apple, Spinach and Asparagus Pizza

Summer (June, July, August)

  • Aubergine
  • Beetroot
  • Blueberries
  • Broad Beans
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Courgette
  • Fennel
  • Greengages
  • New Potatoes
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Plums
  • Radishes
  • Rocket
  • Spinach
  • Shallots
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Watercress
Vegan Tofu and Garden Pea 'Quiche'

Vegan Tofu and Garden Pea ‘Quiche’

Autumn (September, October, November)

  • Apples
  • Beetroot
  • Brocolli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Figs
  • Garlic
  • Globe Artichoke
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Parsnip
  • Pears
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Swede
  • Sweetcorn
  • Sweet Potato
  • Swiss Chard
  • Turnip
Maple and Mustard Sweet Potatoe Salad with Hazelnuts

Maple and Mustard Sweet Potato Salad with Hazelnuts

Winter (December, January, February)

  • Apples
  • Brussel Sprouts (on the stalk)
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chantenay Carrots
  • Chesnut
  • Chicory
  • Jerusalem Artichoke
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Parsnips
  • Pears
  • Savoy Cabbage
  • Sweet Potato
  • Swede
  • Turnip
Celeriac Bubble and Squeak with Cranberry Sauce

Celeriac Bubble and Squeak with Cranberry Sauce

For more information on British Seasons check out Love British Food Website or Eat the Seasons Website.

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3 thoughts on “British Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

  1. I find it’s the same at some of the farmer markets here, most of the fruit and veg tends to be the same stuff you would find at the grocery store. It’s pretty annoying. Great guide, wish there was something like this for Canada 🙂

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