HOW TO EAT SEASONALLY: WHAT FOOD IS IN SEASON IN THE UK AND WHEN
WHAT IS EATING SEASONALLY?
As the seasons come and go around the world, the weather changes and so does the type of produce that grows. To put it simply, eating seasonally is when you are eating foods that are ready to harvest at the same time of year that your are eating them.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO EAT SEASONALLY?
Eating seasonally is very environmentally friendly! When you buy seasonal food you are helping to reduce the demand for out of season produce (which needs to be shipped/transported from other countries) and you’re also supporting local farming. This means less refrigeration, less transportation, less artificial hothouses, less fuels and less irradiation of produce.
Much of the food grown overseas has been grown in places with a more relaxed policy on pesticides, soil quality etc which means you can’t always be sure of the quality of what you’re buying...
WHY WE LOVE EATING SEASONALLY
1. It tastes better!
Food grown and picked in season will taste far riper, fresher and sweeter. As it’s not being imported it won’t have had to endure the transportation time or being picked ahead of its ripeness!
2. It costs less!
When there is a large harvest of in-season produce, the cost of said produce will go down! We love buying in bulk boxes and freezing what we don’t use for later. If it’s in season it’s also more likely to be produced locally, which also pushes the cost down due to no need for large transportation or storage costs.
3. It has more nutrients!
Many nutrients in your produce will decline over time. By eating seasonal foods you are more likely to get the full nutritional benefits from said food. Seasonal food will often appear much brighter and plump than non-seasonal.
4. It supports our body’s nutritional needs according to season.
In the winter we are provided with hardy winter vegetables for warm wholesome foods such as soups and stews. In the summer, stone fruits provide us with extra beta-carotenes and other carotenoids that help to protect us against sun damage. Isn’t nature nice!
HOW TO EAT SEASONALLY
Nowadays with such well stocked supermarkets it can be really easy to become unaware of what’s actually in season and what’s not!
Check the list below for what foods are in season corresponding with the current month and aim to buy more of the below foods when shopping at your nearest greengrocers, supermarket or farmer’s market. We do love a good farmer’s market as your produce will be coming from local growers which makes it more environmentally friendly! Why not choose a few of your favourite ingredients from the seasonal food list below and then google them together to find an awesome seasonal recipe? We love discovering new recipes this way!
SEASONAL FOOD LIST
WHAT FRUIT AND VEGETABLES ARE IN SEASON IN THE UK AND WHEN?
Please see the seasonal calendar for what’s in season below!
Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Currants – black, red and white
Lettuce & Salad Leaves
VURGER CO. TIP- Don’t forget that it’s possible to grow herbs all year round making them an all round seasonal food! Try growing your own on a kitchen windowsill all year round or outdoors (after the last frost). Herbs grow great in pretty much anything, but we like upcycling old food containers/tins etc that would otherwise be thrown away. Herbs are a ‘cut and come again’ crop which means they grow back each time your harvest the leaves- as long as removed correctly. Check out this guide for how to pick different herbs to keep them growing.
NOTE: We’re not saying ONLY to eat the foods listed above- like all things it’s about moderation and making those daily conscious choices that make a larger impact. You’ll find that when you eat more seasonal foods everything automatically tastes fresher and more vibrant! Why not start by incorporating a seasonal food item in your dinner tonight?
APPS WE RECOMMEND FOR EATING SEASONALLY IN THE UK
A very basic but functional app that allows you to search by month and country to see what is in season. It’s a good quick reference for when you’re on the go.
This app is a great resource for finding simple plant based/vegan recipes with simple and few ingredients. You can search by ingredient which makes this perfect for seasonal eating. Simply type the seasonal produce in and it comes up with a whole host of food recipes using that ingredient! You can then choose to add that recipe to your in-app weekly vegan meal planner and even put the ingredients into an in-app shopping list for you. With an additional built in free yoga video hub we couldn’t recommend this app enough!
THIS ALL SOUND GOOD TO YOU?
WHY NOT TRY EATING LOCALLY TOO!
When buying locally from farmer’s markets you are supporting your local economy and local growers. It also means you’re more likely to be getting produce picked at the peak of its ripeness as it doesn’t have to travel as far! Sounds good to us! The only weigh up is that it can cost a little more but it’s up to you to decide if it’s a worthwhile trade! We love treating ourselves to a trip to the farmer’s market on a Saturday and having a good mooch! It’s also a great way to gage what’s currently in season.
Want to delve even further into seasonal eating? Check out our beginners guide to growing your own urban vegetable garden here!
Thanks for tuning in and happy seasonal eating!
The Vurger Co. Team