Eating seasonally means eating food that's naturally ripe and ready for harvest in your local area at the time, instead of imported foods from different climates around the world.
Eating organic, seasonal food, or food that you've grown at home can make a big difference in cutting down your food miles, helping to make your diet more sustainable and reduce your carbon footprint.
Autumn has officially arrived. October marks the end of summer's salad spreads, and the beginning of squash and soup season! Look out for UK-grown:
- Beetroots - though we're used to seeing beets year-round, their second season of the year actually ends in October, after which they're cold-stored for winter
- Broccoli - October to April is prime time for broccoli
- Cauliflowers - the start of winter season cauliflowers arrived in September and remain in season throughout winter
- Leeks - the first of these wonderful winter veg are coming into season
- Mushrooms - it's wild mushroom season! If you know what you're looking for, get outside and forage, or look for harvested wild varieties in your local shop
- Parsnips, Potatoes, Swede and Carrots - the classic British root veg are now all in season!
- Squash - It's Halloween season, which means squashes of all varieties are blooming right now. Look out for butternut, pumpkin, red kuri and spaghetti
October is foraging season! Britain's hedgerows are full of life right now, packed with fruits and berries. In the wild, in gardens, and in the shops, you can find:
- Quince - click here to learn how best to use it
- The last of the blackberries, raspberries and plums - check the label to be sure of their origin!
Now is also the best time to make the most of the nuts on offer in the UK. Sweet chestnuts and hazelnuts (cobnuts) abound at this time of year. Learn to identify the trees and fruits correctly and you'll be in for a treat!
- Apple, pear, quince and other fruit tree-owners can enjoy the spoils of their crops at this time of year
- If you're looking to plant fruit trees (or any other trees or hedges), now is the time to do so! Get outside and get digging, before the cold sets in!
- It's time to sow vegetables for you to enjoy next spring, known as overwintering -think spring cabbages, garlic and overwintering beans
- If you're quick, there's still time to sow green manures such as crimson clover and ryegrass to act as a soil improver and to cover bare areas. When dug in, they conserve nutrients and improve soil texture
What we choose to put on our plates has the power to make a world of difference. Find out how choosing organic can offer solutions to many of the crises around our climate, nature, and our health.
A great way ensure you are eating seasonally is to subscribe to a fruit, veg or meat box. You'll be joining a community of amazing citizens, farmers and organisations who are making sure the way we farm and eat is better for our health, better for nature and wildlife, and better for the climate too.
These tasty fritters from Riverford are simple to prepare, fun to make with the family and a great way to utilize your leftovers for a zero-waste Halloween
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