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:
Still in season:
Cabbage (red, spring green, savoy, white)
End of season: