What’s in Season in October?

Let’s find out what fruits and vegetables are in season in October. Eating seasonally is good for the planet, your body and even your purse! In the UK, we’re waving goodbye to the last of summer favourites like tomatoes, lettuce and cucumber and saying hello to cosy autumn ingredients like root vegetables, squash, apples and pears. Find out what fruit and veg is in season this month and don’t forget to check out my recipes using the seasonal ingredients, too.

What does eating seasonally mean?

Eating “seasonally” means eating foods that are naturally harvested at that particular time of the year. It’s a bonus if you can find food that has been grown locally as it means the amount of travelling the produce has done will be considerably lower — big tick for less emissions!

Why eat seasonal produce?

It’s more affordable
Foods that are in season are likely to be more readily available and so they should be slightly cheaper. Quite often, seasonal produce will be “on offer” in supermarkets for this reason.

It’s tastier (and maybe even healthier!)
Seasonal produce should be fresher with better flavour and texture as they’ve been harvested when they are naturally fully ripe/developed. The nutrient levels can also be better in fresher food that hasn’t travelled far.

It’s generally better for the environment
Local seasonal produce (or produce that is grown in the same country as it’s being sold) means there’s no flying or shipping involved = less carbon emissions. Win win!

What’s in season in October?

Start of season:
Apple
Brussel sprouts
Jerusalem artichokes
Red cabbage
Quince
Onions
Pear
Potatoes

Still in season:
Blackberry
Cabbage (red, spring green, savoy, white)
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celeriac
Fennel
Garlic
Kale
Kohlrabi
Marrow
Mushrooms
Parsnip
Pumpkin
Shallots
Squash
Swede
Turnip

End of season:
Aubergine
Celery
Chard
Chicory
Courgette
Cucumber
Green bean
Lettuce
Pepper
Radish
Rocket
Spring onion
Sweetcorn
Tomato

October Seasonal Recipes

Pear, Beetroot & Blackberry Salad
This salad heroes an abundance of autumnal produce including every part of the beetroot. The blackberry dressing is a perfect balance between sweet and sharp.
Crispy Spiced Cauliflower Wings
Seasonal cauliflower made into “wings” with a crispy, curry-spiced coating and a cooling yoghurt and mint dip. Snacking = sorted.
Herby Beans & Greens
It doesn’t get much cosier than this! Creamy white beans loaded with autumnal greens and flavoured with lots of rosemary and thyme. Comfort food at it’s best!
Smoky Sweetcorn Chowder
End-of-season sweetcorn pairs with freshly harvested potatoes for a hearty, autumnal chowder with smoked paprika for a deep, smoky flavour.
Squash and Sage Pasta Sauce
This creamy, silky pasta sauce made from steamed butternut squash is a perfect speedy dinner for chilly autumn nights. Crispy sage is always a winner!
Miso Roasted Red Cabbage with Satay Dressing
Red cabbage is in season and this is the tastiest way to eat it: roasted until the outside is crispy and caramelised and drizzled with a zesty satay sauce-style dressing.
Truffle Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
Cauliflower is the hero ingredient in this creamy, cheesy truffle pasta sauce. Roast it until it’s golden and then blend it into the sauce for full on flavour!
Spicy Roasted Tomato Soup
Use up the last of the season’s tomatoes and peppers in this cosy soup with red lentils for extra creaminess and added protein. It’s a family favourite!

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