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What’s in Season?

Different types of tomatoes at the London Borough markets

Why should you cook foods that are in season?  If you can, there are a few reasons.

  • Firstly, it’s cheaper!  If a food item is in season, and is grown in your country, then the local producers have this food item ready to be sold today.  It’s the most basic way to farm and supply.
  • It’s healthier.  It’s fresher, tastier and much more nutritious. The food is in its natural form and hasn’t been altered or added to so it can be supplied out of season.
  • It’s better for the environment.  Again, if a food item is in season, and is grown in your country, it isn’t flown in or travelled all the way from another country.

So what’s in season?

 Northern Hemisphere (Europe, Asia, Nth America)Southern Hemisphere
(Oceania, Africa, Sth America)
Northern Hemisphere (Europe, Asia, Nth America)Southern Hemisphere
(Oceania, Africa, Sth America)
VegetablesSavoy cabbage (peak)Cos lettuce (peak)
Leeks (peak)Peas
Purple sprouting broccoliMangetout (sweet peas)
CauliflowerTurnip
Carrot: (Try German recipes: Ham hock and lentil stew)Iceberg & Curly Lettuce, Chicory, Swiss chard & Rocket
Brussel sproutsSpinach: (Try Italian Recipes: Cooked Italian gnudi with tomato sauce)
TurnipTomato: (Try French Recipes: Salad Nicoise)
SwedeRadish
ParsnipsAubergine (eggplant)
Jerusalem artichokeBeetroot: (Try Australian recipes: Burger with the lot)
Green cabbageCucumber: (Try Greek Recipes: Greek Salad or Summer salad)
Pepper (capsicum)
Carrot: (Try British recipes: Carrot cake with cream cheese icing)
Courgette (zucchini) & Marrow
Sweet corn
Globe artichoke
Broad and runner beans
Watercress
Celery
Cauliflower
Spring onion
Red cabbage
FruitBlood orangeRaspberries (peak): (Try: Australian recipe: Raspberry Friands)
Lemon: (Try Middle Eastern recipe: Hummus)Plums (peak): (Try German recipe: Plum cake (Pflaumenkuechen)
PearApple: (Try German Recipes: Herman Apple Cake (Friendship cake)
OrangeBlueberries
DateBlackberries
TangerineNectarine
Apricot
Strawberries: (Try British recipe: Eton Mess)
Guava
Banana
Grapes
Lime: (Try Chinese recipe: Salt & Pepper squid)
Lychee
Mango
Melons
Passionfruit: (Try Australian recipe: Passionfruit slice)
Pineapple
Peach
HerbsGingerChives
Garlic: (Try French recipe: Roast chicken with 40 cloves garlic)Dill
HorseradishChilli
Coriander
Sage
Thyme: (Try British recipe: Sausage rolls)
Mint
Oregano
Basil: (Try Basil pesto)
Parsley: (Try Moroccan meatballs)
Garlic: (Try Middle Eastern Hummus)
Rosemary
NutsWalnuts: (Try German recipe: Fig Bread)Almonds: (Try Baklava)
Meat and FishMussels: (Try Belgian recipe: Mussels)Sardine
ClamsCrab
Sea BassScallop
CocklesGrey mullet
GooseSea Bass
VenisonLamb: (Try Irish Lamb stew)

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