Walking the aisles of supermarkets it is easy to be confused about what constitutes seasonal food. A lot of produce is now imported to give us the “choice” we have become accustomed to. It usually comes at the price of flavour, nutritional content and food miles.
There is no doubt that vegetables and fruit grown in season taste better. They are also typically more nutritious. Produce that is shipped in from abroad is often harvested early and kept in chilled containers. It ripens out of the natural environment and does not develop its full flavour.
Eating seasonal food also makes sense from an environmental point of view as most of out-of-season produce is either flown in from abroad or grown in artificial conditions, such as in heated greenhouses in winter.
Visiting your local farm shop, butcher, fishmonger or market is your best bet to find produce that is both local and seasonal. You can also sign up for a vegetable box service as they generally are pretty good are keeping with the seasons.
Below you will find recipes organised by month so you can make the best of the season!