As September draws to a close and we head into October the change in season will start to become much more obvious. The leaves will change colour, it’ll feel a bit colder and the night will draw in quicker – not only that but lots of filling, hearty flavours will come into season.
October’s fruit and veg
First off, obviously, apples and blackberries are everywhere at the moment (all the better for making crumbles with!) but you can also find figs, grapes, pears, plums, quinces and raspberries at this time of year.
When it comes to vegetables, button mushrooms, carrots, cauliflower, potatoes and onions will continue to be available. Newer vegetables this month include aubergines, red cabbages, broccoli, brussel sprouts, celeriac, celery, chillies, cucumber, parsnips, pak choi, artichokes, radishes, pumpkins, spinach, swedes, squashes, sweetcorn and turnips.
You’ll also find a number of herbs coming into season such as chives, coriander, fennel, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary and sage. You’ll also find things like thyme available around this time of year.
You’ll start to see a few more varieties of fish coming to fishmongers and menus as October continues.
This month’s seasonal delights include brill, clams, sardines, coley, crabs, Dover sole, hake, langoustines, lemon sole, lobster, mussels, pollack, mullet, sea bass, tuna and winkles. You might also see cod, eel, haddock, squid and halibut making appearances.
When it comes to meat and poultry, the autumn months are all about game. Goose, grouse, guinea fowl, hare, lamb, partridge, pheasant, venison, duck and woodcock are all more prevalent in October. Though, of course, you can still find beef, chicken, pork, rabbit, venison and pigeon available for a hearty meal.
What are your favourite things to eat at this time of year? Let us know! If you need inspiration, don’t forget to check out our recipes page.