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27 September 2017


Foods in Season: Seasonal Foods to try this Autumn

There is a lot of talk about foods that are ‘in season’ or are ‘seasonal’. For a lot of people, these foods often come to represent that season. For instance, you probably associate summer with strawberries, and autumn with pumpkins…and it’s not just because of Halloween!

What does it actually mean when a food is ‘in season’?

Being ‘in-season’ is certainly a buzz term that a lot of people would have come across, but may not realise what it means. Essentially, some foods taste their best during certain months or seasons: that is also the time when they are most harvested.

So to get the most flavour out of your cooking during this season, make sure to incorporate these foods into your meals during the colder months.

Apples and Pears

Autumn is the season of apple-picking! For many people, autumnal memories will be associated with apple-picking in the countryside.

Whilst there are many different types of apples that are in-season at different times, the colder seasons are when the majority of varieties are at their best.  

Gala and Cox apples, two of the most popular varieties, are in season during this time. As well as eating them fresh, the natural sweetness of Gala apples makes them perfect for an apple crumble. Alternatively, if you’re having people over, apples make a perfect flourish to a cheese board packed with a variety of cured meats and cheese.

Pumpkins and Butternut Squash

As October approaches, Pumpkins and pumpkin spice flavours will be EVERYWHERE. This is for a reason: pumpkins are healthy, yet creamy and sweet… for many, they embody all that’s great about the colder seasons.

 For instance, both pumpkin and butternut squash can be made into a delicious soup that will warm you up during the colder months. For something a bit heartier, yet equally delicious, pumpkins and butternut squashes mixed into risotto can make for the ultimate comfort food.

Oysters

Oysters are decadent and a treat to eat…but anyone who considers themselves an Oyster connoisseur will know that autumn seasons are when you can get the best quality ones. Good quality Oysters can be eaten fresh with very little additional ingredients- popular options are a drizzle of lemon juice, Cocktail sauce, or if you’re a purist, just as they are!

However, if cold Oysters do not sound appealing, fear not! You can try this recipe for Oyster Thermidor. After all, if you fancy something warm, what is better than creamy, grilled Oysters?

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Sources:

BBC Food / Seasons

BBC Food/ Seasonal Calendar

BBC Food/ Apple Crumble

BCC Food/ Pumpkin Soup

BBC Food/ Pumpkin Risotto

BBC Food/ Oysters Thermidor