Give your autumn menu a little bit of a shake up! Take a look at the fruit and vegetables that are in season right now, that’ll keep serving up fresh meals night after night…
Eat the Seasons: Autumn
What’s in season now?
A menu focused on seasonal produce has never been so cool. But why is it so important to eat the freshest, most abundantly available produce there is? The answer is pretty simple – it’s better for everyone, from yourself to the farmers, and the planet as a whole. The less distance and time we put from the moment the vegetables are pulled from the ground to when they sit on our plates, means we are getting the best possible nutrition from our food, taking out the pesticides and preservatives.
Come autumn people seem to think that all the delicious, fresh flavours have gone along with summer – but they couldn’t be more wrong. There is so much in-season produce that can be used to create healthy, tasty and nutritious meals and not only the stews and roasts associated with the cold weather.
Fruit & Veg in Season Now:
Aubergine, Apples, Beetroot, Blackberries, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Celery, Chestnuts, Chicory, Chillies, Courgette, Cucumber, Elderberries, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Marrow, Onions, Parsnips, Pears, Peas, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radishes, Rocket, Runner Beans, Spinach, Spring Greens, Spring Onions, Summer Squash, Swede, Sweetcorn, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watercress, Wild Mushrooms, Winter Squash.
Where to buy?
Although supermarkets are great and have become more organically conscious with places such as Whole Foods, the best way to ensure you’re getting the freshest of fresh is to head down to a farmers’ market. Country dwellers will be well aware of their closest market, but Londoners, fear not; there are plenty of options in town, too. These are some of the best:
Alexandra Palace Market
There is huge variety of fruit and veg, which is sourced from all over the country. Alexandra Palace Campsbourne School. Every Sunday from 10am-3pm. weareccfm.com
Marylebone Farmers’ Market
Quickest to get the new seasonal produce, you’ll be first to grab the just-in raspberries. Cramer Street Car Park. Every Sunday from 10am-2pm. lfm.org.uk
Pimlico Road Farmers’ Market
Full of fresh produce with a twist, this market possibly has the fanciest products around. Orange Square, Pimlico Road. Every Saturday from 9am-1pm. lfm.org.uk
This market is Britain’s best-known for a reason– with over 100 stalls, you’ll find everything you need and more. Southwark Street. Monday-Saturday from 10am-5pm. boroughmarket.org.uk
If you don’t have time to get down to the markets, Abel & Cole do some great seasonal fruit and veg boxes. They get delivered straight to your door and the best part is, there’s no guilt involved as it’s all locally sourced and organic! Check out their fab seasonal recipe ideas, too.
To help you get inspired by the produce that’s in season now, we’ve found a few recipes which will make sure you get the best out of autumn’s produce.
Cauliflower is a great vegetable to cook with in autumn. Packed with flavour, it’s delicious boiled and drizzled with olive oil as a side or even deep fried if you’re feeling naughty. When mixed with spices, it makes a great curry which is light and guilt-free. Why not try this Abel & Cole recipe for curried coconut and cauliflower quinoa? Find the full recipe here.
Another ingredient people often forget about in autumn is berries. Not only great in a crumble or pie, they’re great fresh with a sprinkle of sugar or heated up and added to yoghurt. Why not try out Tom Parker-Bowles’ Rose Petal Pudding where the integral ingredient is ‘seasonal berries’? Find the full recipe here.
So whilst you might naturally gravitate towards your autumn favourites of chestnuts and parsnips, let yourself be inspired by what’s on offer this season when you’re cooking your next meal.